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Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line
Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

Edited by Tom Harper

HISTORY

272 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $65.00 (US $65.00) (CA $87.95)

Publication Date: April 2017

ISBN 9780712356626

Rights: US & CA

British Library Publishing (Apr 2017)

Price: $65.00
 
 

Overview

A stunning, far-reaching review of what maps have to tell us about war and peace, money, movement and society of the 20th century

The 20th century was a period of profound political, social and technological change. Population growth and movement, revolutions in transportation and communication, and the onset of the digital age meant that life would never be the same. It is impossible to overstate the significance of maps, which crept into everyday life during this period. They are always subjective, and always worthy of interrogation. Highlights of this global study include a trench-map of the Somme battlefields, a bomb damage map of London, early maps of the ocean floor, a poster showing Mao studying a map on his Long March and a Russian moon globe from 1961. Other maps discussed here include: the United Nations flag, the first stamps of Independent Latvia (1918) printed on the backs of maps, and a motorway sign. As well as sheet maps and atlases, the book gathers models, stamps, medals, manuscripts, printed books, embroidery and photographs. It also examines changes in mapping technology, from the land surveys of 1900 to the development of satellite imagery by 2000.

Author Biography

Tom Harper is lead curator of antiquarian maps at the British Library and the coauthor of A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps.