Science: Ptolemy's 'Geography,' c. AD 150 -- Exchange: Al-Idrīsī, AD 1154 -- Faith: Hereford 'Mappamundi,' c. 1300 -- Empire: Kangnido World Map, 1402 -- Discovery: Martin Waldseemüller, World Map, 1507 -- Globalism: Diogo Ribeiro, World Map, 1529 -- Toleration: Gerard Mercator, World Map, 1569 -- Money: Joan Blaeu, 'Atlas maior,' 1662 -- Nation: The Cassini Family, Map of France, 1793 -- Geopolitics: Halford Mackinder, 'The Geographical Pivot of History', 1904 -- Equality: The Peters Projection, 1973 -- Information: Google Earth, 2012 -- The eye of history?
This is a look at twelve maps, from Ancient Greece to Google Earth, and how they changed our world. In this study, the author, a historian and cartography expert explores a dozen of history's most influential maps, from stone tablet to vibrant computer screen. Starting with Ptolemy, "father of modern geography," and ending with satellite cartography, the book brings maps from classical Greece, Renaissance Europe, and the Islamic and Buddhist worlds to life and reveals their influence on how we, literally, look at our present world. As the author shows, the long road to our present geographical reality was rife with controversy, manipulation, and special interests trumping science. Through the centuries maps have been wielded to promote any number of imperial, religious, and economic agendas, and have represented the idiosyncratic and uneasy fusion of science and subjectivity. He also conjures the worlds that produced these notable works of cartography and tells the stories of those who created, used, and misused them for their own ends. -- Provided by publisher.