Mapping the World : The Story of Cartography

Author(s): Beau Riffenburgh

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From the crude maps of ancient Babylon to the satellite-fueled precision of Google Maps, cartography has been both a record of dreams and of discoveries. Maps have played midwife to empires, helped win wars, and encouraged humanity to venture beyond boundaries of space and time. Containing numerous maps from the archives of the Royal Geographical Society, Mapping the World tells the story of the philosophers, explorers, artists, and scientists who brought together their skills to produce some of the most intriguing artifacts ever created.


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Beau Riffenburgh is an author and historian specializing in polar exploration. He has served as editor of Polar Record, as the head of the Polar History Group at the Scott Polar Research Institute and as a lecturer in the history faculty of the University of Cambridge. He has written several books on exploration including The Myth of the Explorer and Shackleton's Forgotten Expedition: The Voyage of the Nimrod For Andre Deutsch he wrote the Royal Geographical Society Exploration Experience (2007) and The Titanic Experience (2008).

Introduction; Mapping in the Ancient and Medieval World; Cartography in the Age of Discovery; The World Expands-Filling the Gaps (1600-1800); Maps in the Age of Empires and Nationalism (1800-1914); Mapping the Modern World (1914-2011).

General Fields

  • : 9780233004396
  • : Andre Deutsch Ltd
  • : September 2014
  • : 289mm X 251mm
  • : October 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Beau Riffenburgh
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 526.09
  • : 160