A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps - Tom Harper, Tim Bryars

To use cartography to chart the many social, political, and technological changes of the twentieth century is a brilliant idea—and antiquarian map experts Tim Bryars and Tom Harper meet this challenge beautifully. Their engrossing survey of a turbulent era, A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps (Chicago, $45), balances the art of mapmaking with an astute narrative sensibility and is both visually impressive and intellectually stimulating. Here’s the visual record of the London underground, troop deployment at the Somme, the Beatles’ touring map of Liverpool, immigration and land settlement in Palestine, and even a chronicle of the fall of Yugoslavia, with informative commentary. Bryars and Harper have also gathered maps scribbled on napkins, newspaper cartoon maps, street maps, tapestry maps, digital maps, and even literary maps (you won’t get lost in The Hundred Acre Wood or Middle Earth). While the scope is global, this survey tends to be Eurocentric (or perhaps Anglocentric; both authors are British); that said, this is a wonderful feast for history buffs as well as cartography aficionados.
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ISBN: 9780226202471
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: University of Chicago Press - October 22nd, 2014