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Maps: Finding Our Place in the World

by James R Akerman and Robert W Karrow Jr University of Chicago Press
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Hbk 336 pages
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Maps are universal forms of communication, easily understood and appreciated regardless of culture or language. This book introduces the widest range of maps ever considered in one volume: maps from different time periods and a variety of cultures; maps made for divergent purposes and depicting a range of environments; and maps that embody the famous, the important, the beautiful, the groundbreaking, and the amusing. Built around the functions of maps - the kinds of things maps do and have done - this book confirms the vital role of maps throughout history in commerce, art, literature, and national identity.
''Maps shows us that the content of a given map is as much determined by culture, historical circumstances, and the interests of mapmakers and map users as it is by the geography that it attempts to depict. From the earliest maps on clay tablets to today's in-car navigation systems, maps tell us not just where we are but who we are. They are artifacts of - and witnesses to - history. And they continue to inspire us to wonder about our place in the world, and mark it for others to see.'' - John W. McCarter Jr., from the Foreword''
James R. Akerman is director of the Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and editor of Cartographies of Travel and Navigation, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Robert W. Karrow Jr. is curator of special collections and maps in the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at the Newberry Library.