New book focuses on the development of maps

09/5/2012 | Economist, The

A new book by Jerry Brotton, a professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary, University of London, traces the history of maps. The book, "A History of the World in Twelve Maps," notes that maps are influenced by the cultures that they come from. "The idea of the world may be common to all societies; but different societies have very distinct ideas of the world and how it should be represented," Brotton writes.

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