Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Writer Wednesday: To the Ends of The Earth 100 Maps that Changed the World
It's time for "Writer Wednesday" when I discuss another author and his or her book.
Where are you going? It's a great question and one that is often answered by maps. Even in the age of technological advancement with gps, maps are still leading the way.
To the Ends of the Earth: 100 Maps that Changed the World is a fascinating book that explores how nations have been forged and histories altered through the lines of maps.
Rivalries between the UK and France, the understanding of earth in relation to the heavens, and the depiction of structures and landmarks all are subjects addressed in this very interesting book.
It travels through history to show how maps have been used to shape nations' images, for propaganda, and how they influence our views of the world. Decisions are made about what will be represented each time a new map is made and the current times and values are reflected. To the Ends of the Earth: 100 Maps that Changed the World explores exactly that- the spirit of exploration itself and the depiction of that exploration.
My best to you all,