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Section of old illustrated map, crowned figure holding sword, Maps that Made History, in blue font, on white cover above.

Maps that Made History

1000 Years of World History in 100 Old Maps

By (author) Martijn Storms


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  • 100 exceptional maps that put their mark on world history
  • The most beautiful maps from the renowned collection of the University of Leiden in a luxurious XL format
  • From the worldview of Isidorus of Seville (7th century) to a Chinese propaganda map from 2013
Full Description

Maps that Made History is like a 1000-year-long journey around the world; every one of the carefully selected maps featured here has influenced the course of history in some way. This beautifully illustrated book gathers 100 marvellous old maps, each with a fascinating story to tell, from a 12th century Persian world atlas to a Soviet spy map. These maps were used to resolve conflicts, situate battles, construct a road or a canal, establish important shipping routes, even as propaganda tools. All the maps are reproduced in an oversized format, while accompanying text from an experienced team of historians explains the importance of each one.

About the Author

Martijn Storms is Curator of Maps and Atlases of the University Libraries Leiden. He is assisted by a team of curators and historians connected to Leiden University: Michiel van Groesen, Kasper van Ommen, Anne-Isabelle Richard, Alicia Schrikker and Garrelt Verhoeven. Some 20 texts will be provided by Dutch, Belgian and international guest authors.

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Lannoo Publishers
3rd Nov 2022
World excluding Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland & Scandinavia
340 mm x 280 mm
432 Pages
370 color, 30 b&w
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