Why a map is a window on to history

Written by MICHAEL on December 5th, 2011

Maps tell us so much more than how to get from A to B, or where C is in relation to D. They can be tools of power and snapshots of history, and reveal  the fears and prejudices of their age, says historian Jerry Brotton. A remarkable thing about maps is people’s resistance to the most basic fact of mapmaking – they can never be completely objective, accurate images of our world.

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Why a map is a window on to history