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Trading Territories

Mapping the Early Modern World

Jerry Brotton



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Reaktion Books
01 February 2019
Trading Territories tells the compelling story of maps and geographical knowledge in the early modern world from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth century. Examining how European geographers mapped the territories of the Old World - Africa and Southeast Asia - this book shows how the historical preoccupation with Columbus's `discovery' of the New World of America in 1492 obscured the ongoing importance of mapping territories that have since been defined as `eastern', especially those in the Muslim world.

In this book, now available in paperback and updated with a new preface by the author, Jerry Brotton shows that trade and diplomacy defined the development of maps and globes in this period, far more than the disinterested pursuit of scientific accuracy and objectivity, and challenges our preconceptions about not just maps, but also the history and geography of what we call East and West.
By:   Jerry Brotton
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781780239293
ISBN 10:   1780239297
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   01 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London and a leading expert in the history of cartography. He presented the BBC4 series Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession in 2010, and is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books, including Global Interests: Renaissance Art between East and West (Reaktion, 2000), co-written with Lisa Jardine, and the bestselling and prize-winning A History of the World in Twelve Maps (2012).

Reviews for Trading Territories: Mapping the Early Modern World

`A beautifully illustrated account of the status, construction and purposes of maps in the Early Modern world.' - History Today; `Jerry Brotton's elegant Trading Territories shows how historically maps were about facilitating trade and celebrating (and exerting) influence.' - The Independent

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