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Mapping Mormonism Hardcover – October 18, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: BYU Press (October 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842528253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842528252
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a people whose history and peregrinations mean so much, there has been relatively little of serious mapmaking in Mormon historiography. The only sustained effort thus far has been "The Historical Atlas of Mormonism" which--as the editors of the work under review note--is due for a thorough updating. Thus the publication of "Mapping Mormonism" is very welcome, especially at a time when Mormon history is receiving more attention in scholarly circles than ever before. Expert state-of-the-art cartography blended with the perspectives of dozens of seasoned historians make the current contribution a solid research tool aiding those new to Mormon studies as well as veterans of the field.

"The Historical Atlas of Mormonism" (published in 1994), was edited by Kent Brown, Donald Cannon and Richard Jackson. It featured 74 separate articles (each with at least one map)--the maps and charts were two-color and, for the time, were nicely done. Though some of the contributors are the same (all of the editors returned) and the general purpose remains, the current volume represents a substantially revised edition. The contributors are a blend of BYU/Church History Department personnel and independent historians and, refreshingly, include several noted non-Mormon scholars (Bill Russell, Steve Shields, Gary Topping, Barbara Bernauer).

The atlas is divided into four sections of roughly equal length (each is preceded by a brief summary and timeline showing the entries within the section): The Restoration, The Empire of Deseret (ending in 1910), The Expanding Church, and Regional History. Each entry is usually two or four (for major topics) pages--the historical summary is about half the content with the maps/charts and accompanying text occupying the remaining space.
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This is a monumental work, 272 pages of incredible maps, illustrations and graphics covering the History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the beginning to 2012. The research has obviously been exhaustive and the clarity of the presentation is gratifying. So many facts become interesting when presented in the form of time-lines, maps, charts and illustrations. This will be a treasure for Latter-day Saints who want to grasp the early history of the Church and well as interested friends of the Church who want to get a picture of a modern religious phenomenon. This book is a must have!
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Historical atlases offer a unique perspective on the past, one that gives primacy to a geospatial angle of vision on historical events and people. When well done, these works are worthy additions to the scholarly literature, not necessarily because of the textual analysis included in them but because of the maps and illustrations that they offer. Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History is a useful and sometimes insightful addition to the historical literature of Mormonism, albeit with some shortcomings. Regardless, Editor-in-chief Brandon S. Plewe and his team of historians, geographers, and other social scientists are to be commended for their efforts to create new historical perspectives through the use of maps and other illustrations. While some of the text is essentially the Mormon master narrative of its own history, some of it is illuminating. But more importantly, the fundamental contribution of this work is the visual experience of seeing the routes of travels, depictions of the human-built world, and the time sequence of growth and development.

Where were the founders and leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from, what were their missionary and migration patterns, and what was the physical landscape of the theological expressions (temples, plural marriages, and the like)? Moreover, how has the church grown, expanded, and evolved over time? These are good questions; an inkling of answers to them emerges in this atlas. The maps are uniformly well drawn, and the data generally presented in a manner that is readily understandable. Even so, I would have liked to have seen scales on every illustration—some are inexplicably missing—and sometimes the population data is hard to interpret because of the small size of some of the reproduced maps.
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This work is guaranteed to be a standard in any professional or amateur LDS historian's library. The presentation of information is very evenly balanced, and well thought out. It is amazing how much information can be imparted through just one map or graph- you really get a feel for the data quickly.

Don't hesitate- get this one now, it will soon become indispensable to your LDS historical studies.
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Very informative and helpful! Excellent maps and research went into this publication. I like the overviews showing land ownership and locations of homes in Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, and Iowa.
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I read the entire atlas and found fresh new topics that benchmark the LDS Church today. For example, I did not know Wards and Stakes (the fundamental units of the Church) before 1900 were based on distances to be traveled to meetings, not head counts. Some Wards then would qualify for Stakes now numbering in thousands of members. The result was sparse attendance and little sense of community. Downsizing Wards became the norm we all take for granted. Many other changes can be found in the pages of this book, the most important of which is that the atlas maps a worldwide church to the present time. It does so in three or four page chapters under four main themes written clearly and concisely without jargon or dogma. It will have an honored place on the bookshelf of the general public having limited time but a continuing interest in understanding Mormons in modern society, especially journalists. Professor Richard Lyman Johnson's scholarly imprimatur also burnishes the volume with public credibility
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