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Scotland: Mapping the Nation [Kindle Edition]

Chris Fleet , Margaret Wilkes , Charles W.J. Withers , Michael Anderson

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Book Description

Whilst documents and other written material are obvious resources that help shape our view of the past, maps too can say much about a nation's history. This is the first book to take maps seriously as a form of history, from the earliest representations of Scotland by Ptolemy in the second century AD to the most recent form of Scotland's mapping and geographical representation in GIS, satellite imagery and SATNAV. Compiled by three experts who have spent their lives working with maps, Scotland: Mapping the Nation offers a fascinating and thought-provoking perspective on Scottish history which is beautifully illustrated with complete facsimiles and details of hundreds of the most significant manuscript and printed maps from the National Library of Scotland and other institutions, including those by Timothy Pont, Joan Blaeu and William Roy, amongst many others.

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"[. . .]mixes lavish illustration with academic rigour and engaging anecdotes."  —Sunday Herald

"A model of how to combine scholarship with popular reach . . . a pleasure to read."  —Journal of Historical Geography

"A real treasure of a book."  —Alexander McCall Smith, Mail on Sunday

"Anyone who enjoys poring over old maps will be thrilled by this lavish publication."  —Scottish Field

"Much more than a visual treat . . . elegantly written, thoroughly referenced and exsquisitely presented."  —Times Educational Supplement, Scotland

About the Author

Christopher Fleet is a senior map curator in the National Library of Scotland and the recipient of the Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Margaret Wilkes is a member of the steering committee of the Scottish Maps Forum, a director of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, a convenor of its Collections & Information Committee, and the cochairman of its Edinburgh Center. Charles W. J. Withers is a professor of historical geography at the University of Edinburgh and a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Michael Anderson is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Edinburgh and serves on the board of trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 13368 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (August 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4GU4X6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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