How Maps Shaped the World

How Maps Shaped the World

Thu 25 Sep, 4pm


Tim Bryars, Tom Harper and Jerry Brotton. With slides.

Who can resist an ancient map? Its very inaccuracy is its greatest appeal. Map-makers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age. Three mapping fanatics talk to us about how maps shaped us and vice versa.

Tim Bryars and Tom Harper are the co-authors of A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps. These 100 maps tell many stories, revealing changing social attitudes towards the unfamiliar and unconventional, from Jewish London at the turn of the century to women in the workplace, and from the Edwardian opium trade to gay London in the 1980s.

Jerry Brotton is the author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps, which covers maps from ancient Babylon to a photograph taken in 1972 by an astronaut on Apollo 17.

This fascinating discussion will be accompanied by slides.