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    DescriptionIn this generously illustrated book, Jerry Brotton documents the dramatic changes in the nature of geographical representation which took place during the sixteenth century, explaining how much they convey about the transformation of European culture at the end of the early modern era. He examines the age's fascination with maps, charts, and globes as both texts and artifacts that provided their owners with a promise of gain, be it intellectual, political, or financial. From the Middle Ages through most of the sixteenth century, Brotton argues, mapmakers deliberately exploited the partial, often conflicting accounts of geographically distant territories to create imaginary worlds. As long as the lands remained inaccessible, these maps and globes were politically compelling. They bolstered the authority of the imperial patrons who employed the geographers and integrated their creations into ever more grandiose rhetorics of expansion. As the century progressed, however, geographers increasingly owed allegiance to the administrators of vast joint-stock companies that sought to exploit faraway lands and required the systematic mapping of commercially strategic territories. By the beginning of the seventeenth century, maps had begun to serve instead as scientific guides, defining objectively valid images of the world.


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    Title
    Trading Territories
    Subtitle
    Mapping the Early Modern World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jerry Brotton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801434990
    ISBN 10: 0801434998
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBLH
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    BIC subject category V2: RGV
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/16CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, SCI030000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MODERN
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: POL011000
    B&T Approval Code: A19300000
    BISAC V2.8: TEC048000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 526/.09, 526.09
    DC21: 912.09
    LC classification: GA201 .B75 1998
    Thema V1.0: NHB, PDR, JBCC, RGV
    Illustrations note
    80
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    01 February 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "In this outstanding study of maps and mapping, Jerry Brotton reveals a dynamism in the transaction between East and West beyond anything we have previously appreciated." Lisa Jardine, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London"