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    Trading Territories: Mapping the Early Modern World (Picturing History) (Hardback) By (author) Jerry Brotton

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    DescriptionOffering an account of the status of maps and geographical knowledge in the Early Modern world, this work focuses on how early European geographers mapped the territories of the Old World (Africa and South-East Asia). It contends that the historical preoccupation with Columbus's "discovery" of the New World in 1492 has tended to obscure the importance of the mapping of territories which have been defined as "eastern". The author places the rise of Early Modern mapping within the context of the seaborne commercial adventures of the early maritime empires - the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Ottoman, the Dutch and the English. He explores the ways in which maps and globes were used to mediate in the commercial and diplomatic disputes between these empires, which came to value the map for what it told their power-brokers about their place in the world, over and above its objective depiction of the world. Brotton argues that it was trade, diplomacy and financial speculation which defined the development of early maps and globes, rather than disinterested intellectual pursuit of scientific accuracy and objectivity.

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    Trading Territories
    Mapping the Early Modern World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jerry Brotton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 664 g
    ISBN 13: 9781861890115
    ISBN 10: 1861890117

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBLH
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: RGR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16630
    BIC subject category V2: HBTP
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    BIC subject category V2: RGV
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 911
    Abridged Dewey: 900
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000, EDU020000
    DC22: 526.09
    Illustrations note
    8 colour and 44 b&w illustrations
    Reaktion Books
    Imprint name
    Reaktion Books
    Publication date
    03 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Jerry Brotton is lecturer in Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and is the co-author of Global Interests: Renaissance Art between East and West (2000).
    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 University of London