'A Trip To The Continent' Maps Tourism Industry Of 1900 England

January 1, 2015 4:13 PM

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'A Trip To The Continent' Maps Tourism Industry Of 1900 England

Maps are typically perceived as practical, neutral objects -- the road map in the glove compartment of your car is a faithful representation of the terrain through which you’re traveling, not a political or artistic statement. Well, of course it’s not that simple; for one thing, the earth is not as flat as the pages of a map, so maps must be distorted to some degree. Choices must be made about which towns and cities will be put on the map, where to draw certain borders. To some extent, nearly every map contains an agenda, whether political, sociological, or commercial.

A recent book by Tim Bryars and Tom Harper, A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps, charts the political and social upheavals of the last century by means of maps, digging below the functional surface to reveal how maps of the time reflected popular ideas, prejudices, and waves of progress. The 2...

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