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Historical Atlases: The First Three Hundred Years, 1570-1870

Walter Goffart


Today we can walk into any well-stocked bookstore or library and find an array of historical atlases. This book traces how these collections of “maps for history”—maps whose sole purpose was to illustrate some historical moment or scene—came into being. Beginning in the sixteenth century, and continuing down to the late nineteenth, it discusses milestones in the origins of historical atlases as well as individual maps illustrating historical events in alternating, paired chapters. The author focuses on maps of the medieval period because the development of maps for history hinged particularly ... More

Keywords: historical atlases, maps, historical events, medieval period, postclassical era

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226300719
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226300726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Goffart, author