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Cartographic Humanism: The Making of Early Modern Europe

Katharina N. Piechocki


What is “Europe,” and when did it come to be? While in the Renaissance the term “Europe” circulated widely, the continent itself was only in the making in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Cartographic Humanism sheds new light on how humanists negotiated and defined Europe’s boundaries at a momentous shift in the continent’s formation: when a new imagining of Europe was driven by the rise of cartography. This tool of geography, philosophy, and philology was used not only to represent but, more importantly, also to shape and promote an image of Europe quite unparalleled in previous centuri ... More

Keywords: cartography, comparative literature, Europe, Renaissance humanism, continental thinking, epistemology, Conrad Celtis, Maciej Miechowita, Girolamo Fracastoro, Geoffroy Tory, Luís de Camões

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226641188
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226641218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharina N. Piechocki, author
Harvard University