A HISTORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY IN 100 MAPS

TIM BRYARS and TOM HARPER
240pp 110 COLOUR MAPS 2014 LIST PRICE: £25.00 R301

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The twentieth century was a golden age of map-making, and maps permeated almost every aspect of daily life. It was a century overshadowed by war and marked by tremendous social and technological change to which millions of maps bear witness. Most were created for a specific and immediate purpose, and have never been reprinted or discussed, until now. From the first British concentration camps to the only Nazi labour camp on British soil, and from a trench map used at the Battle of the Somme to an escape map from the first Gulf War, this book explores the cartographic legacy of modern conflict. The 100 maps tell many stories, from Jewish London at the turn of the century to women in the workplace, and from the Edwardian opium trade to gay London in the 1980s. They cover the peak of imperial pageantry as well as rapid post-war decolonisation, and explore technological change from the expansion of the London Underground system to computer games.

Deeply revealing as well as hugely entertaining . . . If this book is a 'hail and farewell' to the printed map, it could not have been done with more verve or variety. THE TIMES