This lecture develops themes advanced in Jeremy Black's book ‘Maps and Politics’
An illustrated talk that reflects the relationships between mapping and power politics, and the extent to which the European 'discovery' of the Americas created issues for mapping. Issues that were exacerbated as the major powers came into conflict with a focus on North America.
Cartography emerges as a utilitarian tool but also as an expression of political drives at the international level, as well as a reflection of the strong public interest in the outside world.
Professor Jeremy Black is the holder of the Established Chair in History at the University of Exeter and is one of Britain’s most prolific and distinguished historians. Among his many publications are Visions of the World: A History of Maps, Maps and Politics, Maps and History, and Maps That Changed the World. He was awarded an MBE for services to stamp design.
Presented by the Eccles Centre for American Studies in collaboration with the American Museum in Britain