Ships On Maps: Pictures of Power in Renaissance Europe

Hardcover | September 15, 2010

byRichard W. Unger, Richard W Unger

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Ships on maps in the sixteenth century were signs of European conquest of the seas. Cartographers commemorated the new found dominion over the oceans by putting the most technically advanced ships of the day all over oceans, estuaries, rivers, and lakes on all kinds of maps. Ships virtually never appeared on maps before 1375. The dramatic change from medieval practice had roots in practical problems but also in exploration and new geographical knowledge. Map makers produced beautiful works of art and decorated them with the accomplishments which set Europeans apart from their classical past and from all the other peoples of the world. Ships on Maps investigates how, long admired but little understood, the many ships big and small that came to decorate maps in the age when sailors began to sail around the world were an integral part of the information summarizing a new age.

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Ships on maps in the sixteenth century were signs of European conquest of the seas. Cartographers commemorated the new found dominion over the oceans by putting the most technically advanced ships of the day all over oceans, estuaries, rivers, and lakes on all kinds of maps. Ships virtually never appeared on maps before 1375. The drama...

RICHARD W. UNGER trained as an economic historian and has published widely on ships and shipping before 1800, brewing from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century and on energy use and its impact in pre-modern Europe. He has taught history at the University of British Columbia for more than four decades.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.65 × 6.36 × 0.76 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230231640

ISBN - 13:9780230231641

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Glossary of Shipbuilding Terms
Introduction Maps and Mapping
Making Maps without Ships, with Ships
Mapping before the Renaissance
Portolans and the Late Medieval Transition
The Classical Revival, Printing and Maps
New Routes and Portuguese Map Makers
Iberian Influence in Southern Europe
Northern Europe and Southern Practices
Ships, Geography, and Humanism
Epilogue
Bibliography
Notes
Index