A History of the World in 500 Maps


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Foreword: Stories of space by Patrick Boucheron
Introduction: Making an Atlas by Christian Grataloup
Part 1: A Single Human Race, 3000 BCE
Part 2: Worlds Unto Themselves
Part 3: Resources of the Ancient World from the Neolithic to the 15th century
Part 4: Peoples of the Ancient World up to the 7th century CE
Part 5: The societies along the axis of the Ancient World
Part 6: The world in the 15th century
Part 7: A world interconnected by Europe 16th–18th century
Part 8: Europe 16th–18th century
Part 9: A world dominated by Europe: Late 18th century to 1914
Part 10: Non-European powers in the late 18th–19th century
Part 11: Europe 1789–1914
Part 12: A world dominated by the West 1914–89
Part 13: The world since 1989: 1989–2019

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Trace the history of the world in over 500 easy-to-follow maps, from the dawn of humanity to the present day

About the Author

Christian Grataloup is a specialist in geohistorical research and Professor Emeritus at Paris Diderot University. He has written or contributed to numerous books and atlases about world history. Patrick Boucheron is a historian and professor at the College de France. He has been a member of the scientific committee of the popular French history magazine L'Histoire since 1999 and has written numerous books on global history and the history of the Middle Ages in particular. Legendes Cartography has produced the maps for the magazine L'Histoire as well as many atlases and textbooks for over two decades.


'Finally: a historical atlas for 21st-century readers!' - Le Monde

'An accessible, informative volume … that invites one to explore [the] world with curiosity and agency' - Geographical

'Remarkable' - Wanderlust

'A very worthy addition to this history of cartographic literature and iconography … exceptionally useful and stimulating' - ARGO

'Informative, meticulously researched, and endlessly fascinating' - The Mirror

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