Theatre of the World
The Maps that Made History
Taking its title from the Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius’s celebrated atlas of 1570, Theatre of the World follows the development of map-making from prehistoric rock carvings through the Renaissance to the digital age. Illustrated in colour throughout, it demonstrates how maps reflect our growing knowledge of the planet and our technical ability to chart its features. It also addresses the questions of who made the maps, on whose behalf, and what world-view they express.
As we lose touch with nature, writes Robert Macfarlane, we forget the words that describe it. This book seeks to reclaim that language, using the work of nature writers such as Nan Shepherd, JA Baker and Barry Lopez, alongside resources such as the ‘peat glossary’ compiled by Lewis islanders. Between each chapter is a list of words relating to a particular landscape – uplands, coastlands, woodlands – from all parts of the British Isles.
Lifting the Veil
Two Centuries of Travellers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt
The first European explorers of the Nile were followed by an eclectic crowd of tourists, soldiers, archaeologists and fortune-seekers. This account tells their stories in the context of the political history of the country, following visitors including Nelson, Florence Nightingale, Flaubert, EM Forster and Noël Coward as they scramble up pyramids or party at Shepheard’s Hotel in the years between 1768 and 1956, when the last British soldier left Egypt.
England's Lost Colony
In the 1650s, a group of Cavaliers fled Cromwell’s England for the lush coast of Surinam. Here, they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Thomas Willoughby. This absorbing book explores the untold story of the colony’s rise and fall. The rich cast of characters includes Willoughby himself, the playwright Aphra Behn, the indigenous people and their rulers, and the planters and mercenaries who would turn this utopia into a hell of terror and slavery.
Geology and Trench Warfare on the Western Front 1914–18
The geology of the Western Front had an enormous impact on how military operations were carried out, determining the strength of trench walls, whether tunnels could be dug under no man’s land, if tanks could proceed without sinking into mud, even the size of craters after shell explosions. This survey examines how the terrain and topography of Flanders, Artois and Picardy, including soil and rock formations, influenced military strategy during the First World War.
Ordeal by Ice
Ships of the Antarctic
The hazardous seas that surround Antarctica require ships of the utmost resilience. This book focuses on the design and construction of the actual vessels, from the Chinese fleet that first sighted the southern continent in the 15th century, through Captain Cook’s Resolution, to today’s automated whalers. Technical information, plans, photographs and paintings reveal the features that enabled these ships, whether purpose-built or adapted, to negotiate poorly charted waters and withstand the pressure of ice.
Mapping the City
As home to one of the world's oldest universities, Oxford has been extensively mapped over four and a half centuries. This handsome, lavishly illustrated volume brings together 59 remarkable maps and views dating from 1568 to 2016. Few were created to help people find their way around its historic townscape: instead, they reveal a fascinating tableau of the city's history, from the Civil War to a planned Soviet assault on the heart of the British motor industry.
How to Read a Village
A leading expert in the history of landscape, Richard Muir covers all aspects of villages throughout the British Isles, explaining how to interpret the history of a village by exploring features such as the village green, the church, cottages and farmsteads. As well as each of these features there are chapters on fishing villages, deserted villages and Scottish clachans and fermtouns, all richly illustrated with photographs and interspersed with practical guidance on how to carry out your own research.
Crossing the Continent, 1527-1540
The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South
Robert Goodwin chronicles the adventures of the African slave Esteban Dorantes (1500-1539), the first pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American south and the first African-born man to die in North America about whom anything is known. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in Spanish archives has led to a radical new interpretation of American history - one in which an African slave emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer.