Maps in World History


The map is a fundamental artifact of human culture.  It documents how individuals understood the spaces in which they lived, the relationships between nature and society, and the shape of the surrounding world.  This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the history of maps and mapping (also known as the history of cartography) that ranges across the globe from oldest surviving images of pre-history to GIS systems of the present day.  It approaches map history from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including the history of science, the history of cartography, literary studies, anthropology, historical geography, and spatial cognition and wayfinding.  A core collection of about 150 maps, available online, will serve as the central resource for this course.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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M-F 8am to 4:30pm
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