History Soc: Prof Susan Schulten - A History of the United States in 100 Maps

Thu, 15/11/2018 - 19:00
Upper Hall 1
Over five hundred years, America has been defined through maps. Whether handmaidens of diplomacy, tools of statecraft, instruments of social reform, or advertisements, these sources record efforts to make sense of the world.

They invest information with meaning by translating it into visual form, and in the process reflect decisions about how the world ought to be seen. Above all, maps remind us that the past is not just a chronological story, but also a spatial one. For all of these reasons, maps offer unique windows onto the past. Join Susan Schulten from the University of Denver as she discusses some of the maps and stories featured in her new book, A History of America in 100 Maps. Gathered largely from the British Library’s incomparable collection, these artifacts range from battle plans designed by established figures to unpublished and unknown manuscripts drawn by ordinary Americans, each of which has the capacity to both illuminate and complicate our understanding of the past.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase a copy of Professor Schulten's new book The History of the United States in 100 Maps as a Heffer's book stand will be selling copies both before and after the talk. 

Drinks and nibbles provided afterwards.

For more information please contact: 
Emma Gossage
Contact email: 
eg501@cam.ac.uk