Maps of War

Maps of War. Mapping Conflict through the Centuries, by Jeremy Black, published by Bloomsbury.

9781844863440 There is little documented mapping of conflict prior to the Renaissance period, but from the seventeenth century onwards, military commanders and strategists began to document the wars in which they were involved and later, to use mapping to actually plan the progress of a conflict.

Using maps produced at the time, this superb new volume covers the history of the mapping of war on land and shows the way in which maps provide a guide to the history of war.

Content includes

  • The beginnings of military mapping, including the impact of printing and the introduction of gunpowder
  • The seventeenth century and the significance of fortification maps
  • The First World War, with maps showing trench warfare and aerial reconnaissance
  • The Second World War: including planning maps and propaganda maps
  • Modern warfare, with special sections on the Vietnam War and the Gulf Wars

About the author
Jeremy Black, internationally known military historian and Professor of History at the University of Exeter, is the author of The Cold War: A Military History, Rethinking World War Two: The Conflict and its Legacy and Metropolis, among many others. He is also a keen writer on maps and their history. This book brings together his two main interests.

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