From 1700, New Departures

in Historical Atlases

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780226300719
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226300726 | DOI:
From 1700, New Departures

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Three quarters of the way through the eighteenth century, Johann Christoph Gatterer, professor of history at the University of Gottingen, prepared a map collection in forty-four sheets, of which twenty-four formed a historical atlas from approximately a.d. 100 to 1500. Gatterer's atlas for use in classrooms indicates how far maps for history had advanced toward respectability. The eighteenth century experienced a livelier pace of change: from its earliest decade, maps were published, often in groups of two or three, detailing moments of medieval history. Innovations were intermittent, suggesting that mapmakers worked with little competition or cooperation among themselves, at least in this part of their labors. By the middle of the eighteenth century, two models for a historical atlas had been devised: a topical plan in chronological order, exemplified by Hase's “Greatest Empires”; and a succession of time intervals projected on a uniform, usually universal background, exemplified by the Paris draft, Dupre, and others.

Keywords: historical atlas; Greatest Empires; medieval history; innovations; successions

Chapter.  20617 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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