Monarchs, Ministers, and Maps

The Emergence of Cartography as a Tool of Government in Early Modern Europe

Edited by David Buisseret

Monarchs, Ministers, and Maps
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Edited by David Buisseret

197 pages | 8 color plates, 74 halftones | 8-1/2 x 9-1/4 | © 1992
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780226079875 Published December 1992
In the sixteenth century, European rulers attempting to
consolidate their power realized that better knowledge of
their lands would strengthen their control over them. By
1550, the cartographer's art had already become an important
instrument for bringing territories under the control of
centralized government; increasing governmental reliance on
maps stimulated the refinement of cartographic techniques
throughout the following century.

This volume, a detailed survey of the political uses of
cartography between 1400 and 1700 in Italy, France, England,
Poland, Austria, and Spain, answers these questions: When
did monarchs and ministers begin to perceive that maps could
be useful in government? For what purposes were maps
commissioned? How accurate and useful were they? How did
cartographic knowledge strengthen the hand of government?
The chapters offer new insights into the development of
cartography and its role in European history.

Contributors to the volume are John Marino, Peter
Barber, David Buisseret, Geoffrey Parker, James Vann, and
Michael J. Mikòs.
Editor's Note
David Buisseret
1. Administrative Mapping in the Italian States
John Marino
2. England I: Pageantry, Defense, and Government: Maps at Court to 1550
Peter Barber
3. England II: Monarchs, Ministers, and Maps, 1550-1625
Peter Barber
4. Monarchs, Ministers, and Maps in France before the Accession of Louis XIV
David Buisseret
5. Maps and Ministers: The Spanish Habsburgs
Geoffrey Parker
6. Mapping under the Austrian Habsburgs
James Vann
7. Monarchs and Magnates: Maps of Poland in the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Michael J. Mikos
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