Lez Smart is a lecturer in education at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His interests include history and information technology; he has published widely on these subjects as they relate to education. Maps have always been a passion, informing his professional and leisure interests. He lives with his family in South London.
Maps That Made History
Few people can resist the appeal of old maps and plans. Even in these days of disposable mapping - from satellite navigation to customized road directions at the click of a mouse - the historical map continues to present a unique perspective on our changing world. Here we explore 25 glorious examples. The emphasis is on the story behind the map: what it reveals about its creator and users, from the first explorers to the railway builders. This thought-provoking collection features maps that chart societies as well as land, sea, and skies; maps that have influenced and inspired; and perhaps most revealing of all, maps that misrepresent.
"Few history lovers can resist old maps and Lez Smart's collection in Maps That Made History: The Influential, The Eccentric and The Sublime will be no exception. The book features full-color maps on nearly every page covering subjects such as a 13th-century map with Christ and angels looming over the world to the London tube map, first created in the 1930s. Each featured map has an explanation along with detailed blow-ups of the image." - History Magazine, September 2005
"Each map in this book's generously illustrated, jewel-toned pages calls forth intriguing stories from the well-stocked mind of British educator Lez Smart." - The Globe and Mail, Saturday, August 6, 2005