British Museum: A History of the World in 25 Cities
by Andrew Donkin, Tracey Turner & Libby VanderPloeg
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Pub Date 2 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 10 Sep 2021
A stunningly illustrated book of extraordinary city maps, telling the story of human civilisation throughout history.
A gorgeous, large-format gift hardback with a stunning neon cover, A History of the World in 25 Cities features 25 beautifully illustrated city maps from all over the world, from ancient history to the present day.
Co-authored by award-winning children’s authors Tracey Turner and Andrew Donkin in consultation with specialist curators at The British Museum, readers can visit cities from every continent on Earth, from the walled city of Jericho built over 10,000 years ago, to the modern-day metropolis of Tokyo, the most-densely populated city in the world today.
Featuring vibrant, beautifully detailed artwork from Libby VanderPloeg, each carefully researched map takes readers on a city tour at a unique moment in time – from exploring Athens in ancient Greece during the birth of democracy, to walking the beautiful lamplit streets of medieval Benin, deep in the West African rainforest. Readers can even visit China’s long-lost capital city of Xianyang – a city for which no original map exists, which was painstakingly recreated with support from the British Museum‘s team fantastic team of experts.
Each map is followed by two gorgeously illustrated pages of fascinating information about what life was (or is like) like for the inhabitants of each city at the time, including a bite-sized look at each city in numbers. Packed with countless facts for curious readers to return to again and again, this is a perfect gift for children who want to explore history from around the world.
Cities featured include Jericho, Memphis, Athens, Xianyang, Rome, Constantinople, Baghdad, Jórvík, Benin City, Tenochtitlán, Granada, Beijing, Venice, Delhi, Cuzco, Amsterdam, Sydney, Paris, London, Bangkok, Saint Petersburg, New York City, Berlin, San Francisco and Tokyo, plus an exploration of Cities of Today and Cities of Tomorrow.
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Average rating from 2 members
The pictures within this book are outstanding. Each city has a map with the names of main buildings, and details of that building. The next page gives history of the city and details of the city in numbers which is quite fun. As a Mediterranean lover the details about Venice, Granada, Athens and Rome are just the icing on the cake. I know have too many places I want to visit though!