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HIST 3362 Study and Writing of History: Early Maps and Distant Places (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course is built around maps of the early modern world. Paraguay, Madagascar, Turkey, China, Ireland, and New England: whether near or far, these are some of the many places captured cartographically on printed pages prior to 1800. Topics include conceptions of mapping, the history of cartography, and the related histories of empire and exploration. Students will write research papers on individual maps, groups of maps, or travel accounts. Our principal sources will be drawn from the Burns Library, but students are welcome to research at other libraries (like the Boston Public Library, which also has an excellent map collection).

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sylvia Sellers-Garcia

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II; History Major Status.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17