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The Image of Europe
Visualizing Europe in Cartography and Iconography throughout the Ages


Part of Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography

  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521886345

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  • This book is a major study of visual representations of Europe, from the classical world to the present day, in maps, icons, the arts and graphic images of all kinds. Europe has been variously represented as the demi-goddess Europa, a bull, a horse, a son of Noah, a Magus, a queen, and the Empress of the World. This richly illustrated book charts how these visualizations of the continent have altered over time; how they interact with changing ideas of the extent and nature of Europe in relation to the other continents; and how these images have influenced and been influenced by the 'reality' of Europe. Spanning the ages from the Ancient Greeks to the European Union, this history of three millennia of Europe and its representations is an important contribution to ongoing debates about the nature of European identity.

    • Highly interdisciplinary work which draws on anthropology, cartography, art history and politics
    • Richly illustrated with over 190 images and maps, including 16 pages of colour illustrations
    • Covers three millennia of European history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The book has been beautifully produced. It is, in both design and realization, a magisterial study.' Robert Lethbridge, Journal of European Studies

    'The Image of Europe is that rarest of achievements, a conceptually ambitious, profoundly learned book, written with admirable clarity of expression and a pleasing lightness of touch.' Imago Mundi

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521886345
    • length: 560 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 198 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.67kg
    • contains: 147 b/w illus. 33 colour illus. 11 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The identity of Europe and the image of Europe: concepts, theory, methods
    2. A changing concept of Europe
    3. The ancient world, and the myth of Europa and the Bull
    4. The Middle Ages
    5. The Renaissance
    6. Civilization and empire in the age of enlightenment: the long eighteenth century
    7. The age of nationalism and new imperialism
    8. Changing visual representations of Europe in the twentieth century
    9. General conclusion.

  • Author

    Michael Wintle, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Michael Wintle studied at Cambridge and Ghent Universities, and now holds the chair of European History at the University of Amsterdam, where he directs the degree programmes in European Studies. His research interests are in European identity and especially the visual representation of Europe, European industrialization, and the modern history of the Low Countries. He has published widely on Dutch and European history; recent books include An Economic and Social History of the Netherlands (2000); The Idea of a United Europe (2000); Ideas of Europe since 1914 (2002); Image into Identity (2006); and Imagining Europe (2008).

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