Tracing the 20th Century Through Maps
The 20th century was a period of extremes, of contrasts and contradictions. It witnessed destructive wars, and yet periods of unprecedented peace. Increasing wealth was joined by higher levels of poverty. There was scientific and technological progress, but also inhumanity and repression. The map was one of the century’s principal objects. Thanks to developments in geography education, cheaper and quicker mapmaking processes, and increasing travel and migration, maps became common, trusted and powerful things in western society. Yet maps were not passive or neutral objects. They were agents of change, presenting only versions of reality, not the reality itself. They were capable of informing, but also misleading. They were tools of control and of protest, and even changed the world.
If you are teaching 20th century units at GCSE or A-Level, join us for a one day CPD course in partnership with the British Library based around their forthcoming exhibition Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line.
Hear from Tom Harper, British Library lead curator of the exhibition, and Ben Walsh, associate vice president of the Historical Association, whilst getting to grips with 20th century political, social and economic history through maps. Choose from a selection of engaging workshops to develop subject knowledge and support best practice teaching. Full programme TBC.