The Atlas of Boston History


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University of Chicago Press
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11.3 X 14.3 X 0.9 inches | 4.25 pounds

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About the Author

Nancy S. Seasholes is a historian and historical archaeologist who works as an independent scholar. Her books include Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston and Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land.


"Boston history buffs as well as lovers of cartography will find much pleasure in The Atlas of Boston History. . . a series of striking maps that cover ground from the ice age to the present day. . . . The book is a rich new way of looking at the city."-- "Boston Globe"
"The success of Walter Muir Whitehill's Boston: A Topographical History many years ago demonstrated how oddly well Boston's history can be told in maps and pictures, and that approach has never been so compellingly done as in this lovely volume."-- "Open Letters Review"
"The informative images throughout the book deliver quick and punchy snapshots of particular points in Boston's history. . . . It's quite striking. . . This is not an atlas of historic maps, but instead a telling of Boston's physical, social, economic, and cultural history as it formed using specially crafted maps and carefully tailored graphics."-- "The Portolan"
"The Atlas of Boston History excavates four centuries of the city's rise, fall, and rise again. With thoughtful essays that introduce new maps and historic sources, the authors guide the reader through the city's evolution from multiple angles. The result is a chronological picture of the environmental, social, cultural, and intellectual history of one of North America's most enduring urban centers. General readers will appreciate its clear explanation of the city's spatial history, while scholars will profit from a vital reference work that also serves as a source of new discovery."-- "Susan Schulten, author of A History of America in 100 Maps"
"The Atlas of Boston History is a visual feast and a triumph of storytelling through words and images. Mapping the forces that have shaped and reshaped the city, from the Ice Age to the Big Dig to Global Warming, this panoramic narrative also encompasses the human saga of a diverse population and its ongoing struggles to forge a just society."-- "Barnet Schecter, author of George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps"
"...what sets this book apart is its beauty. As the name Atlas indicates, it is richly illustrated with maps, charts, diagrams, infographics, historical photos, paintings, and more. It's a book that I will use as a reference far into the future, and one that any of my fellow Boston history nerds will love."-- "HUB History"