The World Seen From Asia

A History of Cartography


This book is not yet published, but will be available from December 2024.

ISBN: 9780953783984 Category:

Pierre Singaravelou, Fabrice Argounes


Discover the sacred myths, conquests, adventures, trade and cultural exchanges that have defined ‘Asia’ with this unique illustrated history of Asian cartography

Asia’s rich map tradition features holy sites, pilgrimage routes, maritime and land expeditions, imperial conquests and cities and European settlements and colonization. The Asian ‘continent’ evolved from being the only known world, to being the centre of the world to being open to the world.

The maps presented here follow the journeys of Buddhist monks, traders and explorers – a 17th-century Chinese military map plots the Chinese explorer’s Zheng He’s ‘great voyages of discovery’ across the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea to Arabia and the African continent. They show the birth and expansion of imperial powers, the construction of river ways, canals and roads, and the building of new cities and capitals from Beijing in China, Seoul in Korea to Edo and Kyoto in Japan. They tell the story of modern Asian planispheres introduced by the Jesuit Matteo Ricci in the 17th century and chronicle the arrival of

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 26 x 28.5 cm
Publisher name Asia Ink Books
Publication date 31 December 2024
Number of pages 192
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 26 x 28.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Pierre Singaravélou is a professor of Asian contemporary history at the Sorbonne University, Director of Publications at the Sorbonne and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He has published numerous books on the history of Asian colonization and globalization in the 19th and 20th centuries. Fabrice Argounès teaches geography at the University of Rouen-Normandy (ESPE). He is the author of several books on geopolitics in Asia.