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Reading the maps: a guide to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

by  H.B. ClarkeJacinta Prunty
€ 25.00

Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

May 2011

Paperback / softback

Number of pages: 264

ISBN: 9781904890706

Reading the Maps is a textbook companion to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, the successful series which documents and assesses the evolution of Irish towns. To date, over 27 published atlases, three bound volumes and ten ancillary publications supply comparative, thematic and specialised studies of Irish urban history. Various town types, from monastic to Viking to modern, illustrate the origins of urban culture portraying similarities and differences across the island of Ireland. This book picks from the best of the atlases. It is richly designed with maps and views taken from the IHTA series along with exercises and summaries that allow for accessible reading and interaction. Reading the Maps is a vibrant production geared towards teachers and users of the atlas from primary school through to post-graduate students.

Authors: Jacinta Prunty, H.B. Clarke

Series editors: Anngret Simms, H.B. Clarke, Raymond Gillespie, Jacinta Prunty; Consultant editor: J.H. Andrews; Cartographic editor: Sarah Gearty; Editorial assistants: Angela Murphy, Jennifer Moore

About the authors

H.B. Clarke

Howard B. Clarke is an editorial board member of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, a research project of the Royal Irish Academy. He is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Socio-Economic History at University College Dublin. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and of the International Commission for the History of Towns. Amongst his publications are Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 11, Dublin, part I, to 1610 (2002), Reading the maps: a guide to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (2011) with Jacinta Prunty and Maps and texts: exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (2013), with joint editor Sarah Gearty, Lords and towns in Medieval Europe (2015), with joint editor Anngret Simms.

Jacinta Prunty

Jacinta Prunty is an editorial board member of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, a research project of the Royal Irish Academy. She is Head of the History Department at Maynooth University. Her research interests span urban, social and cartographic history with a particular focus on the mapping of towns and on the town itself in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland. She is joint author with Howard B. Clarke of Reading the maps: a guide to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (2011) and Galway c. 1200 to c. 1900: from medieval borough to modern city (2015) with Paul Walsh.