Theatre of the World

The Maps That Made History

What is a map? How have people seen the world throughout history? What do maps say about us?

Theatre of the World: The Maps That Made History is a unique book with the full and incredible history of maps. Thomas Reinertsen Berg takes us all the way from the mysterious symbols of the Stone Age to Google Earth in a fascinating tale about science and the view of the world, about art and technology, about power and ambitions, about practical needs and distant dreams of the unknown.
Along the way, we encounter visionary geographers and heroic explorers along with the unknown heroes of the history of maps. Fantastic visual material allows us to immerse ourselves in the history of maps with our own eyes.

…A tour de force with the history of maps. He starts with the very first pictures of the world… and takes on the images of the world, systematically, well written, fun and educational. The book is exceptionally well illustrated… An exquisite and distinctive nonfiction book.

From The Brage Prize Jury statement 2017

I won’t be the least surprised if the book wins The Brage Prize for Nonfiction. It will be rightly deserved, because the book is thorough, original, well-written and simply beautiful.


This detailed book is a pleasure to read. It makes complicated things easy to understand.