The Map Makers

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History Documentary hosted by Stephen Rashbrook and published by Others in 2004 - English narration

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A map is more than a geographical representation of a land. It is an image which mirrors a society's political, religious and cultural vision of itself. The Map Makers tells the story of maps through history and explores major developments in map making.

  • Directed by Stuart Clarke & Ali McGrath
  • Narrated by Stephen Rashbrook
  • Music by Dimitri Tchamouroff
  • 2 hours, 30 minutes, English audio, 2004

[edit] Discovery: The the Waldseemüller Map (1507)

The first episode in the series is a story of a map which changed the way man viewed the world. It is the tale of a ten million dollar map which has become known as the 'birth certificate of America.' Within the lines marked on its surface can be traced the first discoveries of the 'new world', by sixteenth century explorers such as Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. But why were the new lands called America, and who were the men who first named the new continent on the famous Waldseemüller map? The intriguing history behind the map is revealed.

[edit] Religion: The Mercator Atlas (1572)

The second episode uncovers the shadowy world of espionage in 16th Century Europe, a time when map making and spying went hand in hand. It features Gerard Mercator, the most famous map maker to have lived, who became caught up in a dangerous plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I using an invasion map ordered by England's enemies, the French. It is a story of intrigue, treason and religious turmoil, with map makers at the heart of the struggle for power in Europe. Information was power in European royal courts, and fragile maps were the key.

[edit] Power: The D-Day Invasion Maps

The last episode focuses on a time in history when thousands of men and women risked their lives to create a set of top secret invasion maps during World War II. Allied service men and woman worked alongside French Resistance members in covert operations to create a 'living map' of the Normandy coast. The resulting invasion maps were the most extensive ever to have been created, combining aerial photography and intelligence information. The invasion maps were critical to the success of the D-Day landings, and ultimately the defeat of Hitler's regime.

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  • Video Codec: x264
  • Video Bitrate: ~1815 Kbps
  • Video Resolution: 640x480
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.33 / 4:3
  • Video Framerate: 23.976
  • Avg QP: I = ~21, P = ~23, B = ~23
  • Audio: English (UK)
  • Audio Codec: Nero AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps @ 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Runtime per Part: 50 minutes, 2.5 hours total
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 700 Mb/part, 3 CD total
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