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The Reformation. A Religious Revolution by Tamara Hollingsworth

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All of this makes it much easier to design a map that not only looks good and is accurate, but also appears impressive when integrated with other elements such as timelines, photographs, text, artwork and so on. Digitization frees up editors. In the 1990s, in contrast, the cartographic process was so complex and unwieldy that the editor had scant control. He or she was presented with a symbol design, for example, or a way of presenting a particular piece of information, as a fait accompli. Now, instead of concentrating on the exigencies of the production processes for maps, and being ruled by them, editors are able to devote more attention to how best to communicate information, which increases the potential commercial value of an atlas, although it also poses a challenge to editors.

This appeared in new editions in 1984, 1989, 1993, 1999, 2004 and 2007, and the purpose of this article is to focus on the last three editions. Overy is the fourth of the editors, each of whom has been an innovative scholar of great and deserved international distinction. The first two editions were edited by Geoffrey Barraclough, the third by Norman Stone, the fourth by Geoffrey Parker, and the fifth, sixth and seventh by Overy. This essay aims to set Overy’s contribution in context. 1 The first edition was a major project in which about £500,000 was invested,2 an enormous sum for the time.

It is much more a conception of the collective community which emphasizes the importance of ensuring that everything, from all forms of cultural production, intellectual life, institutional development and so forth, is linked with a single and coherent conception of the collective. And in that sense I think it is very helpful in understanding both the Third Reich and Stalin’s Soviet Union. The comparison that is to be made between these is 16 R E T H I N K I N G H I S T O R Y, D I C TAT O R S H I P A N D WA R about how the systems operate.

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