Stories Aloud
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Publication date: 02 Sep 2021
ISBN: 9781788006712
Size: 290 x 250 mm
Length: 112 pages

British Museum: A History of the World in 25 Cities


A stunningly illustrated book of extraordinary city maps, telling the story of human civilisation throughout history.

A gorgeous, large-format gift hardback with a stunning neon cover, A History of the World in 25 Cities features 25 beautifully illustrated city maps from all over the world, from ancient history to the present day.

Co-authored by award-winning children’s authors Tracey Turner and Andrew Donkin in consultation with specialist curators at the British Museum, readers can visit cities from every inhabited continent on Earth, from the walled city of Jericho built over 10,000 years ago, to the modern-day metropolis of Tokyo, the most-densely populated city in the world today.

Featuring vibrant, beautifully detailed artwork from Libby VanderPloeg, each carefully researched map takes readers on a city tour at a unique moment in time – from exploring Athens in ancient Greece during the birth of democracy, to walking the beautiful lamplit streets of medieval Benin, deep in the West African rainforest. Readers can even visit China’s long-lost capital city of Xianyang – a city for which no original map exists, which was brought to life with support from the British Museum‘s fantastic team of experts.

Each map is followed by two gorgeously illustrated pages of fascinating information about what life was (or is) like for the inhabitants of each city, including a bite-sized look at each city in numbers. Packed with countless facts for curious readers to return to again and again, this is a perfect gift for children who want to explore history from around the world.

Cities featured include Jericho, Memphis, Athens, Xianyang, Rome, Constantinople, Baghdad, Jórvík, Benin City, Tenochtitlán, Granada, Beijing, Venice, Delhi, Cuzco, Amsterdam, Sydney, Paris, London, Bangkok, Saint Petersburg, New York City, Berlin, San Francisco and Tokyo, plus an exploration of Cities of Today and Cities of Tomorrow.

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“Travel the world with this collection of beautiful maps, telling the story of civilisation through the centuries. A treasure trove packed with fascinating facts and insights.”

-Sarah Kingsford, The Daily Express

“It dazzles with numbers and facts. You are never too old for this book.”

-Sally Morris, The Daily Mail

“It is an interesting book and will appeal not just to children, but people of all ages.”

-Armadillo Magazine

“A stunning publication”

-Sara Keating, Business Post

“Packed with facts, this is the perfect gift for budding explorers and history fans.”

-Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post 

“Visit wonder-filled cities around the world and throughout history with this beautiful book of illustrated maps.”

The Week Junior

“Packed with countless facts for curious readers to return to again and again, this is a perfect gift for children who want to explore history from around the world.”


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