Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lecture by Mary Pedley, "Mapping Fear: Stoking the Fires of the French and Indian War," November 21, 2013

"Mapping Fear: Stoking the Fires of the French and Indian War"
Mary Sponberg Pedley, Adjunct Assistant Curator of Maps, Clements Library

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Room 100 

Because maps are often, though mistakenly, perceived to be objective and neutral, they make effective tools for creating the conditions for war. An example from the Clements Library collection, A New and Accurate Map of the English Empire in North America by a Society of Anti-Gallicans, published in London in 1755, demonstrates how jealousy, greed, and commercial rivalry can drive foreign affairs. This illustrated talk looks carefully at the map’s sources, publishers, and historical context of intense commercial and political rivalry between France and Great Britain both in Europe and in North America.

Please note: due to the renovation, the Clements Library 2013 Events and Lecture series will be held at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Room 100. Directions here:

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Clements Library at (734) 764-2347 or visit our website:

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