Finding Maps

The most common way of finding maps is by doing a search. This can be made in three different ways:

  • Search one of the indexes under the Maps menu. There are separate indexes for place names, topics, dates and map titles.
  • Search one of the sequential listings of map captions appearing in the right-hand column for each chapter.
  • Scroll through the chapters.

In all cases, the map found and selected will be then displayed on screen. Return to the listing/index (if used) by clicking on the back arrow.

Search place-name and topic indexes

These two indexes are organized and searched on by key word (place name or topic), and grouped into sections by their initial letter/number.

  • Jump to the appropriate section of the desired index by choosing the initial letter/number in the key list at the top.
  • Click on a place name or topic to create a list of related maps with thumbnails and captions.
  • If one of the maps is what you are searching for, click on its thumbnail or caption.

Search date index

The date index is organized by period (e.g. 1000-1500, 1940-1950, etc.), within which is a chronological list of map captions ready for selection.

  • Scroll through the index to locate the period desired and its associated list of map captions.
  • If one of the maps is what you are searching for, click on its caption.

Search map-title index

This index is organized and searched on by map title (caption), with thumbnail images of each map also displayed in the index, and grouped into sections by their initial letter/number.

  • Jump to the appropriate section by choosing the initial letter/number in the key list at the top then scroll through that section of the index.
  • If one of the maps is what you are searching for, click on its thumbnail or caption.

Search sequential listings

Each chapter of the atlas (and its introduction) includes a list of the maps found in the text. This sequential listing is located in the right-hand column at the start of that chapter.

  • Scroll through a listing.
  • If one of the maps is what you are searching for, click on its caption.

Scroll through chapters

Otherwise, you can view and select the actual maps as they appear in the chapters.

  • Scroll through or read the actual historical chapters.
  • If one of the maps is what you are searching for, click on its in-line image.

Other ways of finding maps

There is a fourth way of searching for maps – via a Google custom search – but this is only possible on the companion website (not on the DVD). Moreover, the results displayed are for a search of all material in the website (maps and text), not just its maps.

Relationships between maps can also point you to other maps. For maps displayed in normal view, links to any related maps are displayed to the right. Moreover, the additional information that is provided with every map lists the place names, topics and dates under which it has been indexed. Clicking on these key words is a quick way of finding other maps indexed with the same key word.