In the fifth post in the Picturing Politics series Dr Lucy Sargisson looks at the map that forms the frontispiece for Thomas More’s Utopia and what the map reveals about More’s work. It is a wildly radical book, Dr Sargisson argues, that is as relevant today as it was when it was published, nearly 500 years ago.
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Picturing Politics is a series of audio and video clips featuring academics commenting on the political significance of a diverse range of images. The series is intended to offer an invaluable insight into the many ways in which politics has been imagined – quite literally – throughout history, and also the ways in which images have been used to shape and influence our understanding of politics.