Author Results for Richard W. Unger

Book Review – ‘Seeing the World Anew: The radical vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 world maps’ by John W. Hessler and Chet Van Duzer

By Richard W. Unger

In 1507 and in 1516 the German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller produced two of the most important and impressive monuments of Renaissance cartography. The large woodblock maps, each of 12 sheets, when mounted together measured 50.4 by 91.7 inches. The first was a world map, a Universalis cosmographia, while the second was a Carta marina, a nautical chart, […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Warships, Cargo Ships and Adam Smith: Trade and Government in the Eighteenth Century

By Richard W. Unger

In The Wealth of Nations (1776), Adam Smith argued against current economic policies related to trade and the navy, giving them less credit for positive long-term growth in the British economy than they deserved.  This essay suggests that Smith’s negative focus on government debt and expenditure must be balanced by acknowledgement that government intervention contributed […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies