A book of historical maps makes reading history fun. Reading appropriate map as I read The Western Heritage by Kagan, Ozment, Turner. No need for a separate book on historical timelines. Each map has. Timeline for the focus and surrounding area. A well done map gives a "feel" for sense of place, geographic scope. A class in Political Geography was a liberal arts optional class in some colleges. Sadly, Political geography classes went the way of Field Pharmacology classes in pharmacy school.