Off the Map: The Curious Histories of Place-names

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Kodansha International, Nov 1, 1999 - History - 200 pages
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This amusing, fact-filled book recharts geography--from Ptolemy to the break-up of Yugoslavia--through the eyes of intrepid seafarers, arrogant imperialists, feuding neighbors, gullible map-makers, and bumbling tourists. 50 maps.

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Review: Off the Map: The Curious Histories of Place-Names

User Review  - Kg - Goodreads

This is a fun book and has lots of interesting info--but it's not particularly well organized. I enjoyed reading it but didn't like that the author doesn't site specific sources for individual facts (after complaining that other authors take too many liberties with the histories of place-names). Read full review

Review: Off the Map: The Curious Histories of Place-Names

User Review  - Bill Sleeman - Goodreads

Off the Map: the curious histories of place-names by Derek Nelson is a well-researched but not especially engaging overview of the political, social, and cultural effect of cartographic naming ... Read full review

Contents

WHEN LANGUAGES COLLIDE
117
MULTIPLE NAMES MEAN CONFUSION
137
PRIMAL NAMES
155
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About the author (1999)

Derek Nelson is associate professor of religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and director of the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program.

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