Maps & Civilization: Cartography in Culture and Society

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University of Chicago Press, 1999 - Technology & Engineering - 326 pages
In this concise introduction to the history of cartography, Norman J. W. Thrower charts the intimate links between maps and history from antiquity to the present day. A wealth of illustrations, including the oldest known map and contemporary examples made using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), illuminate the many ways in which various human cultures have interpreted spatial relationships.

The second ediion of Maps and Civilization incorporates numerous revisions and has new material added throughout the book.

"The premier one-volume history of cartography. . . . Maps and Civilization should be a close companion for anyone interested in maps: where they came from, where they are now, and where to go for more detail."—John P. Snyder, Mercator's World

Norman J. W. Thrower is professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. His other books include Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Longer View of Newton and Halley and Sir Francis Drake and the Famous Voyage, 1577-1580.
 

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Contents

Introduction Maps of Preliterate Peoples
1
Maps of Classical Antiquity
13
Early Maps of East and South Asia
27
Cartography in Europe and Islam in the Middle Ages
39
The Rediscovery of Ptolemy and Cartography in Renaissance Europe
58
Cartography in the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
91
Diversification and Development in the Nineteenth Century
125
Modern Cartography Official and QuasiOfficial Maps
162
Modern Cartography Private and Institutional Maps
198
Selected Map Projections
237
Short List of Isograms
247
Glossary
249
Notes
259
Illustration Sources
297
Index
301
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Norman J. W. Thrower is professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. His other books include Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Longer View of Newton and Halley, Sir Francis Drake and the Famous Voyage, 1577–1580, and Original Survey and Land Subdivision.

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