Maps and Civilization: Cartography in Culture and Society, by Norman J. W. Thrower

By Norman J. W. Thrower

In this concise creation to the heritage of cartography, Norman J. W. Thrower charts the intimate hyperlinks among maps and historical past from antiquity to the current day. A wealth of illustrations, together with the oldest recognized map and modern examples made utilizing Geographical details structures (GIS), light up the various ways that a number of human cultures have interpreted spatial relationships.

The 3rd version of Maps and Civilization comprises a variety of revisions, positive aspects new fabric through the ebook, and features a new alphabetized bibliography.

 

Praise for prior variations of Maps and Civilization:

“A fabulous compendium of map lore. somebody really attracted to the improvement of cartography probably want to have his or her personal reproduction to annotate, underline, and index for convenient referencing.”—L. M. Sebert, Geomatica

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The earlier part of the medieval period-the so-called Dark Ages, from ca. D. 450 to 1000-is not now considered to be so dark as was formerly thought to be the case, but little Western cartography survives from this half-millennium. One extant map, however, is the Madaba mosaic, ca. D. 590, which takes its name from the Jordanian town where it was found in 1889. 1 Sometimes described as the first Christian map, it served as part of the floor of a church before being restored. Though it is incomplete, remaining fragments suggest that it focused on western Asia but included, at its extremities, the Nile Delta and the Black Sea.

D. 742-814). These maps, and also a world map belonging to Charlemagne, were engraved on silver tablets, but we know of them only through references in literature. There is no proof that, in general, medieval people believed in a flat earth. In fact, we know specifically that a number of influential savants of this period accepted a globular world. Nevertheless, there were those who argued against this concept, as well as the related idea of inhabitants in the Antipodes. 3 In the Middle Ages, the world' was represented on maps by various shapes: irregular, ovoid, rectangular, cloakshaped, and circular.

D. As it has come down to us, the map appears to be mainly fourth-century work with some additions made as late as the sixteenth century, when it was first published. 1 shows a small portion of the Peutinger map, where sections 6 and 7 adjoin, focusing on Sicily and the "boot" of Italy. 1. Simplified rendering of a small section of the Peutinger map, focusing on the boot of Italy and Sicily, redrawn by Noel Diaz. Because of the greatly reduced scale of the map, lettering (which forms an important feature of the original) is omitted.

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