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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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Maps of Preliterate Peoples
2. Maps of Classical Antiquity
3. Early Maps of East and South Asia
4. Cartography in Europe and Islam in the Middle Ages
5. The Rediscovery of Ptolemy and Cartography in Renaissance Europe
6. Cartography in the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
7. Diversification and Development in the Nineteenth Century
8. Modern Cartography: Official and Quasi-Official Maps
9. Modern Cartography: Private and Institutional Maps
Appendix A: Selected Map Projections
Appendix B: Short List of Isograms
Appendix C: Glossary