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Seduced by the Map Introduction (Part 2)

By Martin W. Lewis | August 31, 2022 |
Seduced by the Map Introduction (Part 2)

Capturing Geographical Complexity: Beyond the Standard Map
While the illusion of the universal nation-state has several sources, one is particularly powerful. Since World War II, people around the world have been exposed to one or another variant of a standard world political map. Whatever their differences, all these maps operate in the same fundamental way: by portraying the globe like a …

Our Maps of the 18th Century—and Theirs

By Martin W. Lewis | April 8, 2011 |
Europe of 1700, from Euratlas

Sovereign states provide the building-blocks of contemporary world mapping. A simple image search of “world map” reveals the state-centered focus of our geographical imagination: a few of the maps returned provide land-mass outlines, and a few others depict continental divisions, but most show the world as neatly partitioned into independent countries. At a more local

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