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Mapping the Past: Historical Atlases

Black, Jeremy

Orbis, 2003, Vol.47(2), pp.277-293 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Mapping the Past: Historical Atlases
  • Autor: Black, Jeremy
  • Assuntos: History & Archaeology ; International Relations
  • É parte de: Orbis, 2003, Vol.47(2), pp.277-293
  • Descrição: Several aspects of the production of historical atlases are examined, emphasizing the effects of the costs of production on atlas making & the process of determining which information can be represented cartographically. The content of & methods used in various atlases produced during the early 19th century, eg, Le Sage's Genealogical, Chronological, Historical, and Geographic Atlas (1801) are investigated; this analysis also revealed that some atlases created by German & English cartographers conveyed a sense of national awareness. A subsequent analysis of more contemporary atlases revealed the following trends & characteristics: the use of chronological & theme-oriented criteria for including historical maps; the design of maps that show cultural, geographic, or military movement; the significant influence that production costs & product profitability had on the content of atlases; & the tendency for atlases to include bibliographic & biographic information relevant to included maps. Although such factors do not negate the import of making historical maps, it is concluded that sundry external factors affect their ultimate production. J. W. Parker
  • Idioma: Inglês

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