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Maps and Civilization: Cartography in Culture and Society, Third Edition Paperback – October 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0226799742 ISBN-10: 0226799743 Edition: Third Edition
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"A marvelous compendium of map lore. Anyone truly interested in the development of cartography will want to have his or her own copy to annotate, underline, and index for handy referencing." - L. M. Sebert, Geomatica "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"

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Third Edition edition (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226799743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226799742
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 3, 2010
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This book is extremely well written and is based on sound sources, and not least structured and academic character.
The book is for readers who already have knowledge of cartography, but also suitable for beginners, although the book is intensive for the reader without prior knowledge of cartography.
All readers can use the book as a chronological review of the use of maps, and also use the book as a reference when knowledge must be clarified or refreshed.
The book moves only briefly into the making of maps, but is primary focused on the use of maps. The chronological review of the historical development offers an excellent comprehensive description, which is complemented by a wide range of more peripheral historical contexts.
The notes are extensive and lead to the book can subsequently be used as an excellent reference book while the new reader can seem overwhelming with the many comprehensive notes, wich than can be "saved" for later reading.
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It can be hard to get an overview on how maps are actually interlinked to cultures and civilizations. This book gives a great overview in the history of the cultures, civilizations and their maps. From strwas and shells signifying waves and tidal patterns, to more litteral visual mapping styles that we are used to. It gives a gat insight into a phenomenon that is so closely linked to charting our cultural and political endeavors.

Color would be a nice addition, if only to enjoy the richness of maps!

A good and intesting read.
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By Willie P. on October 14, 2014
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Required for a college course, but very interesting
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