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Mapping the World

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Alexandra Guerson

on 17 September 2015

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Transcript of Mapping the World

Understanding the World
When I say ‘The World’, what do you think of?

A) a globe
B) various and diverse peoples
C) land mass and oceans
D) a man-made, social idea

What do you normally expect to find on a map?

Silk road

A) International integration that has developed from increasing human connections (Wikipedia)

B) Widening, deepening and speeding up of global interconnection. (David Held et al)

C) World Shrinkage—distances getting shorter, things moving closer. (Thomas Larsson)

D) "...a complex phenomenom whereby individuals, nations, and regions of the world become increasingly integrated and interdependent, while national and traditional identities are diminished."(Kevin Reilly)

Definitions of globalization

Muhammad al-Idrisi,
12th century CE

Ptolemy, 2nd century CE

Aztec, 15th century C.E.

Da Ming Hun Yi Tu (Ming Dynasty)
Amalgamated Map of the Great Ming Empire ,14th century CE

Mercator: 1595
Christopher Columbus
geographical features
longitude and latitude
names of places
Robinson Projection
Challenges faced by cartographers/geographers:

- scale, perception

- Where should the mapmaker put himself or herself?

Mercator projection
World map according to population

c. 2006
year 1 CE
What is a map?
English -> map ->
->tablecloth, napkin
French -> carte -> carta -> formal document
Ancient Greek -> pinax -> tablet made of wood, metal, or stone
Arabic -> şūrah = figure / naqshah = painting
Chinese -> tú -> drawing, diagram
“Maps are graphic representations that facilitate a spatial understanding of things, concepts, conditions, processes, or events in the human world.”

J. B. Harley and David Woodward’s
History of Cartography
Peters projection
Entertainment for those wanting to discover the world
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