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Mapping the World
Transcript of Mapping 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?
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
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
longitude and latitude
names of places
Challenges faced by cartographers/geographers:
- scale, perception
- Where should the mapmaker put himself or herself?
World map according to population
year 1 CE
What is a map?
English -> map ->
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
Entertainment for those wanting to discover the world