In this concise introduction to the history of cartography, Norman J. W. Thrower charts the intimate links between maps and history from antiquity to the present day. A wealth of illustrations, including the oldest known map and contemporary examples made using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), illuminate the many ways in which various human cultures have interpreted spatial relationships. For the fourth edition of Maps and Civilization, Thrower has added an additional chapter that serves to bring the volume completely up to date.
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Norman J. W. Thrower is professor emeritus of geography at UCLA. 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, Original Survey and Land Subdivision, and The Three Voyages of Edmond Halley in the “HMS Paramore,”1698–1701.
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