Here are some resources that might be helpful as you begin work on the first assignment.
First, some books (if any of these look useful, let us know, and we can meet with you to let you borrow them):
1. Peter Whitfield. The Image of the World. London (2010).
2. Jeremy Black. Maps and History. New Haven (1997).
3. John Noble Wilford. The Mapmakers. New York (2001).
Next, ‘What Columbus Didn’t Know’, an article written by Peter Green and published in the London Review of Books 24, No. 4 (February 2002).
Wikipedia has a great entry on ‘Early World Maps’. Many, if not all, of the maps we’ve assigned are featured on this page.
Also, the University of Toronto Press publishes Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization , which may have an article or two about your map. You will need to login via a CalNet proxy connection, or access this from a library on campus.
We’ll continue to add more resources to the blog. Also, we’ll post a Google bookshelf soon, which will include many more potentially interesting and useful books.
Original assignment instructions:
History of/in Maps Assignment: due by email on September 11
By September 6, you will receive an email with a world map image, which will date from AD 150 to 2010. We will provide you with basic information about this map: title, author(s), map extent, date, and location of origin. You will research the story of this map’s creation, as well as the story of its use. Don’t feel like this needs to be comprehensive.
By midnight on September 11, email us what you have discovered in 3-4 paragraphs. Make a list of the material you drew on in your research; this bibliography can help others look into your map, in case they’re interested in learning more. We’ll have time for 10 to 15 people to present their research to the class, and would like this group of presenters to be self-selected. If you feel comfortable doing so, let us know when you send us your paragraphs. If we don’t have enough volunteers, we’ll choose maps randomly.
We know this is a short time frame, and we’re expecting a corresponding amount of work. Don’t feel like you need to write a paper about this map—just pick up on those details that interest you most.
(In our emails we erroneously wrote 9 pm. Feel free to adhere to either deadline, as long as we receive it by midnight at the latest)