Cartography
(4,867 words)

1. Definition and etymology

A distinction is made, in considering geographical depictions of the earth’s surface, between maps and map-like representations (see below, 2.3.). Maps are designed to translate the globe to a two-dimensional representation, using a graticule of circles…

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Lindgren, Uta, “Cartography”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021981>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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