Black, Jeremy. Maps and Politics. Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 1997.
Maps and politics have been interconnected since the dawn of mapmaking
and imperial conquest. This book makes a strong case for the political
power of maps. Black buttresses his commentary with an abundance of illustrations.
Buisseret, David. ed., From Sea Charts to Satellite
Images: Interpreting North American History Through Maps. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1990.
This is a collection of works by historians, geographers, and map librarians
who discuss how to use maps in teaching and research. The topics covered
range from the European Antecedents of New World mapping to Aerial Imagery.
Harley, J.B. The New Nature of Maps: Essays in Historical
Cartography, ed. Paul Laxton. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press,
This is a posthumously issued collection of the writings of one of the
leading scholars of philosophy of cartographic history and the meaning
of maps in the last quarter of the twentieth century. See especially chapter
5, "Deconstructing the Map."
Monmonier, Mark. How to Lie with Maps. 2d ed.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
This is an easy-to-read guide for what to look for and what to watch out
for when you read a map. When you finish this book you will be a far savvier
Ristow, Walter W. American Maps and Mapmakers: Commercial
Cartography in the Nineteenth Century. Detroit: Wayne State University
Ristow, who retired in 1978 as the Chief of the Map Division of the Library
of Congress, brings together in this work commentary on the great variety
of maps that appeared in the nineteenth century. This is a good starting
point for anyone interested in maps of that period.
Thrower, Norman J. Maps and Civilization: Cartography
in Culture and Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Initially published as Maps and Man in 1972, Thrower's book is
a must for students of the history of cartography. Here, in very readable
and concise prose, is the story of the development of mapmaking that treats
both the scientific and artistic nature of cartography. It contains an
Tyner, Judith. "Persuasive Cartography," Journal
of Geography 81 (1982): 140-44.
A dated, but concise, guide for keys to how maps can be used to stretch
Wood, Denis. The Power of Maps. New York:
Gilford Press, 1992.
The titles of three chapters in this book explain it well. They are: "Maps
Are Embedded in a History They Help Construct," "Every Map shows
this...But Not That," and "The Interest the Map Serves is Masked."