Maps are Cool

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Apparently maps are cool, so proclaims an article in the UK Telegraph called “Maps – the new rock’n’roll“.  The article details two new series on BBC and an exhibition at the British Library, all focused on maps.  Peter Barber curates the Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art exhibit which starts April 30th and includes the Klencke Atlas from 1660, considered the world’s largest atlas.  Jerry Brotton, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, hosts the BBC’s Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession which looks at maps as symbolism and propaganda.  The other BBC map series, “The Beauty of Maps” has a great companion site which lets you explore both historical maps and digital maps such as a Map of Blogging.

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