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u/immortalsix · 1 pointr/MapPorn

I studied it in college. My school had a whole Geography Department.

I didn't go to school for it originally, I found my way there via agriculture and forestry (both use a lot of geographic information systems (GIS)), but since then have done a lot with it.

If you want to learn the basics of geography, I can recommend this book, I view it as the authority on cartography.

Cartography is a science all its own, it's the marriage of design and geography. The mission is to convey information to the reader. It really is a mix of art and science. If you are interested in cartography, you GOTTA read this book.

Any real cartography nerd is also a design nerd, and if they're anything like me, could teach a college course on, say, how typefaces affect a reader's mood. Most great cartographers are also students of graphic design, because, that's a big part of the job. Designers want things to either A) accomplish something specific or B) just plain look beautiful. These are the same charges of the cartographer. I'd love to go on and on about good carto vs. bad; but it would take a decade.

If you want to get into GIS, the software most people use to make maps, and the software I use now as a goespatial analytics pro to do a whole lot more than making maps, I'd recommend using this amazing free online textbook and starting out with a program called Quantum GIS, commonly referred to as QGIS. QGIS runs on PC, Mac, and Linux, it's open source and free, plus that course / textbook is customized for it, and it's highly extensible and flexible.

The industry standard is a program called ArcGIS, which can be had for as little as $100 / year for home use.

If you have any follow up questions, I'm super glad to hear them and answer. Geography is a passion of mine.

One bit of advice: I recommend learning the fundamentals of geography with a beginner's mind - don't approach it like you already learned all you need to know about it in kindergarten. It's a science just like anything else, with a lot of the iceberg below the surface of the water. It also coincidentally shares a name with what most people call memorizing state capitals. Approach it like it's called neural hyperbiomechanics or something; meaning, something you don't think you learned when you were 6.

u/InterPunct · 5 pointsr/MapPorn

Great map, one of the best I've seen.

You may enjoy this book: American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

I'll advocate for one small change to the map, New York City and the Hudson Valley should be its own thing. Call it New Amsterdam or New Netherlands. This would range from Brooklyn (excluding Long Island) and up the east side of the Hudson River to Albany.

u/Ofdetail · 3 pointsr/MapPorn

This map is from the front cover of a beautiful book called Transit Maps of the World by Mark Ovenden. It includes pictures of the maps used by rail transportation authorities from every city in the world and shows their evolution over time. This map on the front cover is actually representative of a lot of the book's content, which shows how map makers have had to make huge sacrifices to geographic accuracy in order to make modern transportation maps simple and easy to read.

As you can clearly see from the front cover, OP removed any trace of writing or credit.... or I guess credit to the wrong person.

u/EthanC224 · 3 pointsr/MapPorn

If anyone is interested about the history of the Oregon Trail, as well as how much of it has been preserved today, I highly recommend checking out The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck. It is a fascinating read and I learned a lot more about the trail than I had known before.

u/CupBeEmpty · 2 pointsr/MapPorn

Control of Nature by John McPhee has a great chapter on that project specifically as well as all of the levees and other river control schemes that take place on the Mississippi. It is a fascinating read.

u/soundslikepuget · 7 pointsr/MapPorn

There's a great book by Kansas author William Least Heat Moon called "River Horse" where he takes his boat Nikawa from the Atlantic Ocean at NYC to the Pacific at Portland Oregon via America's lakes and rivers. All told he has the boat on a trailer for something like 28 miles. They use a canoe and a jet boat at parts, but 90% of the journey is aboard Nikawa ('River Horse') through America's rivers. Great read. Sorry for not formatting the link I'm late for my bus

u/QuirrelMan · -79 pointsr/MapPorn

You are asking me to condense Early Modern History to a comment on Reddit? Uhh, no. But you can read a book if you are interested!

Try After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000

Great read, with a new Global perspective on the rise and fall of Empires.

If you want to continue, you should then dive into the arbitrary/flexible notion of the Empire and read The Comanche Empire

Good stuff.

u/tinyj316 · 1 pointr/MapPorn

I highly encourage anyone who sees this to read "The Nine Nations of North America" by Joel Garreau. Its a bit dated now (35 years old), but its a fascinating look at the differences that have shaped our regional cultures.

A more modern take on this would be "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America" by Colin Woodard. I haven't actually read this one yet, but it seems to be the progression of the work that Garreau laid out.

u/nodeworx · 19 pointsr/MapPorn

If you like xkcd, you might also want to check out his book "What If?"

Not very long, but a very fun read. It's a longform format of the other half of his site:

u/dirtyword · 8 pointsr/MapPorn

A really nice, much prettier, redrawing of this, by the same illustrator, from the inside of the dust jacket of his new book (it's really good):

The book:

u/asilvermtzion · 10 pointsr/MapPorn

I used to have this map on my bedroom wall when I was a kid, probably back in the late 70s but might've been the early 80s... The nostalgia is strong.

OP, where did you find the image? I'd like to get another print copy of this for my kids if I can.

e: Found the same map, in folding form, on Amazon. Not quite the same color palette, though it may be that OPs image is just time worn.

u/GeeJimmy · 3 pointsr/MapPorn

American Nations, by Colin Woodard. It's a good book, with a fascinating take on why, e.g., people in New England and the Pacific Northwest are liberal and why people in Appalachia hate the government. He basically boils it all down to the reasons why the white people who settled those places left their respective European homelands, and how those attitudes persist to this day.

u/NorthernWV · 38 pointsr/MapPorn

If you love maps and GoT, you need this

These pics don't do them justice and I think its worth the buy, heres a couple that are included (the OP is too)
Kings Landing

u/remembertosmilebot · 12 pointsr/MapPorn

Did you know Amazon will donate a portion of every purchase if you shop by going to instead? Over $50,000,000 has been raised for charity - all you need to do is change the URL!

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u/deceneace · 6 pointsr/MapPorn

How to lie with maps, great book actually after reading this book, I'm more aware of how to visualize data more objectively

u/Sherman88 · 6 pointsr/MapPorn

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey is a great book about traveling the Oregon Trail via covered wagon in the modern era.

u/Cforq · 6 pointsr/MapPorn

Dude, there are entire books on this subject

William Tecumseh Sherman has several quotes about encouraging the slaughter of buffalo that are extremely easy to look up.

Saying that Natives are responsable for the mass slaughter of bison is completely ludicrous.

u/Chazut · 2 pointsr/MapPorn

I presented a book myself, but apparently that doesn't count?


Are you kidding me? That's the book I sent and it doesn't say anything about that.

>William Tecumseh Sherman has several quotes about encouraging the slaughter of buffalo that are extremely easy to look up.

Again this man entered the scene when the hunting by European settlers was already quite underway.

>Saying that Natives are responsable for the mass slaughter of bison is completely ludicrous.

Not wholly, just in part, you know the meaning of nuance, right? The book you sent said the same, that the Natives implementation of horses and new guns allowed them to hunt more, partially supplementing the problem of overhunting.

u/ummmbacon · 3 pointsr/MapPorn

There is another book about the incident that is not as focused on the oceanography side as the story side of it. Moby-Duck that was a great read about it.

u/shadowboxer47 · 4 pointsr/MapPorn

>Actually compared to WW2 they never really go into detail as to what the end goals were for WW1

No, you just have to know where to look.

What you see happening between 1919 - 1923 is the result of the victor's goals. For an excellent overview of the Entente's goals and implementation, I would suggest Paris 1919. We saw the occupation of the Ruhr, the separation of Prussia, the establishment of Poland and the infamous "corridor", the complete disintegration of the Austrian Empire and the disarming of Germany to a force of 100,000 men, the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the making of the modern Middle East and the loss of Germany's few colonies.

The Central Power's goals were no less sweeping. While this map is definitely a propaganda piece, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk gives you a good idea about Germany's Imperial ambitions. If the Central Powers would have won and obtained sweeping power over the negotiations, a chance I believe the completely missed in 1917 and lost for good thereafter, for Germany ALONE you would have seen:

  1. Annexation of Belgium, or complete dominance to the German Empire as a client state, with no control over foreign affairs or military matters
  2. Upholding the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, establishing German client kingdoms in the Baltic, Finland and White Russia
  3. Annexation of numerous colonial territories, including all of Belgian Africa, large portions of French and British territories into "mittelafrika".
  4. Occupation, if not annexation, of the industrial rich portions of Northern France already then occupied by the Germans

    Keep in mind this doesn't even begin to compete with Turkey's desire for the restoration of their territories in Northern Africa, the annexation of large parts of the Caucuses and the Mediterranean or Austria's plans for the Balkans and Northern Italy.

    War aims were such a large factor, that they were the primary factor for continuing the war in Germany even when all hopes were lost. Even as late as late as September 1918, Ludendorff kept the war going because he hoped to annex Belgium and keep a good portion of France they occupied!
u/HolySmocks · 1 pointr/MapPorn

Colin Woodard did this, then wrote a book on the whole thing. It's called American Nations and it's a very good read.

u/Its_all_good_in_DC · 1 pointr/MapPorn

My favorite book on the subject is The Inheritance of Rome by Chris Wickham. The book is very detailed and it was thoroughly eye-opening to read.

u/saveitforparts · 2 pointsr/MapPorn

Someone gave me an interesting book that documents a guy attempting to boat across the US in a small cabin cruiser. He was able to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific on rivers, canals, etc with only a brief portage across the Rocky Mountains (And maybe some portages around dams IIRC).

u/lampenstuhl · 12 pointsr/MapPorn

That's not true. Rural Bohemia was more advanced than rural France in the beginning of the 20th century. Read it in this book, I'll just suppose they got their sources straight.

u/TacticusPrime · 1 pointr/MapPorn

Eh, no, not many. If you want a good overview of the end of the Roman system and the transition to various "feudal" ones I would suggest this book.

u/alfonsoelsabio · 2 pointsr/MapPorn

"Unsubdued Indians"...damn straight, that's Comanche territory (check out Comanche Empire to learn how very unsubdued they were). Silly Euro-Americans.

u/calinet6 · 4 pointsr/MapPorn

When I found out that Back Bay was so named because it actually used to be a bay, my mind was blown.

I spent about 6 hours one day researching it after that. And I discovered this book called "Gaining Ground: the history of landmaking in Boston," which looks fascinating, but I haven't had the chance (read: money) to buy it.

u/AffordableGrousing · 1 pointr/MapPorn

I read a book recently about a guy who recreated the journey. It’s pretty crazy. Link

u/NFSreloaded · 6 pointsr/MapPorn

u/Fornadan has you covered, here. Among others, I would add China's Warlords, The Power of the Gun, and Warlord Soldiers to that list.

u/eccentricgoose · 1 pointr/MapPorn

This is actually from a book by Mark Ovenden. Transit maps of the world. It is very good.

u/yacht_boy · 10 pointsr/MapPorn

Everyone who lives in Boston should spend an hour with this book at least once:

u/Schadenfreudian_slip · 1 pointr/MapPorn

Don't know of any films, but this is a fantastic book: Gaining Ground

u/locoluis · 2 pointsr/MapPorn

That book is from 2012. Chovanec's post is from 2009.

u/RatLungworm · 11 pointsr/MapPorn

I would prefer the relevant New Yorker article by John McPhee. You can still buy the book.

u/Chrisby280 · 21 pointsr/MapPorn

Check the bottom left corner. It's by George. Also, this map was the main piece in a set of official maps that he released in late October 2012.

u/cariusQ · 2 pointsr/MapPorn

>the conquistador and the padres saw this region[American Southwest] whole, without imaginary line between creating divisions between the state state of Sonora and the state of Arizona. The desert was the same, the cactuses were the same. And the descendants of the conquistadors are still here. Hispanics in New Mexico still refer to themselves as Spanish, rather than Mexican-Americans, partially out of snobbery, but also out of a sense of historical accuracy. in Santa Fe, because of intermarriage, the lineage is throughly European. Mexican Americans, by contrast, claim a far more indigenous North American ancestry.

Page 216 The Nine Nations of North America

u/bebop8159 · 3 pointsr/MapPorn

So I recently came across this awesome book:

It's basically about how Carthage got a bad rep in Ancient times amd by scholars today. Good read!

u/TonyQuark · -3 pointsr/MapPorn

All GoT maps are available on Amazon (among other shops, no doubt).

u/dluminous · 9 pointsr/MapPorn

I read this neat book on the subject. The sheer ignorance of the leaders during the peace negotiations (for I cannot stress the negotiations part enough) and the way they made decisions were astoundingly horrible. A snippet I recall is that there was a recorded incident where after ~2.5 hours of discussing what to do with country X, one of the leaders (Wilson maybe? I dont recall who) finally figured out that the country is not located in the balkans but is located in the Mid-East (I forget which country in particular) - basically the finer details elude me but the point stood that they had no fucking idea what they were doing (Lyod George, Clemenceau, Wilson).

u/Funktapus · 5 pointsr/MapPorn

My misconception was that were common standards of decency. As in "universal". That isn't the case, and I acknowledge that now.

What Trump does is completely indecent according to myself and most people I've ever interacted with. I also find most of the behavior of Trump's supporters at his rallies, etc, to be indecent. Revolting, even.

Obviously, the communities who voted for Trump find him to be decent, and think its decent to behave as they did during and after the election.

So we clearly disagree on what constitutes decency. There is no common standard of decency. There is no consensus on "American" values. We are (at least) two peoples, and we can either acknowledge that and start coming up with a federal system that respects that, or we can devolve into chaos. I don't think we need to split into two countries, but we need to start separating the culture wars from federal governance, and that likely means decentralizing certain legislative functions.

Great book on the subject, and there's a 2016 follow-up

u/Fauler_Lentz · 7 pointsr/MapPorn

There are very few examples for countries that managed to build a well working state from nothing within a very short period of time. Most of the nations that are wealthy and not corrupt today went through a development that took them decades, or even centuries: The UK, France, Benelux, German states and Scandinavians all started developing public education and efficient administration in the late 18th or early 19th century, which is one of the reasons they all pretty much exploded in strength during the 19th century, while Italy, Spain, Easter Europe and Turkey stagnated and stayed as corrupt as they've always been. Japan is a rare exception, they joined the club in the late 19th century and went from irrelevant to first rate power in just 30 years, as is Austria, which was the only part of the Austro-Hungarian empire that did fairly well after its demise.

It's not a coincidence that Germany, Austria and Japan fared so well after the second world war. They lost everything of material value, but they didn't lose the people that are most valuable to a modern nation: Diligent officials, teachers, professors and industrialists.

Meanwhile Italy was - and is - still corrupt and unstable as always. The destruction the war brought with it did not help them become something better, on the contrary: one of the major benefactors of the downfall of the fascist regime was organized crime.

If you're interested in reading about what helped the nations that are well of today become that way, and why nations that were historically poor have such a hard time achieving the same, I highly recommend the book "why nations fail"