LFCThat was a great comment.
Thanks Hank!Sometimes we do agree -- not that often, but sometimes. :)
I have always been fascinated at the timing of the invention of "line" maps. I know it occurred in at least two placed independently -- in renaissance Europe and Warring States China.I don't think it is a coincidence that both were in the midst of a very similar socio-political transformation.
@ T. GreerThe relation of cartography to state formation has been getting a good deal of scholarly attention in recent years. I have not read the Hui book you link to, though was aware of it. Jordan Branch's recent The Cartographic State looks at the maps/state formation connection w/r/t Europe. I haven't read it.
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