Presentation by Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
It is a shock to realize that, apart from surveys for railroads, Asia Minor (modern Turkey) in the early 20th century was still being mapped with techniques little more advanced than Roman ones. Moreover, the main interest of many of the travelers who did this work was antiquities. Professor Richard Talbert has rediscovered these long-forgotten maps. He evaluates them and traces their surprising impact on the Ottomans and the Great Powers of the World War I era. His lecture weaves an extraordinary tale of ancient and modern cartography.
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