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This front matter section of the book The Journey of Maps and Images on the Silk Road contains the table of contents, acknowledgements, notes on contributors of the book, transliterations and conventions, illustrations and maps, foreword and preface. The book has two great merits: it takes us away from the traditional debate on objectivity and subjectivity in the sciences, and it introduces us to entirely different ways of depicting geographically referenced features. The authors of the book disclose how geographic and cartographic knowledge progressed along the Silk Road. The book is an important contribution to a better understanding of the rich interaction we see between the early Eastern and Western schools of cartography. The chapters in the book analyze far richer maps from earlier times, maps that prompt us to reconsider the boundaries defining maps themselves.

Keywords: maps; schools of cartography; Silk Road



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