Secret Cold War mapping


Today is the start of the Society of Cartographers 45th Annual Summer School, which this year is being hosted by the University of Southampton. In a timely piece of publicity, the Cartographic Unit at Southampton has launched a service that allows you to purchase prints of Soviet Cold War mapping of various towns and cities. Among other things, these uniquely detailed maps highlight strategically important buildings. In other words, targets.

There’s a BBC News report about the maps here:

and a piece relating to Soviet mapping of Manchester here:

Our own Map Library has a couple of examples, but sadly no sheet depicting Portsmouth.


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