Secret Cold War mapping

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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.

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/cartography/sovietmaps/index.shtml

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

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8232062.stm

and a piece relating to Soviet mapping of Manchester here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/aug/25/ussr-planned-invasion-manchester-exhibition

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

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