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Free Online Talk ‘Secret Soviet Maps of Devon, Britain and the World’

Date: 26 November 2020 - 26 November 2020

During the Cold War the Soviet Union carried out a cartographic project of unprecedented scale and ambition – the detailed mapping of the entire world. Not only strategically vital ports and industrial centers but cities, small towns and rural areas alike, however unimportant, were plotted and recorded. This 45-minute Zoom session will include an illustrated talk by the authors of 'The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World' followed by questions.

Time: 2pm

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About the presenters:
John Davies is a life-long map collector and enthusiast. He encountered Soviet mapping whilst working in Latvia in early 2000s. Since retiring he has been writing and lecturing about these maps and is editor of Sheetlines, the Journal of The Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps. He runs the website
Alex Kent has been fascinated by Soviet Maps since he first encountered them in Kazakhstan in 2001. He has undertaken award-winning research into the design and aesthetics of topographic mapping and is the immediate past President of the British Cartographic Society. Alex shares his passion for cartography with students at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, where he is Reader in Cartography and Geographical Information Science. He is also well known for presenting his research on Soviet maps at conferences around the world.

English Transcript of the Russian Film

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