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The Resource The Red atlas : how the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world, John Davies, Alexander J. Kent, foreword by James Risen

The Red atlas : how the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world, John Davies, Alexander J. Kent, foreword by James Risen

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The Red atlas : how the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world
Title
The Red atlas
Title remainder
how the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world
Statement of responsibility
John Davies, Alexander J. Kent, foreword by James Risen
Title variation
  • How the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world
  • Sovershenno sekretno
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Nearly thirty years after the end of the Cold War, its legacy and the accompanying Russian-American tension continue to loom large. Russia's access to detailed information on the United States and its allies may not seem so shocking in this day of data clouds and leaks, but long before we had satellite imagery of any neighborhood at a finger's reach, the amount the Soviet government knew about your family's city, street, and even your home would astonish you. Revealing how this was possible, The Red Atlas is the never-before-told story of the most comprehensive mapping endeavor in history and the surprising maps that resulted. From 1950 to 1990, the Soviet army conducted a global topographic mapping program, creating large-scale maps for much of the world that included a diversity of detail that would have supported a full range of military planning. For big cities like New York, Washington, DC, and London to towns like Pontiac, Michigan,and Galveston, Texas, the Soviets gathered enough information to create street level maps. What they chose to include on these maps can seem obvious, like locations of factories and ports, or more surprising, such as building heights, road widths, and bridge capacities. Some of the detail suggests early satellite technology, while other specifics, like detailed depictions of depths and channels around rivers and harbors, could only have been gained by actual Soviet feet on the ground. The Red Atlas includes over 350 extracts from these incredible Cold War maps, exploring their provenance and cartographic techniques as well as what they can tell us about their makers and the Soviet initiatives that were going on all around us. A fantastic historical document of an era that sometimes seems less distant, The Red Atlas offers an uncanny view of the world through the eyes of Soviet strategists and spies"--Unedited summary from book jacket
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Cataloging source
INU
Characteristic
atlas
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1942-
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Davies, John
Dewey number
526.0947/0904
Index
index present
LC call number
G1046.B7
LC item number
D3 2017
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1977-
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  • Kent, Alexander
  • Risen, James
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  • Cartography
  • Soviet Union
  • HISTORY / Military
  • HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
  • HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Cartography
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Label
The Red atlas : how the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world, John Davies, Alexander J. Kent, foreword by James Risen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-210) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Why this book is a detective story -- War and peace: the background of the story--from Napoleon's march on Moscow to the collapse of the Soviet Union -- Capturing the world--on paper: describing the style, content, and symbology of the red army's maps of the world -- Plots and plans: the overt and covert methods of the Soviet cartographers -- Resurrection: the discovery of the maps after the fall of the Soviet Union and their continuing significance today -- Appendix 1. Examples of maps of various series and scales -- Appendix 2. References and resources -- Appendix 3. Translation of typical city plan Spravka -- Appendix 4. Translation of typical topographic map Spravka -- Appendix 5. Symbols and annotation -- Appendix 6. Glossary of common terms and abbreviations -- Appendix 7. Print codes -- Appendix 8. Secrecy and control -- Index. Place-names -- Index. General
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780226389578
Lccn
2017007292
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color)
Physical medium
paper
Positive negative aspect
not applicable
Production reproduction details
other
Specific material designation
atlas
System control number
  • on1009091690
  • (OCoLC)1009091690
Type of reproduction
not applicable
Label
The Red atlas : how the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world, John Davies, Alexander J. Kent, foreword by James Risen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-210) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Why this book is a detective story -- War and peace: the background of the story--from Napoleon's march on Moscow to the collapse of the Soviet Union -- Capturing the world--on paper: describing the style, content, and symbology of the red army's maps of the world -- Plots and plans: the overt and covert methods of the Soviet cartographers -- Resurrection: the discovery of the maps after the fall of the Soviet Union and their continuing significance today -- Appendix 1. Examples of maps of various series and scales -- Appendix 2. References and resources -- Appendix 3. Translation of typical city plan Spravka -- Appendix 4. Translation of typical topographic map Spravka -- Appendix 5. Symbols and annotation -- Appendix 6. Glossary of common terms and abbreviations -- Appendix 7. Print codes -- Appendix 8. Secrecy and control -- Index. Place-names -- Index. General
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780226389578
Lccn
2017007292
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color)
Physical medium
paper
Positive negative aspect
not applicable
Production reproduction details
other
Specific material designation
atlas
System control number
  • on1009091690
  • (OCoLC)1009091690
Type of reproduction
not applicable

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