Learning from “Amazing Maps” and their interactive maps

Perhaps you have noticed it too: the popular site “Amazing Maps” has a strong preference for everything European and from the United States, and what more powerful way to project an imperial view of the world than by using maps. Here Latin America and the Caribbean hardly appears at all and when it does, it is not from a positive angle. Africa more than Asia debuts in these maps, but the negative perspective here is even stronger. When the non-western world, in fact, is shown here it is only to bring “proportion” (a favorite word in this site) to the view from the U.S. and to compare it with whatever the subject is in the West; it is a form of self-talk and self discovery with the non-western world as a comparative background, but never as an equal (there is a definitive fear to Islam in this site). Despite all of this, the people behind this project often use their illustrative power of maps to highlight necessary criticism of Western Society (here is a link to a positive review of the site) And sometimes, there is a map or two that could prove useful in my classes. And here is a list of some of them.

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About Dennis R. Hidalgo
I am a historian of the Atlantic World. I am passionate about people, those alive in the present and those who left little trace of their past.

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