Peters projection map on West Wing

Peters world map

Gall-Peters projection world map

The Gall-Peters projection map is a common Introduction to African Studies (and world history) classroom discussion topic, but television makes it dramatic (this video clip from The West Wing television series is a brief and entertaining introduction if you aren’t already familiar with the map)! Wikipedia‘s wikimedia commons has a larger version of the image available.

Related resources (a personal favorite): Monmonier, Mark S. 1991. How to lie with maps. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. See also the Reversed maps page (which reminds us that North has not always held the privileged position of up on maps. “Orientation” refers to an earlier perspective promoted by the primary point of the compass or Wind Rose pointing East on some antique maps).

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