Series: Springer Theses. Recognizing Outstanding Ph.D. Research

Title: A Cartographic Analysis of Soviet Military City Plans Edition: 1st ed.

Author(s): Martin Davis (auth.)

Publisher: Springer

Year: 2021

Pages: XXII, 200

ISBN: 3030840166; 9783030840174; 3030840174; 9783030840167

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-84017-4

DOI owner: Springer-Verlag


Computer Applications; Geography; Geography, general; Geophysics/Geodesy


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The collapse of the Soviet Union has seen the emergence of its unprecedentedly comprehensive global secret military mapping project and the commercial availability of a vast number of detailed topographic maps and city plans at several scales. This thesis provides an in-depth examination of the series of over 2,000 large-scale city plans produced in secret by the Military Topographic Directorate (Военное топографическое управление) of the General Staff between the end of the Second World War and the collapse of the USSR in 1991. After positioning the series in its historical context, the nature and content of the plans are examined in detail. A poststructuralist perspective introduces possibilities to utilise and apply the maps in new contexts, which this thesis facilitates by providing a systematic, empirical analysis of the Soviet map symbology at 1:10,000 and 1:25,000, using new translations of production manuals and a sample of the city plans. A comparative analysis with the
current OpenStreetMap symbology indicates scope for Soviet mapping to be used as a valuable supplementary topographic resource in a variety of existing and future global mapping initiatives, including humanitarian crisis mapping. This leads to a conclusion that the relevance and value of Soviet military maps endure in modern applications, both as a source of data and as a means of overcoming contemporary cartographic challenges relating to symbology, design and the handling of large datasets.

Front Matter ....Pages i-xxii
Russian and Soviet Cartography: A Concise History (Martin Davis)....Pages 1-29
An Introduction to Soviet Military City Plans (Martin Davis)....Pages 31-73
Towards an Ontogenetic Approach to Soviet Military City Plans: A Post-Representational Epistemology (Martin Davis)....Pages 75-97
Developing an Approach to Analysing Soviet City Plans (Martin Davis)....Pages 99-110
The Methodology (Martin Davis)....Pages 111-127
Analysing the Symbology of Soviet Military City Plans (Martin Davis)....Pages 129-163
Discussion (Martin Davis)....Pages 165-190
Conclusion (Martin Davis)....Pages 191-196
Back Matter ....Pages 197-200
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