Geography is more than places -- it represents
details that explore and explain patterns in space. History is more
than dates -- it represents interactions of people. Because these
interactions occur at specific locations, places often play a significant
role in history.
Maps are often meaningless without considering a
historical period. Consider maps of Europe before and after World
War II. Understanding the differences is difficult without
considering their historical contexts. Likewise, understanding the
historical significance of outcomes of WW II is difficult without
consulting maps of Europe before and after the war.
Maps represent more than drawings with
labels. They are complex graphs that systematically represent
spatial arrangements and other featured sets of information. If well
done and used properly, maps represent powerful tools that communicate
information and inspire critical thinking.
For links about
maps or Internet resources with
maps, see the resource
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