Review of John Davies and Alexander Kent, Red Atlas by Andrew Monaghan

Dr Andrew Monaghan writes a review of:

Red Atlas. How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World by John Davies and Alexander J. Kent. London: University of Chicago Press, 2017. HB. 234pp. Maps, Photos, Index. ISBN-13: 978-0-226-38957-8

“This fine book examines the significant effort that the Soviet Union invested in mapping the USSR, its Soviet allies and world. This was the world’s ‘largest mapping endeavour’, conducted by thousands of cartographers who produced perhaps more than a million different types of maps of different parts of the planet, to an ‘extraordinarily high quality of craftsmanship’, to present an alternative view of the globe. Indeed, the maps often appear as works of art.”

Dr Andrew Monaghan is Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security at CCW