Mapping Palestine and Mesopotamia in the First World War

Peter Collier, Robert Inkpen

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The survey and mapping activities which took place in Palestine and Mesopotamia during the First World War need to be considered in their contexts, both of long-term British mapping activities in the region, and of survey and mapping generally during the First World War. Thus, while it is important to recognise the real technical advances in map-making which resulted from survey activities in the Near and Middle East during the First World War, it needs to be recognised that this was simply the culmination of nearly 80 years of British military mapping in the region. Each generation of surveyors used the most appropriate tools for the task in hand and the conditions under which the survey needed to be conducted. The First World War surveyors were fortunate that a new tool, aerial photography, had become available just prior to the war.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-154
Number of pages12
JournalThe Cartographic Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001


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