An analysis of the global symbology of Soviet military city plans
Davis, M. and Kent, A. 2021. An analysis of the global symbology of Soviet military city plans. The Cartographic Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/00087041.2021.1958193
|Davis, M. and Kent, A.
Soviet military maps utilized a comprehensive cartographic symbology that was designed for mapping the globe at various scales, including thousands of towns and cities in street-level detail. This paper presents an analysis of the Soviet symbol specifications, as defined by the official cartographic production documents, and aims to offer some insights into how the challenges of mapping a global diversity of urban and natural environments were addressed. A further stage of the analysis examines a sample of 19 Soviet military city plans to evaluate the implementation of the official symbology specified in the production documents. This finds that barely half of this symbology was utilized and that new symbols were routinely created as improvised solutions. By comparing the theoretical context of the symbology with its real-world application the paper offers a critical appraisal of the versatility of the Soviet approach that may inform current and future global mapping initiatives.
|Soviet Union; Topographic maps; Military city plans; Symbology analysis
|The Cartographic Journal
|Taylor & Francis
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
|12 Oct 2021
|Publication process dates
|18 Oct 2021
|16 Jul 2021
|Accepted author manuscript
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