Satirical (Persuasive) Maps


Most certainly you, and I, know what maps are. But just to be perfectly clear, here is the primary meaning of the term (definition) from satirical map attacking the Axis by the artist Arthur Szyk, published in Esquire Magazine in 1942

[…] a representation, usually on a flat surface, as of the features of an area of the earth or a portion of the heavens, showing them in their respective forms, sizes, and relationships according to some convention of representation […]

So if that is “what a map is” then what is a satirical or persuasive map?

It should come as little surprise that there is a class of Maps (most generally known as Satirical or Persuasive Maps). These reasonably rare and unique maps offer an opinionated, highly characterized view of the landscape. Sometimes even qualifying as propaganda. To quote the British Museum:

A satirical map is an illustration with a cartographic element that has been produced specifically to make a comment upon the social, economic or political state of things.

I have begun gathering a number of Satirical/ Persuasive Maps and make them available on ManyRoads (under Fair Use). I hope you enjoy them.

If you wish to learn more about this type of Cartography (Maps), I recommend the following webpages/ sites.

Satirical Maps