Afternoon Map: Because Looking at History is Easier than Reading About It.

Anıl Duman, Uykusuz (February 7, 2013)
Our mission is and will always be to make Afternoon Map the number one Ottoman/Turkish/Middle Eastern/Balkan cartography blog on the internet by bringing you a range of original, visually appealing and intellectually engaging maps harvested from archives and libraries around the world. We hope these maps will appeal to history buffs, travelers and map enthusiasts alike, and to that end we have tried to provide some background for each map, at times even some analysis, without descending into the pedantry that accompanies so much academic writing on cartography. At the same time, we hope historians and other researchers will find these maps useful for their work. We firmly believe that every book needs more maps, and would be delighted if these maps could be useful toward that end. Finally, please send contributions, corrections or comments to Nick Danforth: nick.danforth - @ - gmail.com.


The Afternoon Map is a member of MENAlab, a constellation of independent internet destinations focused on the history, society, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. We are dedicated to presenting open-access and advertising-free content generated by scholars and researchers from a variety of disciplines. Currently our sites include:
Ottoman History Podcast: a weekly internet radio program in English and Turkish offering interviews with scholars and researchers on emerging topics in the study of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East
Tozsuz Evrak: a close to the source document blog displaying primary sources and archival materials intended for use by researchers
Afternoon Map: a cartography blog dedicated to presenting quality maps with a maximum pixel-to-word ratio
HAZİNE: a resource for information on archives and libraries for researchers working on the Middle East and beyond
Stambouline: a history blog where travel and art/architecture of the Ottoman Empire meet
Tajine: an academic blog and podcast about the Maghreb (launching January 2014)

Our header features an image from the Carte drôlatique d’Europe pour 1870. See the whole map and read about its history here