Map of Western Asia, Circa 1918−20


This map of western Asia produced by the American Geographical Society (AGS) of New York dates from the period immediately after World War I. A similar map in the collection of the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is thought to have been made by the AGS for the use of the American delegation to the peace negotiations in Versailles in 1918−19. The map shows Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula, Persia (present-day Iran), and Afghanistan. Iraq is still shown as part of Turkey (the Ottoman Empire). The League of Nations mandates for Syria, Iraq, and Palestine, adopted at the peace conference, are not yet shown. Qatar is indicated as El Katr; Doha and Wakrah are shown as Dohah and Wakra. India (i.e., British India) includes present-day Pakistan. The Soviet Union, with its constituent republics in Central Asia (Russian Turkistan), has not yet been formed. The map has three scales: miles, kilometers, and Russian versts.

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New York


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1 map ; 51 x 85 centimeters


  • Scale approximately 1:6,000,000

Last updated: April 8, 2014