In the distinctive style of Richard Edes Harrison, who helped create a new perspective of bird’s-eye-view taken from a point in space, this fascinating map tells the story of how, following the Japanese invasion in 1937, China’s center of gravity shifted from the flat, vulnerable plains of the north and coast to mountainous inland areas which were better protected.
Included in this shift were universities, and an inset illustrates original and present university locations, noting that since 1937 thirty Chinese universities have traveled an average of 700 miles each.
This map appeared as a supplement to the April, 1941 issue of Fortune Magazine. Harrison designed maps to be both visually appealing and politically charged, reflecting the urgency of the war. This map even delineates the supply routes used by the Chinese to subvert the Japanese blockade, stating that goods arrived via the U.S.S.R., Burma, and through southern ports.
The Yellow Sea is noted as being “opaque with China’s good topsoil.”