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Arno Peters, historian, is best known for his World Map, the Peters Map, that is helping to change attitudes about geopolitics. Peters map has sold over 80 million copies worldwide in several languages. The Peters Map shows the correct size of Africa relative to other parts of the world.
Arno Peters was born in Berlin on May 22, 1916, and died in Bremen on December 2, 2002, at the age of 86. He was the son of Lucy Peters and Bruno Peters, social activists who were involved in the labor union movement. Among the visitors to Lucy and Bruno's home was the African-American professor, William Pickens. When he was 13, Arno Peters read a copy of Pickens book Bursting Bonds, that Pickens gave to Lucy Peters. Pickens' story of black liberation had a profound impact on Arno's view of the world and his values of fairness to all peoples.
Peters' need to treat all people with fairness led him to create and popularize a geographically correct map. Peters will also be remembered for promoting the alteration of the Greenwich Meridian to run through the Bering Straits, a logical geopolitically correct standard that remains unfulfilled.