After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century

After the Map Cartography Navigation and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century For most of the twentieth century maps were indispensable They were how governments understood managed and defended their territory and during the two world wars they were produced by the hundreds

  • Title: After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century
  • Author: William Rankin
  • ISBN: 9780226339368
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For most of the twentieth century, maps were indispensable They were how governments understood, managed, and defended their territory, and during the two world wars they were produced by the hundreds of millions Cartographers and journalists predicted the dawning of a map minded age, where increasingly state of the art maps would become everyday tools By the century For most of the twentieth century, maps were indispensable They were how governments understood, managed, and defended their territory, and during the two world wars they were produced by the hundreds of millions Cartographers and journalists predicted the dawning of a map minded age, where increasingly state of the art maps would become everyday tools By the century s end, however, there had been decisive shift in mapping practices, as the dominant methods of land surveying and print publication were increasingly displaced by electronic navigation systems In After the Map, William Rankin argues that although this shift did not render traditional maps obsolete, it did radically change our experience of geographic knowledge, from the God s eye view of the map to the embedded subjectivity of GPS Likewise, older concerns with geographic truth and objectivity have been upstaged by a new emphasis on simplicity, reliability, and convenience After the Map shows how this change in geographic perspective is ultimately a transformation of the nature of territory, both social and political.

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    One thought on “After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century”

    1. I cannot say that I understand most of this book, but it is fascinating to contemplate. We have travelled far in the name of progress. Technology has changed the world exponentially in the last century and it continues to change how we view the world. Rankin uses the word geo-epistemology to describe his interest in how geographic technologies intertwine with our daily lives and for political use. These systems have been developed for use by governments and especially by the military. We are mov [...]

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