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- DescriptionFor 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 <i>After the Map</i>, William Rankin argues that although this shift did t render traditional maps obsolete, it did radically change our experience of geographic kwledge, 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. <i>After the Map</i> shows how this change in geographic perspective is ultimately a transformation of the nature of territory, both social and political.
- Author Biography<b>William Rankin</b> is assistant professor of the history of science at Yale University. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
- Author(s)William Rankin
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication26/08/2016
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight907 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine33 mm
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