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Imaginary Cartographies
By Daniel Lord Smail

Imaginary Cartographies

Possession and Identity in Late Medieval Marseille

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Imaginary Cartographies by Daniel Lord Smail

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How, in the years before the advent of urban maps, did city residents conceptualize and navigate their communities? In his strikingly original book, Daniel Lord Smail develops a new method and a new vocabulary for understanding how urban men and women thought about their personal geography. His thorough research of property records of late medieval Marseille leads him to conclude that its inhabitants charted their city, its social structure, and their own identities within that structure through a set of cartographic grammars which powerfully shaped their lives.Prior to the fourteenth century, different interest groups-notaries, royal officials, church officials, artisans-developed their own cartographies in accordance with their own social, political, or administrative agendas. These competing templates were created around units ranging from streets and islands to vicinities and landmarks. Smail shows how the notarial template, which privileged the street as the most basic marker of address, gradually emerged as the cartographic norm. This transformation, he argues, led to the rise of modern urban maps and helped to inaugurate the process whereby street addresses were attached to citizen identities, a crucial development in the larger enterprise of nation building.Imaginary Cartographies opens up powerful new means for exploring late medieval and Renaissance urban society while advancing understanding of the role of social perceptions in history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801436260
ISBN-10: 0801436265
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 2-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Deep History by Daniel Lord Smail Deep History, Paperback (August 2012)

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On Deep History and the Brain by Daniel Lord Smail On Deep History and the Brain, Paperback (November 2008)

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Author Biography - Daniel Lord Smail

Daniel Lord Smail is Professor of History at Harvard University.

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