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Imperial Map
By James R. Akerman

The Imperial Map

Cartography and the Mastery of Empire

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Imperial Map by James R. Akerman

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Maps from virtually every culture and period - from Babylonian world maps to Saul Steinberg's famous New Yorker cover illustration, 'View of the World from 9th Avenue' - convey our tendency to see our communities as the center of the world (if not the universe) and, by implication, as superior to anything beyond these immediate boundaries. Mapping has long been a tool by which ruling bodies could claim their entitlement to lands and peoples. It is this aspect of cartography that James R. Akerman and a group of distinguished contributors address in "The Imperial Map".Critically reflecting on elements of mapping and imperialism from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century, the essays discuss the nature of the imperial map through a series of case studies of empires, from the Qing dynasty of China, to the Portuguese empire in South America, to American imperial pretensions in the Pacific Ocean, among others. Collectively, the essays reveal that the relationship between mapping and imperialism, as well as the practice of political and economic domination of weak polities by stronger ones, is a rich and complex historical theme that continues to resonate in our modern day.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226010762
ISBN-10: 0226010767
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 178mm x 29mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 17-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James R. Akerman

James R. Akerman is director of the Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, the editor of Cartographies of Travel and Navigation, and coeditor of Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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