After The Map: Cartography, Navigation, And The Transformation Of Territory In The Twentieth Century

Hardcover | July 1, 2016

byWilliam Rankin

not yet rated|write a review
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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$71.50

In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
HURRY, ONLY 3 LEFT!

From the Publisher

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 ...

William Rankin is assistant professor of the history of science at Yale University. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

other books by William Rankin

Manual of Tree Diseases
Manual of Tree Diseases

Paperback|Aug 27 2016

$28.50

Manual of Tree Diseases
Manual of Tree Diseases

Hardcover|Aug 22 2015

$42.95

The South in Color: A Visual Journal
The South in Color: A Visual Journal

Kobo ebook|Jul 1 2016

$35.39 online$45.92list price(save 22%)
see all books by William Rankin
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.4 inPublished:July 1, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022633936X

ISBN - 13:9780226339368

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of After The Map: Cartography, Navigation, And The Transformation Of Territory In The Twentieth Century

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Possibly Ambiguous Terms

Introduction Territory and the Mapping Sciences

Part I The International Map of the World and the Logic of Representation

Chapter 1 The Authority of Representation
A Single Map for All Countries, 1891–1939

Chapter 2 Maps as Tools
Globalism, Regionalism, and the Erosion of Universal Cartography, 1940–1965

Part II: Cartographic Grids and New Territories of Calculation

Chapter 3 Aiming Guns, Recording Land, and Stitching Map to Territory
The Invention of Cartographic Grid Systems, 1914–1939

Chapter 4 Territoriality without Borders
Global Grids and the Universal Transverse Mercator, 1940–1965

Part III: Electronic Navigation and Territorial Pointillism

Chapter 5 Inhabiting the Grid
Radionavigation and Electronic Coordinates, 1920–1965

Chapter 6 The Politics of Global Coverage
The Navy, NASA, and GPS, 1960–2010

Conclusion The Politics in My Pocket

Acknowledgments
Acronyms and Codenames
Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

“After the Map is as prodigiously capacious and ground-breaking as the successive representations of the world that it recounts. It not only traces the progression since the late nineteenth century from terrain-based maps, through location by latitude-and-longitude-free grids, to orientation by points in GPS space, but it also convincingly analyzes what drove these cartographic shifts, spotlighting the dynamic interplay among technical knowledge and practices, military and navigational needs, and changing ideas of territory and sovereignty. Deeply researched and lucidly written, After the Map is an important, eye-opening, and compelling work.”