After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the by William Rankin

By William Rankin

For lots of the 20th century, maps have been vital. They have been how governments understood, controlled, and defended their territory, and through the 2 international wars they have been produced through the loads of hundreds of thousands. Cartographers and newshounds anticipated the dawning of a “map-minded age,” the place more and more cutting-edge maps may develop into daily instruments. through the century’s finish, despite the fact that, there were decisive shift in mapping practices, because the dominant tools of land surveying and print book have been more and more displaced by means of digital navigation systems.


In After the Map, William Rankin argues that even though this shift didn't render conventional maps out of date, it did seriously change our adventure of geographic wisdom, from the God’s-eye view of the map to the embedded subjectivity of GPS. Likewise, older issues with geographic fact and objectivity were upstaged through a brand new emphasis on simplicity, reliability, and comfort. After the Map exhibits how this alteration in geographic viewpoint is finally a metamorphosis of the character of territory, either social and political.

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