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    Maps and Politics (Picturing History) (Paperback) By (author) Jeremy Black

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    DescriptionWe all rely on the apparent accuracy and objectivity of maps, but often do not see the very process of mapping as political. Are the power and purpose of maps inherently political? "Maps and Politics" addresses this important question and seeks to emphasize that the apparent objectivity' of the map-making and map-using process cannot be divorced from aspects of the politics of representation. Maps have played, and continue to play, a major role in both international and domestic politics. They show how visual geographical representations can be made to reflect and advance political agendas in powerful ways. The major developments in this field over the last century are responses both to cartographic progression and to a greater emphasis on graphic imagery in societies affected by politicization, democratization, and consumer and cultural shifts. Jeremy Black asks whether bias-free cartography is possible and demonstrates that maps are not straight-forward visual texts, but contain political and politicizing subtexts that need to be read with care.


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    Title
    Maps and Politics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeremy Black
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 485 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781861890818
    ISBN 10: 1861890818
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.0
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JPA
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: RGV
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: POL000000
    BIC subject category V2: JPSL
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 320.1209
    Thema V1.0: JPA, JPSL, RGV
    Illustrations note
    40 black & white illustrations, 20 colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Reaktion Books
    Imprint name
    Reaktion Books
    Publication date
    01 May 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, and the author or editor of over twenty books including Why Wars Happen (Reaktion, 1998), Britain since the Seventies (Reaktion, 2004) and War since 1945 (Reaktion, 2004).
    Review quote
    Reaktion Books has been producing ... closely argued and beautifully printed interrogations of the painting, the photograph, and the map. Black brings cartography within this archaeology, exploring in a series of telling and engaging anecdotes the hidden purposes and aesthetics of what seems, on the 2D surface, the most objective of represenatations. The Herald, Glasgow ... examines the technical and interpretative challenges that face cartographers and their ultimate customers ... excellent The Times Literary Supplement
    Review text
    As violent conflict once again punishes the Holy Land, it pays the neutral observer to consider the problems of the peacemakers as they entreat sworn enemies to accept a map they may both, one day, be able to live with. For just as the eventual contours of a peace deal will have to respond to the territorial and military preoocupations of both sides and their sponsors, the struggle over Jerusalem demonstrates that it must also satisfy spiritual, ethnic and economic criteria. This open wound in the Middle East reveals well how mapmaking is far more than just the delineation of borders, settlements and natural features - but a deeply ideological process coloured by rivalries and unfinished historical business. The issue of Jewish settlements exemplifies how the control of land can respond to a complex of religious and nationalist convictions, turning the distortion inherend in cartography into propoganda and polemic. For this reason, Black tells us, Zionist atlases both ignore Arab views and reinforce settler claims on the basis that they establish cultivation in previously arid lands. Black's singular ability to step back and read the map for what it really is displays a rare insight into its role as a statement or 'discourse', a phenomenon noted both by cartographic theorists and historians. The dizzying historical and technical scope of this book, which sweeps us from ancient China to Nasa's satellite maps - which, Black argues. are no less subjective than other maps concealing messages - is complemented by a careful consideration of the difficult choices facing cartographers in mapping our socio-political environment. If its theoretical scope leaves on, at times, a little lost, it is because Black is brave enough to steer off the main road and into the undergrowth where most map users never dare to tread. (Kirkus UK)