Maps and Politics

Maps and Politics

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Do maps accurately and objectively (re)present the information we expect them to portray, or are they instead coloured by the political purposes of their makers? In the lively and well-illustrated "Maps and Politics", Jeremy Black argues persuasively that the supposed "objectivity" of the map-making and map-using process cannot be divorced from aspects of the politics of representation. Black uses a wide variety of historical and contemporary examples to show that maps have played, and continue to play, a major role in international and domestic politics. For instance, U.S. maps from World War II minimized the distances between the United States and Europe to globalize American attention, while wildly divergent representations of the former Yugoslavia are currently being used by various groups to assert ethnic identities and territorial claims. Jeremy Black's "Maps and Politics" provides us with a powerful lens through which we can intelligently view and interpret maps by returning them to the social and political contexts in which they have meaning.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 167.64 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • The University of Chicago Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 10 colour plates, 50 halftones
  • 0226054942
  • 9780226054940

About Professor Jeremy Black

Jeremy Black is a professor of history at the University of Exeter. He is the author of many books, including Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past.show more

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Do maps accurately and objectively present the information we expect them to portray, or are they instead colored by the political purposes of their makers? In this lively and well-illustrated book, Jeremy Black investigates this dangerous territory, arguing persuasively that the supposed -objectivity- of the map-making and map-using process cannot be divorced from aspects of the politics of representation.show more

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