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

William Rankin

in After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226339368
eISBN:
9780226339535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226339535.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The International Map of the World was effectively dormant during World War II, and not long after its postwar revival under the umbrella of the United Nations it was drastically reconceived in the ... More


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

William Rankin

in After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226339368
eISBN:
9780226339535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226339535.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The International Map of the World – the IMW – was a hugely ambitious project to create a uniform atlas of the world in unprecedented detail. It was first proposed in 1891 by the German geographer ... More


After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century

William Rankin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226339368
eISBN:
9780226339535
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226339535.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Over the last several decades, paper maps have been gradually displaced by new electronic navigation systems like GPS. For many geographic tasks, the map’s familiar god’s-eye view from nowhere has ... More


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