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Territoriality without Borders: Global Grids and the Universal Transverse Mercator, 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/9780226339535.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Just after World War II, the US Army created a single global grid system that was meant to overlay the patchwork of local and national grids discussed in the previous chapter. This system – the ... 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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