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By William Rankin

For lots of the 20th century, maps have been necessary. They have been how governments understood, controlled, and defended their territory, and through the 2 global wars they have been produced by way of the loads of thousands. Cartographers and newshounds expected the dawning of a “map-minded age,” the place more and more state of the art maps may develop into daily instruments. by way of the century’s finish, although, there have been decisive shift in mapping practices, because the dominant equipment of land surveying and print e-book have been more and more displaced through digital navigation systems.


In After the Map, William Rankin argues that even if this shift didn't render conventional maps out of date, it did transform our event of geographic wisdom, from the God’s-eye view of the map to the embedded subjectivity of GPS.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 by way of a brand new emphasis on simplicity, reliability, and comfort. After the Map exhibits how this modification in geographic viewpoint is finally a change of the character of territory, either social and political.

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