A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the by John Pickles

By John Pickles

This ebook presents an important perception into the practices and concepts of maps and map-making. It attracts on a variety of social theorists, and theorists of maps and cartography, to teach how maps and map-making have formed the areas within which we live.
Going past the focal point of conventional cartography, the publication attracts on examples of using maps from the 16th century to the current, together with their function in tasks of the nationwide and colonial kingdom, emergent capitalism and the planetary attention of the common sciences. It additionally considers using maps for army reasons, maps that experience coded sleek conceptions of overall healthiness, disorder and social personality, and maps of the obvious human physique and the obvious earth.

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In their rush to create a science of mapping, post-war cartographers have too quickly forgotten the lessons of their war-time colleagues. Indeed, perhaps the clearest statements of the map-propaganda map relation was provided by the very cartographers who were engaged in combating German attempts to use propaganda maps during the Second World What do maps represent? 4 Roosevelt Map of the US (Library of Congress, Washington, DC) War. For Weigert (1941: 5301) the map was a double-edged weapon: 'in unskilled hands it easily becomes a subject of ruthless and stupid propaganda.

The Belgium American Educational Foundation, New York, 1940, with permis- sion) What do maps represent? 39 troops as hopeless. They were shown to be completely surrounded, with little hope of escape and nowhere to escape to: the Allies were surrounded, the Germans were on the move (indicated by the use of bold arrowS throughout occupied territory). The technical manipulation of the visual field of the map made the call for men to lay down their arms appear reasonable in such an island of desperation.

It is in this intersection that much of what has been called propaganda mapping arises. The issue becomes clearer on closer analysis. For Barthes, all 'imitative' arts comprise two messages: a denotative message and a connotative message. The realist painter and photographer stake their reputations on their work being predominantly denotative, in the sense that the representation of the objects is a representation in which the objects represented are objects from the world, without obvious transformation.

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