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By William Rankin

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

           

In After the Map, William Rankin argues that even supposing this shift didn't render conventional maps out of date, it did seriously change our adventure of geographic wisdom, from the God’s-eye view of the map to the embedded subjectivity of GPS. Likewise, older matters with geographic fact and objectivity were upstaged by means of a brand new emphasis on simplicity, reliability, and comfort. After the Map exhibits how this modification in geographic viewpoint is eventually a change of the character of territory, either social and political.

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