Book ID: CBB129164251

To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire (2018)

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Smith, Jason W. (Author)


The University of North Carolina Press


Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 280
Language: English

As the United States grew into an empire in the late nineteenth century, notions like "sea power" derived not only from fleets, bases, and decisive battles but also from a scientific effort to understand and master the ocean environment. Beginning in the early nineteenth century and concluding in the first years of the twentieth, Jason W. Smith tells the story of the rise of the U.S. Navy and the emergence of American ocean empire through its struggle to control nature. In vividly told sketches of exploration, naval officers, war, and, most significantly, the ocean environment, Smith draws together insights from environmental, maritime, military, and naval history, and the history of science and cartography, placing the U.S. Navy's scientific efforts within a broader cultural context.By recasting and deepening our understanding of the U.S. Navy and the United States at sea, Smith brings to the fore the overlooked work of naval hydrographers, surveyors, and cartographers. In the nautical chart's soundings, names, symbols, and embedded narratives, Smith recounts the largely untold story of a young nation looking to extend its power over the boundless sea.

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Review Sasha Davis (2020) Review of "To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire". Journal of American History (pp. 1065-1065). unapi

Review William Fowler (2019) Review of "To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire". Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography (pp. 225-226). unapi

Review Evan Wilson (2019) Review of "To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 188-189). unapi

Review Evan Wilson (2019) Review of "To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 188-189). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Siddiqi, Asif
Acosta, Salvador
Lindo-Fuentes, Hector
Stoll, Steven
Akerman, James R.
Bates, Charles C.
Journals
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Archives of Natural History
History of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Publishers
University of Chicago Press
Corn Field Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Harvard University Asia Center
Chuo-koron
Fordham University
Concepts
Cartography
Imperialism
Hydrography
Oceans and seas
Oceanography
Surveying
People
Wille, Robert-Jan
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century
Medieval
17th century
Places
Great Britain
United States
Japan
Italy
Russia
Austro-hungary
Institutions
United States Navy
United States. Department of Agriculture
United States. Geological Survey
Great Britain. Board of Trade
British Admiralty
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