Book ID: CBB512096411

Cartography: The Ideal and Its History (2019)


Edney, Matthew H. (Author)

The University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 309
Language: English

Over the past four decades, the volumes published in the landmark History of Cartography series have both chronicled and encouraged scholarship about maps and mapping practices across time and space. As the current director of the project that has produced these volumes, Matthew H. Edney has a unique vantage point for understanding what “cartography” has come to mean and include.   In this book Edney disavows the term cartography, rejecting the notion that maps represent an undifferentiated category of objects for study. Rather than treating maps as a single, unified group, he argues, scholars need to take a processual approach that examines specific types of maps—sea charts versus thematic maps, for example—in the context of the unique circumstances of their production, circulation, and consumption. To illuminate this bold argument, Edney chronicles precisely how the ideal of cartography that has developed in the West since 1800 has gone astray. By exposing the flaws in this ideal, his book challenges everyone who studies maps and mapping practices to reexamine their approach to the topic. The study of cartography will never be the same.

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Authors & Contributors
González, Carmen Pérez
Abee, Michele D.
Storms, Martijn
Ormelinge, Ferjan
Roberts, Maxwell
Ovenden, Mark
Espaço e Cultura
Kartographische Nachrichten
IMCOS: Journal of the International Map Collectors' Society
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Penguin Books
Springer International Publishing
University of Chicago Press
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Maps; atlases
Western world, civilization and culture
Science and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Richter, Eduard
Mercator, Gerardus
Time Periods
Early modern
20th century
19th century
Mediterranean region
Middle and Near East
Yellow River (China)

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