The Imperial Map

Cartography and the Mastery of Empire

Edited by James R. Akerman

Edited by James R. Akerman

384 pages | 12 color plates, 100 halftones | 7 x 10 | © 2008
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9780226010762 Published March 2009
Maps from virtually every culture and period—from Babylonian world maps to Saul Steinberg’s famous New Yorker cover illustration, “View of the World from 9th Avenue”convey our tendency to see our communities as the center of the world (if not the universe) and, by implication, as superior to anything beyond these immediate boundaries. Mapping has long been a tool by which ruling bodies could claim their entitlement to lands and peoples. It is this aspect of cartography that James R. Akerman and a group of distinguished contributors address in The Imperial Map.
Critically reflecting on elements of mapping and imperialism from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century, the essays discuss the nature of the imperial map through a series of case studies of empires, from the Qing dynasty of China, to the Portuguese empire in South America, to American imperial pretensions in the Pacific Ocean, among others. Collectively, the essays reveal that the relationship between mapping and imperialism, as well as the practice of political and economic domination of weak polities by stronger ones, is a rich and complex historical theme that continues to resonate in our modern day.
 
Contents
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION
JAMES R. AKERMAN

CHAPTER ONE
The Irony of Imperial Mapping
MATTHEW H. EDNEY

CHAPTER TWO
“Exalted and Glorified to the Ends of the Earth”: Imperial Maps and Christian Spaces in Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth-Century Russian Siberia
VALERIE A. KIVELSON

CHAPTER THREE
Contending Cartographic Claims? The Qing Empire in Manchu, Chinese, and European Maps
LAURA HOSTETLER

CHAPTER FOUR
The Confines of the Colony: Boundaries, Ethnographic Landscapes, and Imperial Cartography in Iberoamerica
NEIL SAFIER

CHAPTER FIVE
Hydrographic Discipline among the Navigators: Charting an “Empire of Science and Commerce” in the Nineteenth-Century Pacific
D. GRAHAM BURNETT

CHAPTER SIX
The Cartography of the Fourth Estate: Mapping the New Imperialism in British and French Newspapers, 1875–1925
MICHAEL HEFFERNAN

Notes
Contributors
Index
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