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Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past, and: Maps and Politics (review)

Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past, and: Maps and Politics (review) Book Reviews Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past. By jeremy black. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1997. Pp. ix + 267. $35 (cloth). Maps and Politics. By jeremy black. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. Pp. 188. $35 (cloth). Jeremy Black's Maps and History and Maps and Politics, published in the same year, convey the same general message--that maps are inherently nonobjective. Maps and Politics, in particular, is a veritable polemic for the idea that cartography is biased and "political." The topic is important, Black believes, because historians persist in regarding cartography as "scientific" rather than seeking to understand its biases. To correct this lapse, both books provide the reader with a wealth of information on how to understand the premises and choices that underlie any map. In addition, other issues are covered, such as the mapping of new subjects and fields, the commercial context in which historical atlases are created, and new technology in cartography. Maps and History, for seven of its eleven chapters, is a historiographical, chronological analysis of historical atlases. The historiographical treatment is penetrating but perhaps overly detailed for a noncartographer. Although Black seldom states clearly his theme of cartographic bias, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past, and: Maps and Politics (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 11 (1) – Mar 1, 2000

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Book Reviews Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past. By jeremy black. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1997. Pp. ix + 267. $35 (cloth). Maps and Politics. By jeremy black. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. Pp. 188. $35 (cloth). Jeremy Black's Maps and History and Maps and Politics, published in the same year, convey the same general message--that maps are inherently nonobjective. Maps and Politics, in particular, is a veritable polemic for the idea that cartography is biased and "political." The topic is important, Black believes, because historians persist in regarding cartography as "scientific" rather than seeking to understand its biases. To correct this lapse, both books provide the reader with a wealth of information on how to understand the premises and choices that underlie any map. In addition, other issues are covered, such as the mapping of new subjects and fields, the commercial context in which historical atlases are created, and new technology in cartography. Maps and History, for seven of its eleven chapters, is a historiographical, chronological analysis of historical atlases. The historiographical treatment is penetrating but perhaps overly detailed for a noncartographer. Although Black seldom states clearly his theme of cartographic bias,

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Published: Mar 1, 2000

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