Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
After the Map
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century

William Rankin


Over the last several decades, paper maps have been gradually displaced by new electronic navigation systems like GPS. For many geographic tasks, the map’s familiar god’s-eye view from nowhere has thus been exchanged for the much more embedded experience of electronic coordinates, with a new focus on geographic points rather than large areas. This book argues that this shift in geographic knowledge should be seen quite broadly as a change in both the macro-politics of territory and the everyday micro-politics of geographic space. It presents the history of the mapping sciences in the twentieth ... More

Keywords: maps, cartography, navigation, territory, geography, globalization, International Map of the World, Universal Transverse Mercator, Global Positioning System, GPS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226339368
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226339535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Rankin, author
Yale University