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Decolonizing the MapCartography from Colony to Nation$
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James R. Akerman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226422787

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226422817.001.0001

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Cartography and Decolonization

Cartography and Decolonization

(p.11) Chapter One Cartography and Decolonization
Decolonizing the Map

Raymond B. Craib

University of Chicago Press

This essay offers a synoptic view of cartography and decolonization in the twentieth century and makes occasional reference to nineteenth-century processes of decolonization in the Americas. Intentionally broad and synthetic, the essay looks at colonization and decolonization across the globe and across nearly two centuries. While cognizant of the fact that the particularities of decolonization varied according to time and space, this essay's wide-angle perspective is an effort to put the historical experiences and processes of decolonization in Africa and Asia, in North America and Latin America, in Oceania and Southwest Asia, in to conversation, comparison, and relation to one another. Doing so highlights certain patterns and continuities but, of course, at the risk of eliding differences and disjunctures.

Keywords:   cartography, decolonization, colonization, comparison, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Oceania, North America

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