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Dislocating the OrientBritish Maps and the Making of the Middle East, 1854-1921$
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Daniel Foliard

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451336

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451473.001.0001

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Maps for the Masses?

Maps for the Masses?

(p.67) Chapter Three Maps for the Masses?
Dislocating the Orient

Daniel Foliard

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the reception of the cartographies and geographies of the Orient by the wider British public in the 1850s and 1860s.It first considers commercial mapmaking and the contrasted history of its gradual modernization and inherent conservatism. It demonstrates that British mapmakers’ pretensions of to modernity were often contradicted by cost-related restraints and lack of updated data. It provides a detailed examination of how maps became integrated into increasingly widespread social practices. It explores the less-scholarly less scholarly forms of maps with a view to demonstrating how the exhibition of the world’s outlines became one of the facets of 19th-century leisure. Another focal point of this chapter is the issue of geographical literacy and the educational uses of maps of the East.

Keywords:   mapmaking, print culture, geographical education, James Wyld, practices of knowledge production, Edward Stanford, Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, history of education

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