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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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Seeing Red?

Seeing Red?

(p.169) Chapter Six Seeing Red?
Dislocating the Orient

Daniel Foliard

University of Chicago Press

This chapter sets out to examine the interplay between the various official and nonofficial actors who produced knowledge on the East in the late Victorian period. It pays specific attention to the dissensions between the various imperial centers which shaped the understanding of the East and therefore question imperial core-periphery interrelations in that regard.It draws attention to how decision makers deployed the cartographic and geographical expertise available to them.It examines speculative, argumentative, and prospective manipulations of maps of the East and shows how mapmaking practices played their part in Britain’s conceptualizations of the area. It also emphasizes how Britain's grasp on the East was an intricate process in which counteraction, negotiation, and potential manipulation by local inhabitants participated in the shaping of Western knowledge.

Keywords:   Royal Geographical Society, George Curzon, Survey of India, foreign office, war office, knowledge, Indian Empire, power

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