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.
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