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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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Dislocating the Orient
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Daniel Foliard

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226451473.003.0008

This chapter describes the first phase in the invention and emergence of the “Middle East” as a frame of reference in the British cultural landscape, It analyzes the networks by which the new category was promoted and the various layers which supported this process of regionalization. It pays specific attention to the intellectuals of statecraft and their presumptions. It addresses the manner in which constructive imperialists, along with other proponents of an overhaul of the British imperial structure, confronted what amounted to a more academic grasp of the East. It also how metropolitan strategists competed with men on the spot over the definition of what could be the last addition to the British Empire and its structuring axis.

Keywords:   constructive imperialism, history of geopolitics, David Hogarth, Halford Mackinder, Mahdist War, history of the press, mental maps, new geography, geographical literacy

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