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Dislocating the Orient – British Maps and the Making of the Middle East, 1854-1921 - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Dislocating the Orient: British Maps and the Making of the Middle East, 1854-1921

Daniel Foliard


While the twentieth century’s conflicting visions and exploitation of the Middle East are well documented, the origins of the concept of the Middle East itself have been largely ignored. With Dislocating the Orient, Daniel Foliard tells the story of how the land was brought into being, exploring how maps, knowledge, and blind ignorance all participated in the construction of this imagined region. Foliard vividly illustrates how the British first defined the Middle East as a geopolitical and cartographic region in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through their imperial maps. Until t ... More

Keywords: critical cartography, cultural historical geography, Asian history, British and Irish history, orientalism, history of science, theory in the history of cartography, history of education, Syria, Palestine, Middle Eastern history, historical geography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226451336
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226451473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Foliard, author
Paris Ouest University.

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