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Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the World as Globe

Sumathi Ramaswamy


Terrestrial Lessons is an unconventional history of a commonplace object we moderns have likely encountered at some point of time in our lives, especially as school-going children. For the last half millennium, the terrestrial globe has circulated as a master object of scientific modernity, a knowledge of whose shape and contours has been deemed critical to our status as educated and enlightened inhabitants of our world. Today, it is a ubiquitous symbol of our “global” times, its familiar visage seemingly everywhere. Some have even argued that the image of the “global” Earth is the nearest thi ... More

Keywords: India, terrestrial globe, school globe, terrestrial lessons, colonial pedagogy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226476575
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226476742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sumathi Ramaswamy, author
Duke University