By J. B. Harley

In this choice of essays J. B. Harley (1932-1991) attracts on principles in paintings heritage, literature, philosophy, and the research of visible tradition to subvert the normal, "positivist" version of cartography, changing it with person who is grounded in an iconological and semiotic thought of the character of maps. He defines a map as a "social building" and argues that maps will not be basic representations of truth yet exert profound impacts upon the way in which house is conceptualized and arranged. A imperative topic is the way power―whether army, political, non secular, or economic―becomes inscribed at the land via cartography. during this new analyzing of maps and map making, Harley undertakes a shocking trip into the character of the social and political unconscious.

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The New Nature of Maps: Essays in the History of Cartography

During this number of essays J. B. Harley (1932-1991) attracts on principles in artwork heritage, literature, philosophy, and the examine of visible tradition to subvert the conventional, "positivist" version of cartography, changing it with person who is grounded in an iconological and semiotic concept of the character of maps.

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35 The aim of carco-bibliography is to bring together a series of maps printed from the same printing surface. 36 By this method a sequence of geographical and other changes in related maps can be reconstructed. This in turn allows the publication history of the maps of an area to be pieced together. It also allows the single map to be dated and slotted into this sequence, and the extent of geographical revision between states or editions of maps ro be detected. Maps are often representations of time as much as space.

52 Seeing was believing in relation co the territorial hierarchies expressed in maps. Whether in che general history of agricultural improvement, of enclosure, of che draining or embankment of fens and marshes, or of che represent, and even less co cheir social consequences. Such "bias" or "distor- reclamation of hill and moor, che surveyor ever more frequently walks at the side of the landlord in spreading capitalist forms of agriculture. 53 Maps impinged invisibly on the daily lives of ordinary people.

39 Maps do not simply reproduce a topographical reality; they also interpret it. The rules of the social order are sometimes visible, even self-evident, within a group of maps. Alternatively, they are sometimes hidden within the mode of representation. Among the category of "visible society;" we may place the North American bird's-eye views of towns and cities, the city maps and plans, and the county maps and atlases. They are all cultural texts taking possession of the land. 40 All proclaim a social gospel and serve co reinforce it.

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