Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in relation to recent developments and current research. The Handbook is in two volumes, divided across nine parts. Volume One includes commentaries on the history and geography of historical geography, and reviews how historical geographers have considered the appropriation, management and representation of landscape, the changing geographies of property, land, money and financial capital, and the demographic, medical and political analysis of the world's growing and mobile population. Volume Two shows how historical geographers have made significant contributions to geopolitical debates about the relationships between nation-states and empires, to environmental challenges posed by human interaction with the natural world, to studies of the cultural, intellectual and political implications of modern science and technology, and to investigations of communicative action, artefacts, performances and representations. The final part reviews the methodological and ethical challenges of historical geography as a publicly engaged research practice. Part 1: Histories and Geographies; Part 2: Land and Landscapes; Part 3: Property and Money; Part 4: Population and Mobility; Part 5: Territory and Geopolitics; Part 6: Environment and Nature; Part 7: Science and Technology; Part 8: Meaning and Communication; and Part 9: Studies in Practice.

Chapter 42: Maps, Publishing, and Civil Authority in the Age of Print

Maps, Publishing, and Civil Authority in the Age of Print

Maps, publishing, and civil authority in the age of print
James R. Akerman

In the early twenty-first century, the very concept of publication, historically associated with the circulation of printed texts and images, has been fundamentally altered by the ascendance of digital communications. In the realm of cartography, the effect of digitally distributed maps has been particularly profound (Crampton 2000). Online navigational applications such as Google Maps enjoy iconic status in the digital public sphere, while Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been widely and enthusiastically embraced by researchers and educators for whom the descriptive, analytical, didactic potential of data-rich thematic mapping previously seemed out of reach. Academic historians in particular have lauded GIS for stimulating a ...

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