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Cartographies of Travel and Navigation

Edited by James R. Akerman

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226010748
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226010786 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226010786.001.0001
Cartographies of Travel and Navigation

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Finding one's way with a map is a relatively recent phenomenon. In premodern times, maps were used, if at all, mainly for planning journeys in advance, not for guiding travelers on the road. With the exception of navigational sea charts, the use of maps by travelers only became common in the modern era. Indeed, in the last two hundred years, maps have become the most ubiquitous and familiar genre of modern cartography. Examining the historical relationship between travelers, navigation, and maps, this book considers the cartographic response to the new modalities of modern travel brought about by technological and institutional developments in the twentieth century. Highlighting the ways in which the travelers, operators, and planners of modern transportation systems value maps as both navigation tools and as representatives of a radical new mobility, it brings the cartography of travel—by road, sea, rail, and air—to the forefront, placing maps at the center of the history of travel and movement.

Keywords: maps; planning journeys; navigational sea charts; travelers; cartography; navigation; institutional developments; transportation systems; navigation tools; mobility

Book.  382 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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