Mapping an Empire

Mapping an Empire

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In this fascinating history of the British surveys of India, Matthew H. Edney relates how imperial Britain used modern survey techniques to not only create and define the spatial image of its Empire, but also to legitimate its colonialist activities. qThere is much to be praised in this book. It is an excellent history of how India came to be painted red in the nineteenth century. But more importantly, Mapping an Empire sets a new standard for books that examine a fundamental problem in the history of European€”D. Graham Burnett, Times Literary Supplement qMapping an Empire is undoubtedly a major contribution to the rapidly growing literature on science and empire, and a work which deserves to stimulate a great deal of fresh thinking and informed€”David Arnold, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History qThis case study offers broadly applicable insights into the relationship between ideology, technology and politics. . . . Carefully read, this is a tale of irony about wishful thinking and the limits of€”Publishers WeeklyMelvill to William Cabell [Board secretary], 10 Oct 1839, 12a€“3, IORE/2/16, 119a€“ 20, S5181. 43. ... the Newcastle Journal a€œput . . . a pack of nonsensical statements into my mouthaquot;; the Athenaeum IJournal of Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts] anbsp;...

Title:Mapping an Empire
Author:Matthew H. Edney
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2009-02-15


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