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Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America Hardcover – July 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (July 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226740684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226740683
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this innovative book Susan Schulten makes a compelling case for maps as both symbolic and material representations of change in the ways Americans viewed their nation, its past, and its potential for development. In conjunction with its companion website (www.mappingthenation.com), Schulten's book reveals the power of maps to shape history, policy, and national identity."
(Journal of Southern History)

"Susan Schulten’s Mapping the Nation is physically attractive, based on sound scholarly work yet accessibly written, and effectively supplemented by a user-friendly website offering a good selection of high-resolution images of historical maps and charts."
(H-Net Reviews)

"Mapping the Nation is essential reading."
(Terrae Incognitae)

“Susan Schulten has produced an impressive synthesis of some of the most important developments in nineteenth-century American cartography, tracing the ways that maps became tools of social organization, governance, and economics. Engaging and informative, Mapping the Nation is a novel and persuasive look at American history, visually and cartographically.”



 

(Mark Monmonier Syracuse University)

“In a work of deep scholarship and insight, Susan Schulten traces the origins of a now-ubiquitous presence in American life: maps with a story to tell. Schulten uncovers not only a fascinating panorama of maps but also a colorful array of characters who taught America to see itself in new ways. Read this book and maps will never look the same.”



 

(Edward Ayers University of Richmond)

“In this important study of the way in which nineteenth-century Americans represented their social and natural worlds, Susan Schulten illuminates how weather, disease, slavery, and the aggregate reality of the census could all be represented in visual and spatial terms. This is an important contribution not only to America’s cultural and disciplinary history, but to the history of government and our shared sense of history itself.”
(Charles Rosenberg Harvard University)

About the Author

Susan Schulten is professor of history at the University of Denver. In 2010 she was named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

 


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Koch on August 21, 2012
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Susan Schulton's first-rate Mapping the Nation tells the tale of the growth of both geographical education and mapping in America, especially the nineteenth century. In doing so she gives a history of the growth of educational and other bureaucracies that saw mapping as a critical medium for nation formation, politically and socially. One of the real virtues of the book is the attention paid to the various governmental agencies for which mapping was a critical medium for the analysis and presentation of data necessary to two critical areas of statehood: health and war. Time and again we see the map as a medium critical to the analysis of patterns of health and disease across the expanding geography of the United States. And, too, the relation between mapping and the issues surrounding the Civil War and the planning of the war itself.
Theoretical cartographers will blanche at her use of "thematic mapping" as an organizing concept (after all...all maps have "themes"). And, too, its geocentric history pays, I think, insufficient attention to the degree to which nineteenth century mapping was an outgrowth of European bureaucratic, cartographic, and scientific advances. but quibbles aside, this focused history of mapping as an instrument of nationhood in war and peace is pretty much unique. There is nothing else like it.
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By charles on November 21, 2013
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Mapping the Nation is a history of cartography in 19th century America that
shows how maps were used as tools to deal with the economic, social, and political
issues in America. Dr. Schulten unique presentation of the development of maps
and cartography show how cartography was used to enlarge Americans social, political and scientific views of themselves. The book includes pictures of the maps written about in the book. I have a interest in cartography and geography and
this book is informative to me. I have added the book to my cartography collection.
Charles
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By Patrick J Maloney on December 22, 2012
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Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

First class description of the beginning of female education in the US and an excellent discussion of the early History of cartography in the US and its political use.
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By bronx guy on December 17, 2012
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If you are interested inn cartography, this book is for you. She has a masterly grasp of her subject. I strongly recommend this book.
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This should not have been placed in the e-book category. You really need to be looking at the maps as you read. It would have helped to have broken up the chapters. I usually find no reason that this could not be done and find that it helps in organization of the information.
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