- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (December 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226740560
- ISBN-13: 978-0226740560
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New technologies adopted by Rand McNally, for instance, transformed cartography from an elite craft into a mass-market industry. Concerns of style and profit as well as cartographic accuracy governed the maps they produced. The historic growth of National Geographic, meanwhile, underscored a complicated relationship between knowledge and power. The journal first focused on the mundane work of surveyors and scientists, but soon became a vehicle to bring the exotic reaches of America's newly won territories home to the public. The growth of geography in American universities and public schools also reflected the nation's changing commitments abroad. After the Spanish-American War, educators refashioned geography into a coherent subject that mirrored America's newfound confidence in crossing and redrawing international borders. In these and many other ways, geography struggled to present and legitimate the nation and its goals.
Abundantly illustrated with maps and photographs, The Geographical Imagination in America is a searching and fascinating history of geography and cartography, and their place in popular culture, politics, and education.
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the development of American geographic ideas from 1880-1950. I enjoyed
some of the biographic information about some of the individuals involved in
the growth of American geographic imagination. The book shows how the
growth of gerography/maps influenced the American view of their country and the world. Thd book arrived on time
and in good condition. Charles
A highly recommended book for those interested in mental maps, metageographies, and popular geopolitics and imagined geographies. Very well illustrated and abundant references and end notes.