Cartography from Colony to Nation
"Excellent scholarship permeates every chapter of Decolonizing the Map. The essays collected here by Akerman are subtle, tightly argued, and carefully crafted; the standard of analysis and exposition is uniformly high. This fascinating volume will be widely read and enthusiastically received by a readership spanning political history, historical geography, and, of course, the history of cartography."-- "Michael Heffernan, University of Nottingham" "Decolonizing the Map examines how maps were used before and after independence movements to establish new nations that emerged in the lengthy decolonization process. In different contexts, the contributors reveal not only how maps served as a basis for the construction of those nations but also how they were reflections of those recently emerged entities, condensing all the characteristics and contradictions of each process. This book is a pioneering intellectual enterprise--a highly recommended and welcome contribution to the field."-- "Junia Ferreira Furtado, Federal University of Minas Gerais" "This book contains an outstanding collection of chapters on diverse cases and issues connecting mapping with colonialism, decolonization, and postcolonial statehood. It represents a great example of how an edited volume can simultaneously contribute to broad thematic questions and to narrower topics. In fact, each chapter would serve well as an overview text on its specific area, and many of them represent fundamental empirical contributions in their own right." -- "New Global Studies"
James R. Akerman is director of the Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and editor of Cartographies of Travel and Navigation and coeditor of Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, both published by the University of Chicago Press.