This seminal study explores the national, imperial and indigenous interests at stake in a major survey expedition undertaken by the German Schlagintweit brothers, while in the employ of the East India Company, through South and Central Asia in the 1850s. It argues that German scientists, lacking in this period a formal empire of their own,… Read More Moritz von Brescius (2019): German Science in the Age of Empire: Enterprise, Opportunity and the Schlagintweit Brothers. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
This book discusses the influence of Friedrich Ratzel’s ideas in more contemporary geopolitical analytical systems and the geodeterminism commonly attributed to him. The author thoroughly analyzes the structural components of Ratzel’s thought. The research is inspired by the numerous contradictory approaches in the secondary literature, presenting Ratzel as both humanist and racist, geo-determinist and multidimensional… Read More Alexandros Stogiannos (2019): The Genesis of Geopolitics and Friedrich Ratzel. Dismissing the Myth of the Ratzelian Geodeterminism. Springer: Cham.
From a rare map of yellow fever in eighteenth-century New York to Charles Booth’s famous maps of poverty in nineteenth-century London, an Italian racial zoning map of early twentieth-century Asmara, and a map of wealth disparities in the banlieues of twenty-first-century Paris, Mapping Society traces the evolution of social cartography over the past two centuries.… Read More Laura Vaughan (2019): Mapping Society: The Spatial Dimensions of Social Cartography. UCL Press: London.
Over the past four decades, the volumes published in the landmark History of Cartography series have both chronicled and encouraged scholarship about maps and mapping practices across time and space. As the current director of the project that has produced these volumes, Matthew H. Edney has a unique vantage point for understanding what “cartography” has… Read More Matthew H. Edney (2019): Cartography. The Ideal and Its History. University of Chicago Press: Chicago.
What is the nature of place, and how does one undertake to write about it? To answer these questions, geographer and poet Tim Cresswell looks to Chicago’s iconic Maxwell Street Market area. Maxwell Street was for decades a place where people from all corners of the city mingled to buy and sell goods, play and… Read More Tim Cresswell (2019): Maxwell Street. Writing and Thinking Place. Chicago University Press: Chicago.