The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik

By Mark Obmascik

Each January 1, a unusual crowd storms out throughout North the USA for a spectacularly aggressive occasion referred to as an immense Year—a grand, pricey, and sometimes vicious 365-day marathon of birdwatching. for 3 males specifically, 1998 could develop into a grueling conflict for a brand new North American birding checklist. Bouncing from coast to coast on frenetic pilgrimages for once-in-a-lifetime rarities, they courageous broiling deserts, bug-infested swamps, and a few of the lumpiest inn mattresses identified to guy. This unheard of 12 months of beat-the-clock adventures finally leads one guy to a checklist so massive that it truly is not going ever to be bested. the following, prizewinning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a blinding, enjoyable narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of those 3 obsessives as they try to win the greatest— or perhaps worst—birding contest of all time.

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5 Harley and Woodward 1987a: xvi. See Wood 2010 for an opposing view, that maps should be defined more narrowly. I follow the former definition because spatial representations from a variety of historical and cultural settings (whether we want to call them maps or not) can be linked to political and spatial practices. 3 38 The Cartographic State Theorizing mapping and space Maps not only provide the means for gathering and displaying information about the world; maps also shape how actors understand the world they inhabit.

Composite states such as France or Spain coexisted with a broad range Osiander 2001b: 251. See Chapter 6 for evidence of this timing from peace treaties. 51 Sahlins 1989. 52 Bergin 2001; Black 1999; Gustafsson 1998; Munck 1990; Nexon 2009; Te Brake 1998: 198. 49 50 Authority, sovereignty, and international change 31 of other political forms, such as those that persisted within the Holy Roman Empire, including electorates, free cities, and secular and ecclesiastical principalities. ”53 International politics, in short, remained anything but an anarchical order among formally equal, sovereign states.

The states that emerged in the post-Napoleonic period were transformed from their composite and weakly centralized precursors: rulers now wiped clean the remaining medieval complexities and overlapping claims in favor of exclusive territorial rule over clearly delineated states. 61 Though the terminology has changed, the management of the international system by the most powerful actors has remained a constant feature of the state system since 1815. The homogeneously territorial definition of the modern state has not been without exceptions, but those exceptions remain defined by the framework provided by the territorially exclusive ideal of statehood.

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