The Cartographic State: Maps, Territory, and the Origins of by Jordan Branch

By Jordan Branch

Why is today's international map packed with uniform states separated through linear limitations? the reply to this query is principal to our realizing of foreign politics, however the query is whilst even more complicated - and extra revealing - than we would first imagine. This e-book examines the real yet ignored function performed by means of cartography itself within the improvement of recent states. Drawing upon facts from the historical past of cartography, peace treaties and political practices, the ebook unearths that early smooth mapping dramatically altered key rules and practices between either rulers and matters, resulting in the implementation of linear barriers among states and centralized territorial rule inside of them. In his research of early smooth techniques within the construction, distribution and use of maps, department explains how the connection among mapping and the advance of recent territories shapes our realizing of foreign politics at the present 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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