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Mapping an empire : the geographical construction of British India, 1765-1843

Author: Matthew H Edney
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From James Rennell's survey of Bengal (1765-71) to George Everest's retirement in 1843 as surveyor general of India, geography served in the front lines of the British East India Company's territorial and intellectual conquest of South Asia. In this history of the British surveys of India, focusing especially on the Great Trigonometrical Survey (GTS) undertaken by the Company, Matthew H. Edney relates how imperial
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew H Edney
ISBN: 0226184870 9780226184876 0226184889 9780226184883
OCLC Number: 36001212
Description: xv, 458 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Note on East India Company Coinage --
Places Mentioned in the Text: Southern India and Northern India --
Chronology of Events and the Expansion of the East India Company --
Ch. 1. The Ideologies and Practices of Mapping and Imperialism --
Ch. 2. Observation and Representation --
Ch. 3. Surveying and Mapmaking --
Ch. 4. Structural Constraints of the East India Company's Administration --
Ch. 5. Cartographic Anarchy and System in Madras, 1790-1810 --
Ch. 6. Institutions for Mapping All of British India, 1814-23 --
Ch. 7. Triangulation, the Cartographic Panacea, 1825-32 --
Ch. 8. The Final Compromise: Triangulation and Archive, 1831-43 --
Ch. 9. Scientific Practice: Incorporating the Rationality of Empire --
Ch. 10. Cartographic Practice: Inscribing an Imperial Space.
Responsibility: Matthew H. Edney.
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