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Dislocating the Orient : British maps and the making of the Middle East, 1854-1921

Author: Daniel Foliard
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
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While the twentieth century's conflicting visions and exploitation of the Middle East are well documented, the origins of the concept of the Middle East itself have been largely ignored. With 'Dislocating the Orient', Daniel Foliard tells the story of how the land was brought into being, exploring how maps, knowledge, and blind ignorance all participated in the construction of this imagined region. Foliard vividly  Read more...
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History
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Foliard, Daniel.
Dislocating the Orient : British Maps and the Making of the Middle East, 1854-1921.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Foliard
ISBN: 9780226451473 022645147X
OCLC Number: 980875167
Description: 1 online resource (pages) : maps
Contents: Introduction --
From Sebastopol to Suez (1854 --
1869) --
The mid-Victorian perspective: a fragmented East --
Labeling the East --
Maps for the masses? --
A shifting East in the age of high imperialism (1870 --
1895) --
Oriental designs --
Virtual travel in the age of high imperialism --
The fabric of the Middle East (1895 --
1921) --
Seeing red? --
Enter Middle East --
Falling into places --
General conclusion.
Responsibility: Daniel Foliard.

Abstract:

While the twentieth century's conflicting visions and exploitation of the Middle East are well documented, the origins of the concept of the Middle East itself have been largely ignored. With 'Dislocating the Orient', Daniel Foliard tells the story of how the land was brought into being, exploring how maps, knowledge, and blind ignorance all participated in the construction of this imagined region. Foliard vividly illustrates how the British first defined the Middle East as a geopolitical and cartographic region in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through their imperial maps. Until then, the region had never been clearly distinguished from "the East" or "the Orient." In the course of their colonial activities, however, the British began to conceive of the Middle East as a separate and distinct part of the world, with consequences that continue to be felt today. As they reimagined boundaries, the British produced, disputed, and finally dramatically transformed the geography of the area both culturally and physically - over the course of their colonial era. Using a wide variety of primary texts and historical maps to show how the idea of the Middle East came into being, 'Dislocating the Orient' will interest historians of the Middle East, the British empire, cultural geography, and cartography.

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