The history of cartography: Nineteenth century maps of Portsmouth

Bamford, Daniel (2006) The history of cartography: Nineteenth century maps of Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Extensive research and a subsequent literature review concluded that there are no studies devoted to the analysis of maps of Portsmouth, together with no previous work dedicated to Nineteenth Century maps of the area. This shortfall of material led to a study that attempts to outline the problem and try to fill the void. Not only does this study look at maps from an era not previously analysed, but also uses guidelines proposed by the cartographer Brian Harley to analyse the map as an artefact, not as a simple historical document. In papers written shortly before his death in 1991 Harley stated that there should be an epistemological shift in the way histories of cartography are conducted, but no studies have wholly heeded to his suggestion, so this study attempts to re-ignite his pronouncement for change. By using Harley's post-modern theories the study furthermore identifies the historical and social contexts of the map, and if each map has a subconscious element. The maps being analysed are organised in a plate section, and as a result this study can also be used as a map reference list, something numerous previous histories of cartography have simply been. As it is the first study of its kind there remains anticipation that it can encourage additional studies on the social and historic context of maps.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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