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The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity / Edition 1

The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity / Edition 1

by Martin Brückner


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807856727
Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/27/2006
Series: Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press
Edition description: 1
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Martin Bruckner is associate professor of English at the University of Delaware.

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[The Geographic Revolution in Early America] is a well-written, engaging discussion of the intersections of geography, ideology, and nation-building in early America. . . . Bruckner makes an important contribution to the history of geography and reminds us of the importance of geography for the creation of the nation of the United States of America.—Isis

Martin Bruckner maps the significance of geographical literacy and the circulation of geography books in the consolidation of American identities. The Geographic Revolution in Early America charts the complicated symbolics of a new nation attempting to move out of its colonial status and into independent nationhood. This is a groundbreaking study of the intertwined relationships between commodity capitalism and the environment, literacy and ideology.—Cathy N. Davidson, Duke University

Convinces the reader of the importance of geography in establishing the mindset that led to continental expansion. . . . Carries conviction.—Journal of Southern History

A book that contributes very positively to moving the study of maps, mapping and geography beyond the simple antinomies inherent in the study of mapping as a form of oppression.—American Historical Review

A fascinating study of geographic knowledge and representation in early America.—Journal of the Early Republic

Martin Bruckner's wide-ranging study offers a vibrant interdisciplinary account of the contribution of geographical literacy to the development of an Anglo-American cultural identity. From the perspectival revolution entailed in the growth of land surveying in colonial America to an examination of Lewis and Clark's discovery of the limits of geographical literacy, this book compellingly shows how it was not the land, but its increasingly diversified representations that shaped the enterprise of national self-expression, consolidation, and imperial expansion.—Nancy Ruttenburg, New York University

Engagingly written and well illustrated, and adds further insight to that range of work on the power of geography, in its various sites, practices, and languages, as a means to national identity. It deserves to be widely read.—Professional Geographer

Well produced. . . . A fine book that makes an important case for the role of geographic literacy in the creation of national identity.—Winterthur Portfolio

A cross-disciplinary tour-de-force. Timely, imaginative, and well-written, it brings the map back into our understanding of early American literature, print culture, and national identity, and pushes us to remap all three. I'll never look at a plat—or a plot—the same way again.—David Waldstreicher, Temple University

Bruckner not only presents new materials, but suggests how people came to read them. One could scarcely ask more from a work of cultural criticism.—Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment


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