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Dislocating the Orient


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Daniel Foliard is a lecturer at Paris Ouest University.


"Foliard's book is a highly significant contribution to the growing literature on cartography and empire. Not the least of the projects of European imperialism was the mapping of the globe. Far from being an objective exercise, this mapping was bound by ideological and cultural, military, and ethnic considerations. Nowhere was this truer than in the region which came to be known as the Middle East. The importance of Dislocating the Orient lies both in the light it sheds on the construction of the Middle East, underpinning the politics and tensions of today, and on the applicability of its ideas to other imperial zones in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries."--John M. MacKenzie, Lancaster University
"Dislocating the Orient is a richly illustrated, wide-ranging, and thought-provoking enquiry into the intellectual and cartographic origins of the 'Near East' in a period when the region was of great religious and cultural interest and of enormous strategic importance. Foliard's focus is maps and mapping--but this book offers so much more. It explores the construction of the 'Near East' in nineteenth-century public minds, and in school and university education, in Britain, France, Germany, and Russia, and within the region itself. It illuminates the connections between exploration and espionage and the institutional apparatus of empire. From Victorian atlases and scriptural geographies to the implications of the 1919 Versailles agreement, Foliard traces the fashioning and representation of a region key to the making of the modern world with erudition and lan."--Charles W. J. Withers, University of Edinburgh

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