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History, Cartography, and Theory


  • Keith Basso, Wisdom Sits in Places
  • Stephen Kern, The Culture of Time and Space
  • Hugh Raffles, In Amazonia: A Natural History
  • Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson, eds., Culture, Power, Place [intro and first chapter, plus Malkii’s chapter]
  • Peter Sahlins, Boundaries: The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989)
  • Philip Corrigan and Derek Sayer, The Great Arch
  • Arturo Escobar, “Culture Sits in Places,” Political Geography 20
  • Michael Watts, “Collective Wish Images:  Geographical Imaginaries and the Crisis of Development,” in J. Allen and D. Massey, eds., Human Geography Today
  • Noel Castree, “Differential Geographies:  Place, Indigenous Rights and ‘Local’ Resources,” Political Geography 23
  • Joel Wainwright and Joe Bryan, “Cartography, territory, property: postcolonial reflections on indigenous counter-mapping in Nicaragua and Belize,” Cultural Geographies 16: 2 (April 2009)

Theoretical geographies

  • Doreen Massey, For Space
  • Yi-Fu Tuan, Space and Place
  • Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space
  • Neil Smith, Uneven Development:  Nature, Capital and the Production of Space
  • Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish
  • Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life
  • James C. Scott, Seeing Like a State
  • James C. Scott, The Art of Not Being Governed
  • Raymond Williams, The Country and the City
  • Patrick Wolfe, “History and Imperialism: A Century of Theory, from Marx to Postcolonialism,” American Historical Review 102: 2 (April 1997), 388-420
  • Edward Said, Orientalism
  • Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism
  • Thomas Richards, The Imperial Archive
  • Epeli Hau’ofa, “Our sea of islands”
  • Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff, “Theory from the South: Or, how Euro-America is evolving toward Africa,” Anthropological Forum 22:2 (July 2012)
  • Adam Smith.  The Political Landscape:  Constellations of Authority in Early Complex Polities.  Introduction and Ch. 1
  • Christian Jacob, The Sovereign Map:  Theoretical Approaches in Cartography throughout History
  • Geoff King, Mapping Reality:  An Exploration of Cultural Cartographies
  • Denis Cosgrove:  Geography and Vision:  Seeing, Imagining, and Representing the World
  • Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities

Exploration, travel, survey

  • Greg Dening, Islands and Beaches
  • Paul Carter, The Road to Botany Bay
  • Barbara Belyea, “Inland Journeys, Native Maps” Cartographica 1996
  • D. Graham Burnett, Masters of All They Surveyed
  • Brian Friel, Translations
  • Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation
  • Denis Cosgrove, “Prospect, Perspective and the Evolution of the Landscape Idea”
  • Vitoria di Palma, Wasteland:  A History
  • Ian Ousby, The Englishman’s England


  • Sumathi Ramaswamy, “Maps and Mother Goddesses in Modern India,” Imago Mundi 53 (2001), 97-114
  • Jeremy Black, Maps and History
  • Laura Hostetler, “Contending Cartographic Claims? The Qing Empire in Manchu, Chinese and European Maps,” in James R. Akerman, ed., The Imperial Map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009), 93-132
  • Neil Safier, “The Confines of the Colony: Boundaries, Ethnographic Landscapes, and Imperial Cartography in Iberoamerica,” in Akerman, The Imperial Map, 133-184
  • Barbara Mundy, The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geográficas 
  • Daniel Smail, Imaginary Cartographies
  • J.B. Harley, “Deconstructing the Map”
  • Raymond Craib, Cartographic Mexico
  • Matthew Edney, Mapping an Empire
  • Denis Wood, The Power of Maps
  • Thongchai Winichakul, Siam Mapped
  • Nancy Peluso, “Whose woods are these?” Antipode
  • Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory
  • Hugh Brody, Maps and Dreams
  • Jerry Brotton, Trading Terrritories:  Mapping the Early Modern World
  • Batchelor, Robert,  London:  The Selden Map and the Making of a Global City, 1549-1689