Time in Maps

From the Age of Discovery to Our Digital Era

Edited by Kären Wigen and Caroline Winterer

Time in Maps

Edited by Kären Wigen and Caroline Winterer

272 pages | 25 color plates, 80 maps | 8 1/4 x 10 | © 2020
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226718590 Will Publish November 2020
E-book $45.00 ISBN: 9780226718620 Will Publish November 2020
Maps organize us in space, but they also organize us in time. Looking around the world for the last five hundred years, Time in Maps shows that today’s digital maps are only the latest effort to insert a sense of time into the spatial medium of maps. Historians Kären Wigen and Caroline Winterer have assembled leading scholars to consider how maps from all over the world have depicted time in ingenious and provocative ways.

Focusing on maps created in Spanish America, Europe, the United States, and Asia, these essays take us from the Aztecs documenting the founding of Tenochtitlan, to early modern Japanese reconstructing nostalgic landscapes before Western encroachments, to nineteenth-century Americans grappling with the new concept of deep time. The book also features a defense of traditional paper maps by digital mapmaker William Rankin. With more than one hundred color maps and illustrations, Time in Maps will draw the attention of anyone interested in cartographic history.
Foreword by Abby Smith Rumsey

Introduction: Maps Tell Time
Caroline Winterer and Kären Wigen

Chapter 1: Mapping Time in the Twentieth (and Twenty-First) Century
William Rankin

Part I: Pacific Asia

Chapter 2: Orienting the Past in Early Modern Japan
Kären Wigen

Chapter 3: Jesuit Maps in China and Korea: Connecting the Past to the Present
Richard A. Pegg

Part II: The Atlantic World

Chapter 4: History in Maps from the Aztec Empire
Barbara E. Mundy

Chapter 5: Lifting the Veil of Time: Maps, Metaphor, and Antiquarianism in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Veronica Della Dora

Chapter 6: A Map of Language
Daniel Rosenberg

Part III: The United States

Chapter 7: The First American Maps of Deep Time
Caroline Winterer

Chapter 8: How Place Became Process: The Origins of Time Mapping in the United States
Susan Schulten

Chapter 9: Time, Travel, and Mapping the Landscapes of War
James R. Akerman
List of Contributors
Review Quotes
Richard White, Stanford University
“As wide-ranging, imaginative, and revealing as the maps they discuss, these essays follow the trace laid down by the editors and William Rankin’s magisterial opening essay.  They track how maps—interpreted broadly—convey time as well as space. GIS, they contend, has not rendered old paper maps obsolete as much as revealed their wonders—their dynamism, their depth, their metaphors, their techniques, and their connections to not only a physical world but to other intellectual endeavors. They convey the magic not only of maps but of scholarship.”
Anne Kelly Knowles, University of Maine
“What a relief to move beyond the worn dichotomy between maps and timelines, geography and history! Time in Maps shows definitively that maps brim with temporal references, both overt and subtle. They represent moments that range from one protest march to centuries of slavery, or a year’s erosion along Cape Cod to the deep time of geological eons. Cartographers’ visual strategies include encodings of time as much as symbolic representations of objects in space. Contrary to popular opinion, printed maps are anything but ‘static’ once one learns to recognize how they in fact hold time in the embrace of space. Time in Maps is a wonderful book, and one that is long overdue.”
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