Our tools for dealing with terrestrial space are well-developed and becoming more refined and ubiquitous every day. GIS has long established its dominion, Google permits us to range over the world and down to our very rooftops, and cars and cell phones locate us in space at every moment. It is hardly surprising that geography and mapping suddenly seem important in new ways. Historians have always loved maps and have long felt a kinship with geographers. The very first atlases, compiled six hundred years ago, were historical atlases. But space and time remain uncomfortable—if ever-present and ever-active—companions in the human imagination. Maps, even in the newest technologies, grant us freedom to move in space by fixing a moment in time.
Copyright © 2011, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. This book chapter first appeared in GeoHumanities: Art, History, and Text at the Edge of Place edited by Dear, Michael, Jim Ketchum, Sarah Luria, and Doug Richardson, 215-226, New York: Routledge, 2011.
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Ayers, Edward L. "Mapping Time." In GeoHumanities: Art, History, and Text at the Edge of Place, by Dear, Michael, Jim Ketchum, Sarah Luria, and Doug Richardson, 215-226. New York: Routledge, 2011.
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