Mapping the Cold War by Timothy Barney audiobook

Mapping the Cold War: Cartography and the Framing of America’s International Power

By Timothy Barney
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Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781469618548
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In this fascinating history of Cold War cartography,Timothy Barney considers maps as central to the articulation of ideologicaltensions between American national interests and international aspirations.Barney argues that the borders, scales, projections, and other conventions ofmaps prescribed and constrained the means by which foreign policy elites,popular audiences, and social activists navigated conflicts between north and south,east and west. Maps also influenced how identities were formed in a world bothshrunk by advancing technologies and marked by expanding and shiftinggeopolitical alliances and fissures. Pointing to the necessity of how politicsand values were “spatialized” in recent US history, Barney argues that Cold War–eramaps themselves had rhetorical lives that began with their conception andproduction and played out in their circulation within foreign policy circlesand popular media. Reflecting on the ramifications of spatial powerduring the period, Mapping the Cold Warultimately demonstrates that even in the twenty-first century, American visionsof the world—and the maps that account for them—are inescapably rooted in theanxieties of that earlier era.

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In this fascinating history of Cold War cartography,Timothy Barney considers maps as central to the articulation of ideologicaltensions between American national interests and international aspirations.Barney argues that the borders, scales, projections, and other conventions ofmaps prescribed and constrained the means by which foreign policy elites,popular audiences, and social activists navigated conflicts between north and south,east and west. Maps also influenced how identities were formed in a world bothshrunk by advancing technologies and marked by expanding and shiftinggeopolitical alliances and fissures. Pointing to the necessity of how politicsand values were “spatialized” in recent US history, Barney argues that Cold War–eramaps themselves had rhetorical lives that began with their conception andproduction and played out in their circulation within foreign policy circlesand popular media.

Reflecting on the ramifications of spatial powerduring the period, Mapping the Cold Warultimately demonstrates that even in the twenty-first century, American visionsof the world—and the maps that account for them—are inescapably rooted in theanxieties of that earlier era.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Maps matter, and Cold War cartographies matter more than most. Barney has written an impressive overview of how American maps came to reflect US global expansion. His discussion of the ideology and the political visions of the world implicit in Cold War maps is original and enlightening.” O. A. Westad, coeditor of The Cambridge History of the Cold War
“This original and important contribution, the first substantial history of Cold War cartography, adds a geographical dimension to a period and a conflict crying out for such an approach.” Matthew Farish, University of Toronto
“Timothy Barney intelligently and sensitively interprets maps, the practices of mapping, and discourses about both, providing rich and nuanced readings of particular maps and making a compelling argument for the central place they held in the Cold War. His book captures masterfully that central paradox of the Cold War: it was at once a highly fluid and distinctly artificial geopolitical affair that managed to produce a remarkably resilient sense of a fixed, enduring, bipolar conflict.” Ned O’Gorman, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

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Author Bio: Timothy Barney

Author Bio: Timothy Barney

Timothy Barney is assistant professor of rhetoric and communication studies at the University of Richmond.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English