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The Cartographic CapitalMapping Third Republic Paris$
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Kory Olson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940964

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940964.001.0001

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Working with Maps

Working with Maps

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(p.20) Chapter 1 Working with Maps
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The Cartographic Capital
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Kory Olson

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786940964.003.0002

In order to understand fully the proposed communication circuit between map maker and map reader, one may turn to a variety of tools, such as semiotics, the framework for my map image analysis. The investigation of colour, shapes, symbols, and text on maps of Third-Republic Paris help uncover underlying themes of modernity, stability, ease of movement, and growth. There are also benefits to be gained from working with maps. The visual nature of the medium has the potential to draw a reader’s eye much more effectively than pages and pages of black and white script. Beyond discourse, this chapter also investigates the changing role of the French state in the history of cartography. With a population that could more readily access and understand maps as the Third Republic progressed, cartography helped foster the growing field of French urbanism and planning. Furthermore, the government shifted from presenting what it had accomplished in Paris throughout the Third Republic to planning and managing its growth and state cartography needed to adapt. An investigation of historic cartographic colour printing techniques will show how this is done and support this book’s map analysis.

Keywords:   Cartographic discourse, Semiotics, Maps, Paris, Printing Technology

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