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Title: The Cartographic Reality of Space - Territory, Globalisation & International Relations
Author: Strandsbjerg, Jeppe
ISNI:       0000 0001 1883 6795
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2008
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International Relations theory in general, and the globalisation debate in particular, operate with a conception ofspace that contains a number ofproblematic distinctions. Global space and the territorial space of the state are often considered as opposites. Furthermore, the concept of space is predominantly contained within a subject/object distinction which obscures the way in which territory and global space are both 'nature' and 'culture'. In .contrast, this thesis suggests that modem political space is best understood as being based on a cartographic reality established from the 15th to the 17th century. During this period European cartography underwent a transformation establishing a reality of space that conditioned the possibility of developing centralised sovereign territorial states within a unified global framework. This so-calIed modem cartography produced space as an autonomous sphere based on abstract mathematical principles. Through the agency of cartography, space was produced in such a manner that made large scale coordination in, and organisation of, space possible. EmpiricalIy, it is shown how the territorial space of a sovereign state, Denmark, developed in tandem with a coherent global space through a study· of cartographic practice in Europe from 1450-1650. This analysis leads to the conclusion that the notion of globalisation rests on the same spatial reality as that of the state and caution should, therefore, be shown when positing globalisation as a chalIenge to the territorial state system.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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