The Cartographic History of Afghanistan: The Early Modern and Colonial Periods
In this lecture, Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison University) will discuss the complexity, innovation, redundancy, and contradictions in the cartographic history of modern maps of Afghanistan. The lecture will focus specifically on 18th and 19th century mapping projects that emanated from British India.
Discussion will also include twentieth-century maps produced by the Government of Afghanistan in the broader context of postcolonial South Asia and the global Cold War. Dr. Hanifi’s lecture will draw upon the rich collection of maps of Afghanistan held in the Library’s Geography and Maps Division.
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Washington, DC 20540
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