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This small, incomplete bibliography of references related to digital maps is far from exhaustive and aims only to provide an indication of topics in the field with examples and resources. To aid browsing, each reference is tagged with at least one of these keywords: exemplar, source, theory, technology and tool. Stanford University's A Spatial History Annotated Bibliography also provides a good selection of print references.

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Home > Bibliography > Bibliography: The Road to Botany Bay: An Exploration of Landscape and History

"But as we have seen, historically speaking, the country did not precede the traveller: it was the offspring of his intention. His distinctive way of viewing the world did not develop under the impress of external circumstances alone. The country did not teach him how to read." p349-0

"It is here, in recognizing the intentional nature of historical activity, that the possibility of <em>writing</em> an aboriginal spatial history emerges. A cross-cultural history, as Muecke shows us, has to be, in some sense, dialectical: it has to see what aboriginal perceptions have to tell us about the limitations of white history. But, after the critical dismantling, there has to be something more: a restoration of meaning, a process which cannot avoid being interpretive and imaginative." p349-0

"An aboriginal history of space would, then, be a symbolic history. It would not be an anthropologist's account of the Aborigines' beliefs. Nor would it be a history of frontiers and massacres. Rather than seek a newly ingenious means to translate the otherness of their experience into empirical terms, it might take the form of a meditation on the absent other of our own history. It might begin in the recognition of the suppressed spatiality of our own historical consciousness. It would not be a question of comparing and contrasting the <em>content</em> of our spatial experience, but of recognizing its form and its historically constitutive role. A history of space which revealed the everyday world in which we live as the continuous intentional re-enactment of our spatial history might say not a word about 'The Aborigines'. But, by recovering the intentional nature of our grasp on the world, it might evoke their historical experience without appropriating it to white ends." p350-0

"Hence, imperial history's <em>defensive</em> appeal to the logic of cause and effect: by its nature, such a logic demonstrates the emergence of order from chaos." pxvi p0-0

"What is evoked here are the spatial forms and fantasies through which a culture declares it's presence. It is spatiality as a form of non-linear writing; as a form of history. The cultural space <em>has</em> such a history is evident from the historical documents themselves. For the literature of spatial history - the letters home, the explorers' journals, the unfinished maps - are written traces which, but for their spatial occasion, would not have come into being. They are not like novels: their narratives do not conform to the rules of cause-and-effect empirical history. Rather, they are analogous to unfinished maps and should be read accordingly as records of travelling." pxxii p0-0

"<p>Quite the contrary, it is their open-endedness, their lack of finish, even their search for words, which is characteristic: for it is here, where forms and conventions break down, that we can discern the process of transforming space into place, the <em>intentional</em> world of the texts, wherein lies their unrepeatibility and their enduring, if hitherto ignored, historical significance. </p><p> Such spatial history - history that discovers and explores the lacuna left by imperial history - begins and ends in language. It is this which makes it history rather than, say, geography. If it does <em>imitate</em> the world of the traveller it is in a different sense. For, like the traveller whose gaze is oriented and limited, it makes not claim to authoritative completeness. It is, must be, like a journey, exploratory.</p>" pxxiii p0-0

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