Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

I began this book by redefining my geographic boundaries to include Maastricht. My dissertation advisers, Sally Wyatt and Bas van Heur, were incredibly supportive from the start, and I am infinitely thankful for their critical guidance and friendship. They were joined by my former colleagues...

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A Note on Translation

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pp. xiii-xiv

All translations are my own, except where indicated. When transliterating Arabic and Hebrew terms, I used accepted English spellings for proper nouns, geographic features, titles of textual sources, and common words, in cases where they exist. I omit diacritics for the purpose of readability, given...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xv-xvi

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1. Where Cartographies Collide

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pp. 1-34

“We don’t use maps in Palestine,” a colleague told me soon after my return to the region in 2011 to conduct the fieldwork that would lead to this book. “It’s a small country. We know where we’re going.” He was mostly joking, but it was a refrain that I was to hear many times during interviews. Maps...

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2. The Materiality of Theory

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pp. 35-80

Maps have long been an intrinsic part of political and military struggles. Some of the earliest topographic maps of historic Palestine were produced by Pierre Jacotin, a senior officer in Napoléon’s army, who followed the general’s trail of battlefields during his failed invasion of the region...

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3. Removing Borders, Erasing Palestinians: Israeli Population Maps after 1967

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pp. 81-112

The quotations above serve to illustrate the intimate ties between population control and the development of statistical cartography. They date from the beginning of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967. The population census described in the second quote began only a...

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4. The Colonizer in the Computer: Stasis and International Control in PA Maps

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pp. 113-154

Political struggles in Palestine and Israel have long been thoroughly international. 1 The founding of Israel and war that followed took place in concert with the end of British colonialism in 1948. Yet British rule was legitimated not only through military conquest but also by a mandate from...

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5. Validating Segregated Observers: Mapping West Bank Settlements from Without and Within

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pp. 155-204

Scientific objectivity is built on the idea that two people in the same place, at the same time, can make similar observations. For science to work, it is necessary to believe that two people with similar training will be able to see the same thing (Daston and Galison 2007). This expectation has filtered...

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6. The Geographic Production of Knowledge

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pp. 205-224

In the above excerpt from his book-length poem Halat Hisar [State of Siege], Mahmoud Darwish (2002, 73) references the connection between Orientalism, a regime built on geographic and cultural discrimination, and a belief that as a Palestinian, he might lack technological skills.1 He poses the question...

Notes

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pp. 225-246

References

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pp. 247-292

Index

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pp. 293-316

Inside Technology

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pp. 317-320

Color Plates

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