2004
Volume 130, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163

Abstract

Abstract

At the end of the sixteenth century the development of printing technology sparked a knowledge revolution featuring an unprecedented distribution and integration of texts, images, and maps. Thorough research into these texts and maps, generally disregarded as inferior, can reveal surprising and relevant historical knowledge. Using , an engraved ‘history map’ depicting the Northern part of Flanders with the sieges of Sluis and Ostend in 1604, this article dismisses the apparent naivety of this kind of document and shows the complex relations between their topographical, narrative, scientific, entertaining, educational, mobilizing, and aesthetical perspectives and messages. It advocates use of a proper tool box and an iterative process of deconstruction which can help overcome the historian’s apprehension when analysing old maps and images and can stimulate further research into these still undervalued sources.

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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): cartography; deconstruction; Eighty Years’ War; Flanders; history maps; Hogenberg; prints
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