Developments in French cartography in the eighteenth century produced an image of the country whic

Developments in French cartography in the eighteenth century produced an image of the country whic

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Developments in French cartography in the eighteenth century produced an image of the country which was more integrated and centralized than was the reality at the time. These innovations in map-making contributed to efforts to re-order the nation's political structure during the Revolution. The upheavals at that time affected the status of Paris as the urban focus of the nation state. Just as cartography had been related to efforts to eliminate spatial and institutional frictions in the country as a whole, it was also used to create a more unified spatial order within Paris itself. French cartography was thus intimately bound up with the political evolution of France from the eighteenth century, and in particular with the changing structure of the French urban system.
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Unformatted text preview: This flair is exhibited in scores of familiar monuments and landmarks but equally and more poignantly in a thousand simple moments: the bicyclist weaving down a cobbled side street; the day's baguette (a long, thin loaf of bread) tucked under the arm; the languor of patrons rustling newspapers at a sidewalk cafe; the clipped steps of confident, well-dressed men and women; toy sailboats rippling the waters of the basin in the Tuileries Gardens. Paris is approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Le Havre and the English Channel to the north and about 425 miles (684 kilometers) from Marseilles and the Mediterranean Sea to the south,...
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