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This year marks the 230th anniversary of the start of the French Revolution. Over the course of a ten-year period, revolutionary France experimented with new political visions such as constitutional monarchy, republicanism, representative politics and semi-democratic elections. Dr. Katlyn Carter, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan will talk to us about how the French Revolution pervades contemporary political life as well as on her book manuscript, the use of secrecy vs. the ideal of transparency and the craft of the historian.
Think about how you learned history in school. Did people or things tend to just teleport from one content to another without any explanation of how they got there, or why they departed or arrived by that route, or what the voyage meant to them? Certainly not all histories neglect the sea, but enough do that to make an effort to reorient the way you think about aquatic spaces can radically alter how you analyze a historic place or process that you thought you understood.
What, precisely, is a map? And, more important, what work do maps do?