By Denis Cosgrove
"Earthbound people are not able to include greater than a tiny a part of the planetary floor. yet of their mind's eye they could snatch the complete of the earth, as a floor or an outstanding physique, to find it inside of infinities of area and to speak and proportion pictures of it."―from the Preface
lengthy sooner than we had the facility to photo the earth from space―to see our planet because it will be noticeable via the Greek god Apollo―images of the earth as a globe had captured renowned mind's eye. In Apollo's Eye, geographer Denis Cosgrove examines the historic implications for the West of conceiving and representing the earth as a globe: a unified, round physique. Cosgrove lines how rules of globalism and globalization have shifted traditionally relating to altering photos of the earth, from antiquity to the distance Age. He connects the evolving picture of a unified globe to politically strong conceptions of human unity.
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Life beyond the oikoumene must by deﬁnition be nonhuman and Other. The current belief that diﬀerences in language, customs, belief, or skin color are less signiﬁcant than shared human characteristics, with consequential implications for moral status and rights, has a long and complex history. ⁵⁵ Pressures to extend “human” rights to other life forms, advances in genetic manipulation, replacement surgery, and in vitro fertilization all demonstrate the continued mutability of such boundaries.
Pastoral scenes of dancing, hunting, and shepherding are succeeded by landscapes of the Mediterranean agrarian year showing plowing, reaping, and gathering of the vintage. Two cities are described, at peace and at war, completing the universal social evolution, while at the edges of continental space . . , Hesiod and Homer mark the origins of the Greco- oman poetic tradition. ) used a structurally similar cosmogony to narrate global order. 31 32 APOLLO’S EYE Before there was any earth or sea, before the canopy of heaven stretched overhead, Nature presented the same aspect the world over, that to which Man have given the name of Chaos.
The process has deep roots in Western imperial history, pioneered in modern form by “global” trading bodies such as the Dutch East India IMPERIAL AND POETIC GLOBE Company or the Hudson’s Bay Company. Socially, it is increasingly meaningful to speak of a global division of labor, global production, global marketing and consumption of goods and information, and to contrast these with life processes that remain localized in time and space. Political phenomena such as “world” wars (“hot” or “cold”), international religious, humanitarian and nongovernmental agencies, superpowers with global diplomatic and military reach, and even the international agreement to remove Antarctica from competing territorial claims render the term globalization geopolitically as well as economically meaningful.
Apollo's Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination by Denis Cosgrove