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Republics of KnowledgeNations of the Future in Latin America$
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Nicola Miller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691176758

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691176758.001.0001

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Knowledge Brokers

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How Drawing Teachers made Nations Possible

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Republics of Knowledge

Nicola Miller

Princeton University Press

This chapter recounts the nineteenth century as a century of engineers and the age of those who could draw. It emphasizes how drawing was crucial to so many areas of nation-building, such as in the surveying of land and sea, cartography, natural history and science, and the dissemination of all kinds of information like images of national heroes and impressions of war. It also discusses how drawing shaped the forms of national imaginings by sketching out the people, the streets and buildings, the landscape, and the flora and fauna of the various regions of the territory. The chapter highlights the art of the miniature, which began to flourish in the 1820s. It mentions the photography that came early to Latin America and played a part in stimulating national consciousness from the 1840s onwards.

Keywords:   nation-building, drawing, national imaginings, photography, Latin America, cartography, nineteenth century, miniatures

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