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On maps and manoeuvres: the challenge of mapping Waterloo

White, K. (2016) On maps and manoeuvres: the challenge of mapping Waterloo. British Journal for Military History, 2 (3). pp. 62-77. ISSN 2057-0422

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Official URL: http://bjmh.org.uk/index.php/bjmh/article/view/116

Abstract/Summary

This paper looks at the historical inertia which builds once a description of a battle has been put on paper and how that leads to that description being accepted unquestioningly and passed down from historian to historian, unaltered, without ever being touched by original research. By using original documents, this article uses an example from possibly the best documented battle of all times: Waterloo. This example shows how difficult it is to replicate a battle in a map. It also shows how, in some circumstance, the published maps are misleading rather than informative.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:44452
Publisher:British Journal for Military History

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