"Le changement climatique dans les cartes de la Route de la Soie"

Translated title of the contribution: "Climate Change in the Silk Road Maps"

Philippe Forêt

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In its review of a forgotten chapter in the history of the climate sciences during the
first half of the 20th century, this article combines two topics: the environmental
history of Inner Asia as a research issue for scholarly Europe, and the assessment
of theories and data on climate change. Sven Hedin’s writings and the archives
and maps of the Sino-Swedish expedition to Western China are the main sources
of information. Drafted from data collected in Asia but conceived for European
readers, the topographical maps of the Silk Road reveal the contemporary policies
and processes of knowledge, identify the local agents of history, and bring out the
constraints of a professional identity in the making.
Translated title of the contribution"Climate Change in the Silk Road Maps"
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)401
Number of pages426
JournalAnnales de Geographie
Issue number722
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • History of cartography
  • History of geography
  • Climate change
  • Scientific practices
  • Fieldwork studies
  • Chinese Central Asia (Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang)
  • Sino-Swedish Expedition (1927-1935)
  • Silk Road studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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