Unruly places : lost spaces, secret cities, and other inscrutable geographies
At a time when Google Maps Street View can take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite's remotest trails and cell phones double as navigational systems, it's hard to imagine there's any uncharted ground left on the planet. In Unruly Places , Alastair Bonnett goes to some of the most unexpected, offbeat places in the world to reinspire our geographical imagination.
Bonnett's remarkable tour includes moving villages, secret cities, no man's lands, and floating islands. He explores places as disorienting as Sandy Island, an island included on maps until just two years ago despite the fact that it never existed. Or Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and crowning his wife as a princess. Or Baarle, a patchwork of Dutch and Flemish enclaves where walking from the grocery store's produce section to the meat counter can involve crossing national borders.
An intrepid guide down the road much less traveled, Bonnett reveals that the most extraordinary places on earth might be hidden in plain sight, just around the corner from your apartment or underfoot on a wooded path. Perfect for urban explorers, wilderness ramblers, and armchair travelers struck by wanderlust, Unruly Places will change the way you see the places you inhabit.
Bonnett, A. (2014). Unruly places: lost spaces, secret cities, and other inscrutable geographies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)
Bonnett, Alastair, 1964-. 2014. Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)
Bonnett, Alastair, 1964-, Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.MLA Citation (style guide)
Bonnett, Alastair. Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. Print.
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|520|||a "The real-life answers to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, Unruly Places explores the most extraordinary, off-grid, offbeat places on the planet. Alastair Bonnett's tour of the planet's most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man's lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points, bound to inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travelers. He connects what we see on maps to what's happening in the world by looking at the places that are hardest to pin down: inaccessible zones, improvised settlements, multiple cities sharing the same space. Consider Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and making his wife a princess. Or Baarle, a patchwork city of Dutch and Flemish enclaves where crossing the street can involve traversing national borders. Or Sandy Island, which appeared on maps well into 2012 despite the fact it never existed. Illustrated with original maps and drawings, Unruly Places gives readers a new way of understanding the places we occupy. "--|c Provided by publisher.|
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