[237120, A2] Wk 4: Task 3E – Locating Relevant Credible Material

2. ‘The World of War’ (Mirzoeff, Chapter 3. 99-127)


This text is relevant because, as identified in my mindmap in blog post Wk 4 Task 3E, it covers the origins of the Scramble for Africa. I will be discussing this topic in the context of how the Europeans viewed the partition of African territories as colonies, versus the African view as expressed in post-colonial literature and visual art. By understanding the reasons for partition as expressed in this source, I can better understand the views of the Europeans c.1884.

I believe the source to be credible due to its origins from a verified school curriculum, as written by a teacher of History. This can be confirmed by researching the name of the author of the document.


This text is relevant in that it challenges Mirzoeff’s ideas presented in ‘The World of War’. It states that while maps do represent political struggle and power, the scope of what maps reflect is far broader. The source discusses the social and existential value of maps, stating that politics are not to blame for their inception. This is an argument I would like to discuss to challenge the views of Mirzoeff.

I believe the source to be credible as it was taken from a respected journal that was recently published. The source is more of a philosophical musing on a topic than an analytical academic text. While more emotionally charged than an academic essay, the source will provide a more passionate standpoint which will make for interesting discussion in a counter-argument.


   This source is relevant as it discusses similar ideas to Mirzoeff’s text, extending them to understand the future implications of maps as visual texts. I felt this source was important to connect the historical components I wish to discuss to modern context, to show their relevance in contemporary and future discussion.

I believe this source to be credible because the speaker is regarded as an authority on geopolitics and their future implications. He has a history of collaboration with TED as both a speaker and attendee, with several videos and a book published on the subject. TED Talks also has a reputation for high quality intellectual discussions on a multitude of topics by experts in their fields.


  • Sønderborg, Kim. “Causes of World War I.” Audio blog post. The 20th Century History Series. HistoryPodcast.net, 20 March 2012. Web. 5 April 2016.

  • Sønderborg, Kim. “Successes and Failures of the League of Nations.” Audio blog post. The 20th Century History Series. HistoryPodcast.net, 20 March 2012. Web. 5 April 2016.

   These sources are relevant because they discuss World War I and the inter-war period from the viewpoints of all nations involved. They provide factual evidence and propose the different ways in which events can be perceived, both at the time and with the advantage of retrospect. This will allow me to reference directly to Mirzoeff’s case studies while considering multiple world views which I can apply to the study of maps.

The source is credible as the speaker is a teacher and history examiner of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which is a highly prestigious standard of education that is internationally recognised. The podcasts are fact-checked by IB coordinators, IB history examiners, and IB director of studies.