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Mapping Europe's Borderlands Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire

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ISBN-10: 0226744256

ISBN-13: 9780226744254

Edition: 2012

Authors: Steven Seegel

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The simplest purpose of a map is a rational one: to educate, to solve a problem, to point someone in the right direction. Maps shape and communicate information, for the sake of improved orientation. But maps exist for states as well as individuals, and they need to be interpreted as expressions of power and knowledge, as Steven Seegel makes clear in his impressive and important new book.Mapping Europe’s Borderlandstakes the familiar problems of state and nation building in eastern Europe and presents them through an entirely new prism, that of cartography and cartographers. Drawing from sources in eleven languages, including military, historical-pedagogical, and ethnographic maps, as well as geographic texts and related cartographic literature, Seegel explores the role of maps and mapmakers in the East Central European borderlands from the Enlightenment to the Treaty of Versailles. For example, Seegel explains how Russia used cartography in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars and, later, formed its geography society as a cover for gathering intelligence. He also explains the importance of maps to the formation of identities and institutions in Poland, Ukraine, and Lithuania, as well as in Russia. Seegel concludes with a consideration of the impact of cartographers’ regional and socioeconomic backgrounds, educations, families, career options, and available language choices. 
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/14/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Steven Seegel is assistant professor of history at the University of Northern Colorado. He is the author of Ukraine under Western Eyes.

Early Modern Cartography and Power in European Russia and Poland-Lithuania
Enlightenment to Romantic Historical Claims between Imperial Russia and East Central Europe
Purposes of Early 19th-Century Russian Imperial Cartography
Purposes of Early 19th-century Polish National Cartography
Mid-19th-Century Cartography and the Idea of Progress in Russian Empirecraft
Modern European Ethnoschematization and the Vienna-St. Petersburg Axis
Late 19th-century Russian Imperial Schemes and Habsburg-Polish Cartographic Borrowings in Galicia
Borderlands as Modern Homelands? Mapping Ukraine and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Nationalizing Cartography in the Borderlands before World War I
Political Cartography in East Central Europe during World War I
Conclusion: Purposes of Maps in the Borderlands of 1919