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

Hardcover | May 14, 2012

bySteven 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 Borderlands takes 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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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...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.3 inPublished:May 14, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226744256

ISBN - 13:9780226744254

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

 Introduction

Early Modern Cartography and Power in European Russia and Poland-Lithuania

Enlightenment to Romantic Historical Claims between Imperial Russia and East Central Europe

3 Purposes of Early 19th-Century Russian Imperial Cartography

4 Purposes of Early 19th-Century Polish National Cartography

Mid-19th-Century Cartography and the Idea of Progress in Russian Empirecraft

6 Modern European Ethnoschematization and the Vienna–St. Petersburg Axis

7 Late 19th-Century Russian Imperial Schemes and Habsburg-Polish Cartographic Borrowings in Galicia

8 Borderlands as Modern Homelands? Mapping Ukraine and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

9 Nationalizing Cartography in the Borderlands before World War I

10 Political Cartography in East Central Europe during World War I

 Conclusion: Purposes of Maps in the Borderlands of 1919

 Notes
 Bibliography
 Index

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"Seegel's vast array of source material, and apparent command of several languages, is impressive throughout the book. The book itself is produced to a very high standard and is richly illustrated by seventeen colour plates and numerous greyscale reproductions throughout. . . . Seegel's writing is eloquent and evidently very well researched, making this a valuable contribution to both critical cartography and political geography in the context of Central and Eastern Europe."