Map MenTransnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe

Map MenTransnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe

Steven Seegel

Print publication date: 2019

ISBN: 9780226438498

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

The book narrates the lives of five cartographers active in the early 20th century and uses records of their correspondence along historical research about the period to substantiate an analysis of the political and personal considerations that shaped the science of mapmaking. The cartographers worked with and made maps of East Central Europe before, throughout, and after World War I, driven onward to solidify their status and worth in strange frontiers after the tumultuous precursors and events of the Great War scattered them across national boundaries. Their projects were informed by nationalism, classic desires for romance and power, anti-Semitism, a thirst for recognition as rational and proper, and many other complex considerations, all of which are immortalized through the maps and letters of the five men.