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(p.71) Chapter Three Courtiers
Map Men
Steven Seegel
University of Chicago Press

The chapter relates the careers and lives of the mapmen after World War I and throughout transnational peace negotiations. Penck fell out of favour in the transnational community and, clinging to realpolitik, insulated himself in a community of German scholars and later found time to attack Romer’s new maps as based on unreliable data. It depicts Bowman accompanying Wilson to Paris, during which he held up a belief in the duty and right of America to spread a hegemonic ideal of democracy throughout the world. Meanwhile, it illuminates Teleki’s efforts to juggle international opinion of the newly emerging Hungary with conflicts over communism in its borders, during which his ploys for geographical nuance were ignored by a larger conversation focused on designating Hungary as an ally or enemy to the peace accords. The chapter focuses on ongoing struggles to forward nationalist narratives in the guise of an international, objective science now with the backdrop of post-World War 1 global reorganizing.

Keywords:   world war I, spread of democracy, treaty of versailles, science as politics

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