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Conclusion: Purposes of Maps in the Borderlands of 1919

Conclusion: Purposes of Maps in the Borderlands of 1919

Chapter:
(p.267) Conclusion: Purposes of Maps in the Borderlands of 1919
Source:
Mapping Europe's Borderlands
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226744278.003.0012

This chapter begins with a description of how the year 1919 was the year of maps for geopolitical imaginaries in modern European history. It details President Woodrow Wilson's Inquiry, which assumed a mediating role between European powers and client states for what Wilson fancied would be a scientific peace. The discussions then turn to the concept of national self-determination, the reconstruction of Poland, and the legacy of Eugeniusz Romer. The chapter concludes that to analyze the practical goals of maps and the symbolic investments in representation of borderland geo-bodies, cartography and its architects must be understood outside linear history, heroic narratives of scientific achievement, or conversely, monolithic tales of conquest, domination, and native resistance.

Keywords:   maps, geopolitics, European history, self-determination, Poland, Eugeniusz Romer

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