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

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

Chapter:
(p.23) Chapter One Early Modern Cartography and Power in European Russia and Poland-lithuania
Source:
Mapping Europe's Borderlands
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226744278.003.0002

This chapter examines the historical antecedents behind the early modern intellectual and territorial mapping of East Central Europe, with Poland as a provisional centerpiece. It asks why maps were relevant to the early modern Polish state, and what cartography meant for Poland and Russia in a Eurocentric context once Poland–Lithuania was “wiped off the map” in 1795. Here, one must investigate institutional bases for state building in early modern Europe—and to whom maps mattered most—before looking at how lands were claimed.

Keywords:   mapping, maps, East Central Europe, Poland, Russia, state building

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