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CartophiliaMaps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland$
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Catherine Tatiana Dunlop

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226173023

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226173160.001.0001

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Maps for Movement

Maps for Movement

(p.131) Chapter 5 Maps for Movement

Catherine Tatiana Dunlop

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores how hiking maps and panoramas promoted French and German claims to Alsace-Lorraine during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1871, when the French-German border moved westward to the Vosges Mountains, patriotic hiking clubs took an interest in developing maps of the new border site. The first-ever series of Vosges hiking maps was published during the late nineteenth century by the “Vogesenclub,” a powerful outdoors association that later became the French “Club Vosgien” after World War I. Both the German and French versions of the club sold their hiking maps on the commercial market, where they found a broad audience of map readers eager to learn about Alsace-Lorraine’s cultural and historical topography while walking along hiking trails. Foldable, cheap, and designed to be carried into the wilderness, hiking maps distinguished themselves from other kinds of cartographic media because they were specifically designed to define territorial space through the physical movement of bodies.

Keywords:   Vosges mountains, hiking clubs, hiking maps, Vogesenclub, Club Vosgien, panoramas, tourism, landscape

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