This chapter concludes the book with a reflection on the state of map making and map reading in Europe today. It analyses a recent exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris which presented historical relief maps of French border cities from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. The exhibition’s purpose was to serve as a window into the territorial mindset of another time, when Europeans were intent on using maps to visualize and enforce the boundaries that separated them. In contrast, the goal of most new map production in Europe today is to make national borders between countries appear less visible. The chapter reflects on efforts to transform European mentalities toward longstanding national boundaries through maps of Euro-regions and cross-border biking trails.
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