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Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland

Catherine Tatiana Dunlop


The period between the French Revolution and the Second World War saw an unprecedented proliferation of mapmaking and map reading across modern European society. This book explores the “age of cartophilia” through the story of mapmaking in the disputed French-German borderland of Alsace-Lorraine. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, French and Germans claimed Alsace-Lorraine as part of their national territories, fighting several bloody wars with each other that resulted in four changes to the borderland’s nationality. In the process, the contested territory became a mapmaker’s labor ... More

Keywords: borders, borderlands, Europe, cartography, Cartophilia, mapmaking, nationalism, popular mapmakers, Alsace-Lorraine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226173023
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226173160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Tatiana Dunlop, author

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