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Map MenTransnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe$
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Steven Seegel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226438498

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226438528.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Map Men

Steven Seegel

University of Chicago Press

A frame for the biographies of the five mapmen, mentioned here in passing as Albrecht Penck, Eugeniusz Mikolaj Romer, Stepan L’vovych Rudnyts’kyi, Isaiah Bowman, and Count Teleki de Szek. It promises a transnational love story amongst the men and for their maps, and introduces ideas as mapmaking as illiberal, revisionist, and reflective of the mapmaker. In other words, it sets introduces the ideas that maps affected the world and the makers far beyond the realm of an objective science and were frequently used to bolster national and personal agendas through manipulations, deliberate or otherwise, of cultural data and geography.

Keywords:   cartography, geography, transnational, nationalist, illiberal

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