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.
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