The chapter opens with Romer, nostalgic for his days as an international scientist with Bowman, fleeing Poland after his criticism of authoritarian regimes of the 1930s on the grounds of liberal science. It paints Bowman as a self-serving elite, advising FDR (who he previously criticized) on prospects for American conquest in South America and only maintaining correspondence with Romer to the end of furthering the spread of the manifest destiny of democracy. It tells the story of and his appointment of Prime Minister of Hungary on the eve of Germany’s invasion of the state and committed suicide in 1941, ashamed of not living up to national expectations of glory. Meanwhile, Rudnyts’kyi’s sons carried on after his arrest. The fallout of World War 2 left Romer homeless, and as the book implies a mapmen inevitably does, he turns back to geography to make sense of the again upheaved world order. It narrates that Penck continued to advocate anti-Semitism and anti-Slavism and shows similar themes reflected in Teleki’s pursuit of a hegemonic-ally strong Hungary in the face of the adversaries to the East and West.
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