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Mapping Europe's Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire

Steven Seegel


The simplest purpose of a map is a rational one: to educate, to solve a problem, to point someone in the right direction. Maps shape and communicate information, for the sake of improved orientation, but they exist for states as well as individuals, and need to be interpreted as expressions of power and knowledge. This book takes the familiar problems of state and nation building in eastern Europe and presents them through the prism of cartography and cartographers. Drawing from sources in eleven languages, including military, historical-pedagogical, and ethnographic maps, as well as geographi ... More

Keywords: military maps, ethnographic maps, geographic texts, cartographic literature, mapmakers, Enlightenment, Treaty of Versailles, Napoleonic Wars, intelligence gathering, Poland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226744254
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226744278.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Seegel, author