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Early Modern Cartography and Power in European Russia and Poland-lithuania

in Mapping Europe's Borderlands

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226744254
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226744278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226744278.003.0002
Early Modern Cartography and Power in European Russia and Poland-lithuania

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This chapter examines the historical antecedents behind the early modern intellectual and territorial mapping of East Central Europe, with Poland as a provisional centerpiece. It asks why maps were relevant to the early modern Polish state, and what cartography meant for Poland and Russia in a Eurocentric context once Poland–Lithuania was “wiped off the map” in 1795. Here, one must investigate institutional bases for state building in early modern Europe—and to whom maps mattered most—before looking at how lands were claimed.

Keywords: mapping; maps; East Central Europe; Poland; Russia; state building

Chapter.  9938 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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