Conclusion: Purposes of Maps in the Borderlands of 1919

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:
Conclusion: Purposes of Maps in the Borderlands of 1919

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This chapter begins with a description of how the year 1919 was the year of maps for geopolitical imaginaries in modern European history. It details President Woodrow Wilson's Inquiry, which assumed a mediating role between European powers and client states for what Wilson fancied would be a scientific peace. The discussions then turn to the concept of national self-determination, the reconstruction of Poland, and the legacy of Eugeniusz Romer. The chapter concludes that to analyze the practical goals of maps and the symbolic investments in representation of borderland geo-bodies, cartography and its architects must be understood outside linear history, heroic narratives of scientific achievement, or conversely, monolithic tales of conquest, domination, and native resistance.

Keywords: maps; geopolitics; European history; self-determination; Poland; Eugeniusz Romer

Chapter.  6846 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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