Mapping Europe's Borderlands
Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire
University of Chicago Press 2012
New Books in Eastern European StudiesNew Books in European StudiesNew Books in GeographyNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Russian and Eurasian StudiesNew Books Network July 5, 2017 Hugo Lane
Since the publication of this book five years ago, Steven Seegel has become a leading authority on map-making in the Russian Empire with particular expertise on the western borderlands.Mapping Europe’s Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2012) provided a firm foundation for his reputation by exploring how imperial priorities shaped map-making of he dismemberment of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and how these changed over the long century during which a fully independent Polish state did not exist. While focused primarily on Russian cartography is the primary focus of this work, Seegel places those developments in context with discussion of Polish nationalist map-making and a discussion of Habsburg map-making of the region as well. In so doing, he also offers intriguing portraits of the cartographers who ultimately made this research possible. It was a pleasure to interview him at last about this book and I invite you to listen to our discussion of his work.