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By Catherine Tatiana Dunlop

The interval among the French Revolution and international conflict II was once a time of large development in either mapmaking and map analyzing all through Europe. there isn't any larger position to witness this upward push of renowned cartography than in Alsace-Lorraine, a disputed borderland that the French and Germans either claimed as their nationwide territory. wanted for its major geographical place and plentiful traditional assets, Alsace-Lorraine persisted devastating wars from 1870 to 1945 that altered its borders 4 occasions, reworking its actual panorama and the political allegiances of its voters. For the border inhabitants whose lives have been grew to become the other way up by way of the French-German clash, maps turned crucial instruments for locating a brand new feel of position and a brand new experience of id of their altering nationwide and neighborhood communities.


Turning to a formerly undiscovered archive of well known maps, Cartophilia finds Alsace-Lorraine’s vigorous international of citizen mapmakers that incorporated linguists, ethnographers, schoolteachers, hikers, and monks. jointly, this clean crew of mapmakers invented new genres of maps that framed French and German territory in unique methods via experimental surveying ideas, orientations, scales, shades, and iconography. In concentrating on the ability of “bottom-up” maps to remodel glossy eu identities, Cartophilia argues that the heritage of cartography needs to extend past the learn of elite maps and shift its emphasis to the democratization of cartography within the sleek world.

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