Maps in the Service of the Nation

Gábor Demeter, Zsolt Bottlik

Maps in the Service of the Nation

The Role of Ethnic Mapping in Nation-Building and Its Influence on Political Decision-Making Across the Balkan Peninsula (1840–1914)

DigiOst, Volume 12

ISBN
978-3-7329-0665-9 9783732906659
Date of appearance
2021
Language
English
Binding
Paperback
Pages
310
Format
14.8 × 21.0 cm (B × H)
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Price
49.80 €

Contents

The authors seek to answer whether the ethnic maps of the Balkan Peninsula created between 1840 and 1914 can be considered scientific products, or whether these maps were merely tools that served the political goals of the Balkan nation states and the regional agenda of the Great Powers. Despite evident methodological progress, maps were often contradictory indicating that propaganda purposes played an important role during their preparation.

The book investigates (1) the discrepancy between statistical data and their visualization on maps; (2) the reliability of Ottoman statistics and their Western and Balkan interpretations; (3) the adequacy of applied visualization techniques; and (4) the difference between the quality and content of maps created for the public and those created for political decision-makers. The authors apply interdisciplinary methods to deconstruct approximately one hundred maps analysing their background data, visualization techniques, and intentions behind the maps. Then, they redraw fifty maps with unified categories and scaling to promote comparison applying a different visualization technique.

Authors

Gábor Demeter is Senior Researcher at the Eötvös Loránd Research Centre, Institute of Excellence of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in History and Earth Sciences and works on the social, economic, and diplomatic history of Austria-Hungary and the Balkan Peninsula in the 19th century.

Zsolt Bottlik is Associate Professor at the Eötvös-Loránd-University, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Budapest. He mainly focuses on ethnic and religious problems of the Balkan and Post-Soviet regions.

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