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Cartophilia

Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland

Catherine Tatiana Dunlop

Cartophilia

Catherine Tatiana Dunlop

280 pages | 16 color plates, 71 halftones | 7 x 10 | © 2015
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226173023 Published May 2015
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The period between the French Revolution and World War II was a time of tremendous growth in both mapmaking and map reading throughout Europe. There is no better place to witness this rise of popular cartography than in Alsace-Lorraine, a disputed borderland that the French and Germans both claimed as their national territory. Desired for its prime geographical position and abundant natural resources, Alsace-Lorraine endured devastating wars from 1870 to 1945 that altered its borders four times, transforming its physical landscape and the political allegiances of its citizens. For the border population whose lives were turned upside down by the French-German conflict, maps became essential tools for finding a new sense of place and a new sense of identity in their changing national and regional communities.
 
Turning to a previously undiscovered archive of popular maps, Cartophilia reveals Alsace-Lorraine’s lively world of citizen mapmakers that included linguists, ethnographers, schoolteachers, hikers, and priests. Together, this fresh group of mapmakers invented new genres of maps that framed French and German territory in original ways through experimental surveying techniques, orientations, scales, colors, and iconography. In focusing on the power of “bottom-up” maps to transform modern European identities, Cartophilia argues that the history of cartography must expand beyond the study of elite maps and shift its emphasis to the democratization of cartography in the modern world.
Contents

Introduction                                                  


I . Mapping Borders

1 States Map Their Borders                         

2 What Makes a Good Border?                        

3 Language Maps                                           

II . Borderland Maps for Everyday Life

4 Finding the Center                                       

5 Maps for Movement                                  

6 Visualizing Strasbourg                               

Epilogue                                                         

Acknowledgments                                        

Notes                                                             

Bibliography                                                 

Index


Review Quotes
CHOICE
"Dunlop analyzes maps and geographic pamphlets generated from the mid-18th century to 1940 to show how cartographers, nationalists, and the Alsatians themselves used map making to define Alsatians as French, German, or Alsatian.  Her regional study shows that maps do not present territory; they interpret it. Map makers create identities by circumscribing boundaries. . . .Recommended."
Geographical Magazine
"Maps should rightly follow in the footsteps of national developments, chronicling changes that have occurred due to nature, wars or treaties. However, Cartophilia makes it clear that maps can have a much more profound cultural impact, and in some occasions actually lead the change. Over time, maps went from strategic military use, to nationalist use, to civilian-made and bought; yet in Dunlop’s telling they rarely lost their greater strategic purpose throughout this period."
Journal of Historical Geography
"Elegantly written and excellently illustrated, this book is a very successful example of how maps can be used in political projects. In fact, the visual artefacts under discussion extend far beyond maps, and this sets maps in a wider visual, as well as political, culture."
Neil Safier, The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University
Cartophilia uncovers a remarkable range of “citizen cartographers” who mapped one of Europe’s most iconic borderland regions. From foldable hiking charts to popular village maps, Dunlop draws upon quotidian objects that, in her analysis, become cultural symbols underpinning the modern nation. Not since Peter Sahlins’ Boundaries has there been such an insightful analysis of French cartographic culture at its own geographic limits.”
Raymond Craib, Cornell University
“Dunlop’s Cartophilia is an impressive book. Taking the borderland of Alsace-Lorraine as her point of reference, and “popular” cartographers as her subject, Dunlop demonstrates, with a keen eye for telling details, the role of maps and cartographic practices in the formation and re-formation of national and regional identities over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Cartophilia is cogently organized, elegantly and succinctly written, and original in its emphases and contributions.”
Stephen Harp, History, University of Akron
“There is a freshness in Dunlop’s writing, a desire to innovate and rethink that is remarkable. Dunlop does not paint by numbers, filling in a tableau well-established by others. Rather, Cartophilia is conceptually bold in combining history and geography in a way that is unique and fascinating. It is also methodologically important, as she handles historical geography with a precision and a delicacy that I have not yet seen among historians or geographers. Cartophilia is an impressive work that will set the model for scholars and students for years to come.”
Susan Schulten, University of Denver
“With lively and polished prose, Dunlop traces the many ways that visual imagery both reflected and shaped the shifting boundary between France and Germany. Her ability to explicate all types of cartographic knowledge—from state-sponsored surveys to popular “citizen maps”—makes this a most welcome addition to the history of cartography.”
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