Faculty Bookshelf: Mapping Europe's Borderlands

Book cover of Associate Professor Steven Seegel's latest book, Mapping Europe's Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire.

Courtesy of University of Chicago Press

There's much more to a map than providing orientation, as Associate Professor of History Steven Seegel shows in his recently published book Mapping Europe's Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire.

Seegel examines the roles of maps and mapmakers and their influence in eastern Europe from the 18th century Enlightenment to the Treaty of Versailles that helped end World War I. He covers the use of maps in forming identities and institutions in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia in addition to stories of the lives of individual mapmakers.

Seegel is also the author of Ukraine under Western Eyes, a history of Ukrainian cartography from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

For more about Mapping Europe's Borderlands, visit the publisher's site.