Mapping Europe's Borderlands

Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire

Author: Steven Seegel

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226744256

Category: History

Page: 368

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The simplest purpose of a map is a rational one: to educate, to solve a problem, to point someone in the right direction. Maps shape and communicate information, for the sake of improved orientation. But maps exist for states as well as individuals, and they need to be interpreted as expressions of power and knowledge, as Steven Seegel makes clear in his impressive and important new book. Mapping Europe’s Borderlands takes the familiar problems of state and nation building in eastern Europe and presents them through an entirely new prism, that of cartography and cartographers. Drawing from sources in eleven languages, including military, historical-pedagogical, and ethnographic maps, as well as geographic texts and related cartographic literature, Seegel explores the role of maps and mapmakers in the East Central European borderlands from the Enlightenment to the Treaty of Versailles. For example, Seegel explains how Russia used cartography in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars and, later, formed its geography society as a cover for gathering intelligence. He also explains the importance of maps to the formation of identities and institutions in Poland, Ukraine, and Lithuania, as well as in Russia. Seegel concludes with a consideration of the impact of cartographers’ regional and socioeconomic backgrounds, educations, families, career options, and available language choices.
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History of Cartography

International Symposium of the ICA, 2012

Author: Elri Liebenberg,Peter Collier,Zsolt Gyözö Török

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642333176

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 4562

This volume collects 22 papers presented at the 4th International Symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, held at Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, on 28-29 June 2012. The overall conference theme is 'Exploration - Discovery - Cartography', but preference has been given to papers dealing with cartography in the 19th and 20th centuries. The papers are classified according to regional sub-themes, i.e. papers on the Americas, papers on Africa, etc.
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Mapping Modernities

Geographies of Central and Eastern Europe, 1920-2000

Author: Alan Dingsdale

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415216214

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

View: 9702

This text draws on research carried out since 1989/1991 to describe, interpret and explain the place and spatial order of modernities in Central and Eastern Europe since 1920, to give a theoretically underpinned, regional geography of the area
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East Central Europe in the Modern World

The Politics of the Borderlands from Pre- to Postcommunism

Author: Andrew C. Janos

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804746885

Category: Political Science

Page: 488

View: 7552

A study of East Central Europe and its place in the modern world. Combining narrative with analysis, it presents the past and present of East Central Europe in the larger context of the political and economic history of the continent.
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China's Borderlands

The Faultline of Central Asia

Author: Steven Parham

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1786721252

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 8525

As China begins its momentous New Silk Road project and expands its influence into Central Asia, the borderlands between China, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have become sites of ethnic tension and political struggle. This region – which marks the meeting of China and post-Soviet Central Asia – is increasingly important militarily, economically and geographically. Yet we know little of the people that live there, beyond a romanticised ‘Silk Road’ sense of fraternity. In fact, relations between the people of this region are tense, and border violence is escalating – even as the identity and nationality of the people on the ground shifts to meet their new geopolitical realities. As Steven Parham shows, many of the world’s Soviet borders have proved to be deeply unstable and, in the end, impermanent. Meanwhile, the looming presence of Modern China and Russia, who are funnelling money and military resources into the region – partly to fight what they see as a growing Islamic activism – are adding fuel to the fire. This lyrical, intelligent book functions as part travelogue, part sociological exploration, and is based on a unique body of research – five months trekking through the checkpoints of the border regions. As China continues to grow and become more assertive, as it has been recently in Africa and in the South China Seas – as well as in Xinjiang – China’s borderlands have become a battleground between the Soviet past and the Chinese future.
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Understanding Life in the Borderlands

Boundaries in Depth and in Motion

Author: I. William Zartman

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820334073

Category: Political Science

Page: 291

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The past two decades have seen an intense, interdisciplinary interest in the border areas between states—inhabited territories located on the margins of a power center or between power centers. This timely and highly original collection of essays edited by noted scholar I. William Zartman is an attempt “to begin to understand both these areas and the interactions that occur within and across them”—that is, to understand how borders affect the groups living along them and the nature of the land and people abutting on and divided by boundaries. These essays highlight three defining features of border areas: borderlanders constitute an experiential and culturally identifiable unit; borderlands are characterized by constant movement (in time, space, and activity); and in their mobility, borderlands always prepare for the next move at the same time that they respond to the last one. The ten case studies presented range over four millennia and provide windows for observing the dynamics of life in borderlands. They also have policy relevance, especially in creating an awareness of borderlands as dynamic social spheres and of the need to anticipate the changes that given policies will engender—changes that will in turn require their own solutions. Contrary to what one would expect in this age of globalization, says Zartman, borderlands maintain their own dynamics and identities and indeed spread beyond the fringes of the border and reach deep into the hinterland itself.
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Europa zwischen Hitler und Stalin

Author: Timothy Snyder

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406621856

Category: Political Science

Page: 523

View: 9073

Timothy Snyder nimmt den Leser mit auf eine Reise ins Herz der Finsternis. Er erzählt in seinem aufsehenerregenden, zutiefst aufwühlenden Buch drei miteinander verknüpfte Geschichten Stalins Terrorkampagnen, Hitlers Holocaust und den Hungerkrieg gegen die Kriegsgefangenen und die nichtjüdische Bevölkerung erstmals so, wie sie sich tatsächlich zugetragen haben: zur gleichen Zeit und am gleichen Ort. Makellos recherchiert, atemberaubend geschrieben und von eindringlicher Humanität gehört Bloodlands zu den historischen Büchern, die einen anderen Blick auf die Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts eröffnen. Noch bevor der Zweite Weltkrieg begann, hatte Hitlers zeitweiliger Partner und späterer Gegner Stalin bereits Millionen von Menschen umgebracht und setzte dieses Morden während des Krieges fort. Bevor Hitler besiegt war, hatte er sechs Millionen Juden ermorden lassen und ließ Millionen andere Menschen gezielt verhungern. All dies geschah auf einem einzigen Gebiet: den Bloodlands zwischen Russland und Deutschland. Doch als der Zweite Weltkrieg zu Ende war, verschwand die Erinnerung an diesen millionenfachen Mord in der Dunkelheit hinter dem Eisernen Vorhang. Nicht nur unser Bild vom Holocaust erweist sich jedoch mit dem Blick auf die Bloodlands als unvollständig und westlich verzerrt. Auch die Geschichte Europas gewinnt ein verlorenes Terrain im Osten zurück: die gemeinsame Erinnerung an 14 Millionen Tote und die größte Tragödie der modernen Geschichte. "Bloodlands wird für Jahrzehnte das wichtigste Buch zum Thema sein." Tony Judt "Dieses Buch zwingt seine Leser, Geschichte neu zu überdenken." Norman Davies "Ein originelles, wunderbares, furchterregendes Buch (&). Dieses so schön geschriebene und eindrucksvoll recherchierte Buch ist ohne Zweifel eines der wichtigsten Werke der Zeitgeschichte." Anthony Beevor
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The role of borderlands in united Europe

historical, ethnic and geopolitical problems of borderlands

Author: Marek Sobczyński,Uniwersytet Łódzki. Dept. of Political Geography and Regional Studies,Państwowy Instytut Naukowy-Instytut Śląski w Opolu,Silesian Institute Society (Poland)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Borderlands

Page: 207

View: 9286

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Russland und die Ukraine

verflochtene Biographien und Geschichten

Author: Andreas Kappeler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783205787754

Category: Historians

Page: 395

View: 2557

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eine galizische Grenzstadt im langen 19. Jahrhundert

Author: Börries Kuzmany

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783205787631

Category: Austria

Page: 406

View: 8872

Posted in Austria

Europe in Black and White

Immigration, Race and Identity in the "Old Continent"

Author: Manuela Ribeiro Sanches

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841503576

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 7693

The essays in Europe in Black and White offer new critical perspectives on race, immigration, and identity on the Old Continent. In reconsidering the various forms of encounters with difference, such as multiculturalism and hybridity, the contributors address a number of issues, including geography, politics and linguistic practice. Featuring scholars from a wide variety of nationalities and disciplinary areas, this collection of essays will speak to an equally wide readership and provide an important counter-discourse to the images of migration and racism frequently portrayed in the media. --Book Jacket.
Posted in History


A Perpetual Borderland

Author: Andrew Savchenko

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004174486

Category: History

Page: 239

View: 834

Belarus is known as the last dictatorship of Europe , yet its president enjoys public support. Its economy remains largely Soviet, yet exhibits high growth rates. Belarus styles itself as a European country yet clings to Russia as the only ally. The book explains these paradoxes by delving into history of Belarusian national institutions, including civil society, and the state.The book starts with an analysis of Belarusian national development from the time of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania to the short-lived Belarusian People s Republic of 1918. The discussion turns to the crucial interwar period, when all national institutions of modern Belarus had taken shape. Belarus s surprising ability to cope with post-Soviet economic and geopolitical changes is discussed in the final chapter.
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Von Windhuk nach Auschwitz?

Beiträge zum Verhältnis von Kolonialismus und Holocaust

Author: Jürgen Zimmerer

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3825890554

Category: Genocide

Page: 349

View: 1494

"Vierzig Jahre vor dem 'Vernichtungskrieg im Osten' und dem Holocaust verübten deutsche Kolonialtruppen in Deutsch-Südwestafrika den ersten Genozid des 20. Jahrhunderts. 'Von Windhuk nach Auschwitz?' fragt nach dem Verhältnis von Kolonialismus und Nationalsozialismus und nimmt Genozid, 'Rassenstaat' und Zwangsarbeitsregime als Ausgangspunkt einer vergleichenden Betrachtung. Der Band ist ein unverzichtbares Dokument einer Debatte um eine postkoloniale Erweiterung der deutschen Geschichte, wie sie innerhalb der deutschen wie der internationalen Geschichtswissenschaft intensiv geführt wird, und erlaubt einen frischen Blick sowohl auf die Geschichte des Kolonialismus wie des 'Dritten Reiches.'"--Cover.
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A Quarterly Review and Index

Author: William Thomas Stead

Publisher: N.A


Category: Parapsychology

Page: N.A

View: 7315

Posted in Parapsychology

Learning Directory

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Teaching

Page: N.A

View: 1350

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Der Selbstmord Europas

Immigration, Identität, Islam

Author: Douglas Murray

Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag

ISBN: 3960921802

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 8995

Sinkende Geburtenraten, unkontrollierte Masseneinwanderung und eine lange Tradition des verinnerlichten Misstrauens: Europa scheint unfähig zu sein, seine Interessen zu verteidigen. Douglas Murray, gefeierter Autor, sieht in seinem neuen Bestseller Europa gar an der Schwelle zum Freitod – zumindest scheinen sich seine politischen Führer für den Selbstmord entschieden zu haben. Doch warum haben die europäischen Regierungen einen Prozess angestoßen, wohl wissend, dass sie dessen Folgen weder absehen können noch im Griff haben? Warum laden sie Tausende von muslimischen Einwanderern ein, nach Europa zu kommen, wenn die Bevölkerung diese mit jedem Jahr stärker ablehnt? Sehen die Regierungen nicht, dass ihre Entscheidungen nicht nur die Bevölkerung ihrer Länder auseinandertreiben, sondern letztlich auch Europa zerreißen werden? Oder sind sie so sehr von ihrer Vision eines neuen europäischen Menschen, eines neuen Europas und der arroganten Überzeugung von deren Machbarkeit geblendet? Der Selbstmord Europas ist kein spontan entstandenes Pamphlet einer vagen Befindlichkeit. Akribisch hat Douglas Murray die Einwanderung aus Afrika und dem Nahen Osten nach Europa recherchiert und ihre Anfänge, ihre Entwicklung sowie die gesellschaftlichen Folgen über mehrere Jahrzehnte ebenso studiert wie ihre Einmündung in den alltäglich werdenden Terrorismus. Eine beeindruckende und erschütternde Analyse der Zeit, in der wir leben, sowie der Zustände, auf die wir zusteuern.
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Paranormal Borderlands of Science

Author: Kendrick Frazier

Publisher: N.A


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 469

View: 6863

Headlines and television news reports feature accounts of reincarnation, the predictions of astrologers, and psychic "miracles." Citizens report UFO sightings. Police departments call on psychics to provide clues in baffling crimes. From every available information source, the public is bombarded with unsubstantiated claims of paranormal phenomena. How much of the evidence is reliable? What is the truth behind these claims? Paranormal Borderlands of Science is an exciting, well-informed examination of the most publicized and exotic claims of astrology, ESP, psychokinesis, precognition, UFOs, biorhythms, and other phenomena. Written by respected psychologists, astronomers and other scientists, philosophers, investigative journalists, and magicians, the 47 articles in this superb collection present a skeptical treatment of pseudoscientific claims - an aspect often sorely neglected in sensationalized media reports. This book is an effort to help readers sort fact from fiction and sense from nonsense among the astonishing variety of assertions labeled "paranormal." Never before published in book form, the essays in this anthology originally appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer, a leading magazine devoted to the critical investigation of pseudoscience from a scientific viewpoint. Among the contributors are: Isaac Asimov (distinguished science fiction author), Martin Gardner (Scientific American columnist), James Randi (The Amazing Randi), Philip Klass (noted UFO skeptic), Scot Morris (Omni), and James Oberg (NASA). An essential contribution to skeptical literature, this book will be of lasting value to all those wishing to balance the case for paranormal claims by reading the dissenting critics.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Borderlands Orientalism or How the Savage Lost his Nobility

The Russian Perception of the Caucasus Between 1817 and 1878

Author: Dominik Gutmeyr

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643507887

Category: Borderlands

Page: 314

View: 5909

In Russia's cultural memory, the Caucasus is a potent point of reference, to which many emotions, images, and stereotypes are attached. The book gives a new reading of the development of Russia's perception of its borderlands and presents a complex picture of the encounter between the Russians and the indigenous population of the Caucasus. The study outlines the history of a region standing in between Russian reveries and Russian imperialism. (Series: Studies on South East Europe, Vol. 19) [Subject: History, Russian Studies, Ethnology]
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