University of Erfurt

Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt

Projekt von Dr. Ferenc Gyuris

Geopolitical imaginations of East Central Europe in German maps during World War I and the interwar period

The goal of the research project is twofold. Firstly, to conduct an overview of the geopolitically motivated maps that were created in Germany during World War I and in the interwar period about East Central Europe. Secondly, to compare their political content with those of maps from East Central European countries from the same period, which I have intensively investigated over the last years. Carrying out my research I want to provide answers to the following questions: 1. Which geopolitical imaginations about East Central Europe were mobilised and utilised by these maps? 2. Which cartographic methods were used in these maps, and how did they reflect the hidden geopolitical agenda of the maps? 3. To what extent were these methods as well as the underlying geopolitical concepts stable in time? 4. To what extent and in what sense were these maps based on similar geopolitical imaginations as their counterparts in East Central European countries, and what sorts of unique features did they have, if any? I expect that my results will contribute to a better international contextualisation of the dominant geopolitical concepts in East Central Europe at the time, as well as to their comparison with corresponding German concepts about the region.

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