Video Chronicle

Map Men
20 June 2019


On June 20, 2019 the presentation of the book by Steven Seegel "Map Men. Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe" (University of Chicago Press, 2018) took place.

More than just colorful clickbait or pragmatic city grids, maps are often deeply emotional tales: of political projects gone wrong, budding relationships that fai led, and countries that vanished. In Map Men, Steven Seegel takes us through some of these historical dramas with a detailed look at the maps that made and unmade the world of East Central Europe through a long continuum of world war and revolution. As a collective biography of five prominent geographers between 1870 and 1950 — Albrecht Penck, Eugeniusz Romer, Stepan Rudnyts’kyi, Isaiah Bowman, and Count Pál Teleki — Map Men reexamines the deep emotions, textures of friendship, and multigenerational sagas behind these influential maps.

Steven Seegel is Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado, in the United States. He is the author of books and articles on the history of modern East European geography, geopolitics, and critical cartography