I was one of three discussants of Steven Seegel’s tremendously impressive book Mapping Europe’s Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire at the Association for the Study of Nationalities conference in New York on 18th April. Larry Wolfe in the Department of History at New York University and Monika Baar, in History at the University of Groningen, Netherlands and author of Historians and Nationalism: East-Central Europe in the Nineteenth Century were the other discussants. As Steven remarked, the panel had a scholar of the eighteenth century, one of the nineteenth century and myself as a representative of contemporary political geography. The discussion was lively and rightly acknowledged the tremendous academic work that went into creating this book. There was some commentary on the slightly misleading title and more obviously misleading subtitle of the book. But the University of Chicago did a beautiful job producing this volume, allowing abundant black and white map reproductions and eighteen pages of color plate maps at its center. Commentators will be gathering their thoughts for publication in a book forum in Nationalities Papers within the year.
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