Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4

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A vision for a future Europe according to a Russian map of 1914

Piotr Eberhardt

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 687-693
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0040

Abstract

In this article, a map published and popularized in Moscow at the end of 1914 is presented and analyzed from a cartographic and factual perspective. Drawn up on the initiative of the highest Russian authorities, the map presents the post-World War One political system in Europe as envisaged by the author. He believed that, in the aftermath of a victorious war for Russia, the significant shifts of political boundaries in Europe which are shown on the map would take place. The cartographic document in question thus constitutes interesting historic evidence attesting to the expansionist ambitions of the Russian Empire of that time.

Keywords: Russia, World War One, political boundaries in Europe

Piotr Eberhardt [p.ebe@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland