Emmanuel de Martonne, géographe en guerre

Translated title of the contribution: Emmanuel de Martonne, a geographer at war

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Despite his own assertions, the work of Emmanuel de Martonne was not limited to a strictly scientific and disinterested domain. His geographical work was necessarily caught up in political circumstances, which is shown clearly in his long and passionate relationship with Romania. In this article we see how this eminent scholar placed himself at the service of the cause of Greater Romania, firstly as a partisan of Romanian intervention in the Great War, then as wartime propagandist, before, at the Versailles Peace Conference, helping draw Romania’s post-war frontiers. At the same time, we see how the success of de Martonne’s ‘scientific’ proposals for frontier change was dependent upon military and geopolitical developments.
Translated title of the contributionEmmanuel de Martonne, a geographer at war
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)149-160
Number of pages12
JournalTransylvanian Review
Issue numberSupplement No. 2
Early online date6 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Geography
  • Frontiers
  • Great War
  • Franco-Romanian relations
  • Propaganda


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