Maps invite us to think about their materiality, genre, and authorship, as well as the context of their creation. Most importantly, they invite us to investigate the visual arguments they advance – by means of spatial homogenization, thematic selection, colour-coding, naming, and ‘silencing’. This chapter analyzes the Atlas statystyczny Polski i kraiów okolicznych (‘Statistical atlas of Poland and neighbouring countries’), published anonymously in 1827. This atlas is interpreted as an act of counter-mapping: It made the case for an independent Poland on par with its ‘neighbouring countries’. The atlas’s key method for accomplishing this was through the interlacing of various temporal layers. These were, mainly, the pre-1772 Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, visualized primarily in the form of a base map, alongside potential futures for a Polish nation and a sovereign state.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDoing spatial history
EditorsRiccardo Bavaj, Konrad Lawson, Bernhard Struck
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429291739
ISBN (Print)9780367261542, 9780367261566
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge guides to using historical sources


  • Mapping
  • History of cartography
  • Maps
  • Spatial history


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