Mapping the Soviet: Cartography, Culture and Power from Lenin to Stalin, 1917- 1953Fellowship
This AHRC Fellowship supports a book project entitled Mapping the Soviet: Cartography, Culture and Power from Lenin to Stalin, 1917-53, which was initially funded by the University of Nottingham and the J.B Harley Research Fellowship Trust. The book explores Soviet civil cartography between the October revolution and the death of Stalin, in particular examining the ways in which maps were used to construct and control public knowledge of space and territory and the relationship of maps to the regime’s state-building strategies and projects of cultural and social transformation. Its wider aim is to establish a new interpretation of the political role and significance of cartographic practice and map culture in the modern world. The research is grounded in a close reading of recently declassified Soviet archival sources together with a wide range of maps and atlases; school geography and history textbooks; specialist and popular handbooks on map-making and map- reading; and literary works, films, architecture and graphic art (including ‘ephemeral’ materials such as postcards, stamps or newspaper cartoons) featuring cartographic themes or imagery.