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Blood TiesReligion, Violence and the Politics of Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia, 1878-1908$
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Ipek Yosmaoglu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452260

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452260.001.0001

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Territoriality and Its Discontents

Territoriality and Its Discontents

(p.79) Chapter Three Territoriality and Its Discontents
Blood Ties

İpek Yosmaoğlu

Cornell University Press

This chapter traces the development of an interest in the cartography and the ethnography of the European provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the early nineteenth century. The examination of a collection of ethnographic maps of “Turkey in Europe” published from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century revealed that these were not merely images to “illustrate the Macedonian Question” to (dis)interested parties. Instead, they represented their authors' visions of what the landscape, both physical and human, should look like; they were projections of the reality they claimed to represent. They were, in other words, political statements. They could not be read without first understanding the context of their production and dissemination. The chapter builds that context to show that these maps were essentially a grid imposed on populations that inhabited the depicted terrain and were an essential tool in projecting the territoriality of a nation and its discontents.

Keywords:   Macedonia, cartography, ethnography, Ottoman Empire, ethnographic maps, territoriality

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