Soviet Cartography Set in Stone: The Map of Industrialization

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In this paper I take the example of the ‘Map of Industrialization’, a huge stone mosaic map of 1930s USSR as a point of convergence for discourses connecting Soviet propaganda and the depiction of Soviet space through cartography, the nature of maps as social constructs, the relationship between cartography and art in Soviet Russia, and the role of cartography in shaping the image of the Soviet nation-state. I trace the history of the Map and consider the Map as a work of art and as an instrument of the state, exploring these notions in the context of its history of exhibition in the USSR and overseas and of its periodic alteration. I conclude with a consideration of the changing discourses surrounding the Map in the post-Soviet era and link this discussion to broader themes of cultural memory, monuments, and the negotiation of national identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-689
Number of pages19
JournalEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


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