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„Hier eröffnete sich vor unseren Augen ein neues, schillerndes, von uns noch nirgendwo gesehenes Bild...“ Die gedankliche Neuvermessung des Zarenreiches im Eisenbahnzeitalter

Schenk, Frithjof Benjamin. (2014) „Hier eröffnete sich vor unseren Augen ein neues, schillerndes, von uns noch nirgendwo gesehenes Bild...“ Die gedankliche Neuvermessung des Zarenreiches im Eisenbahnzeitalter. Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, 63 (1). pp. 4-23.

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Abstract

The paper deals with discourses of mental mapping in Russia in the second half of the 19th century. The focus is on reports of Russian railway passengers who wrote down their impressions of the travelled territory in corresponding texts. The case study is based on travelogues documenting train journeys through the western provinces of the Empire. The article scrutinizes the wide spread assumption that the construction and use of railroads in the 19th century contributed significantly to the integration of nation-states and empires in the sense of their “territorialisation” (Charles Maier). Using the example of the Russian Empire, it argues that the construction and use of the new means of transportation had both integrative and dis-intergrative effects in terms of the representation of the imperial space on the mental maps of Russian travellers. The spatial experience of an integrated transportation system evoked notions of Russia as a large, indivisible whole. At the same time the railroad created completely new opportunities to personally experience the cultural fron-tiers within the multi-ethnic Empire. This promoted not only the pride felt in the size of the Russia but also fears about the “Other” in one’s own country. In the western regions of the Russian Empire these experiences were made above all in encounters with the Jewish population in the Pale of Settlement.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Geschichte > Bereich Osteuropäische Geschichte > Osteuropäische Geschichte (Schenk)
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Geschichte > Bereich Geschlechtergeschichte > Osteuropäische Geschichte (Schenk)
UniBasel Contributors:Schenk, Frithjof Benjamin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Herder-Institut
ISSN:0948-8294
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Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:German
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