Teleki, Trianon, and Transnational Map Men 100 Years After


  • Steven Seegel The University of Texas



critical geography, Trianon, Carte Rouge


The lecture focusses on the life and death of Count Pál Teleki (1879-1941) – twice prime minister of Hungary – in relation to the Treaty of Trianon (1920) and its legacy after a century. Teleki developed his reputation as a professional geographer, among Europe’s prominent ‘map men’ of his generation. Through scholarship in critical geography and cartography, this lecture examines Teleki’s gendered fantasies of North American frontier space; the origin and significance of his antisemitism and anticommunism; his subtextual grasp of post-World War I symbology and territorial revisionism; the cultural significance of the famous Carte Rouge map; his efforts at Transatlantic diplomacy; his family’s contacts with Transatlantic geographers and his eventual suicide in April 1941; and the long legacy of illiberal politics in Hungary and Europe since the Treaty of Trianon.

Author Biography

Steven Seegel, The University of Texas

Steven Seegel is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2018), Ukraine under Western Eyes (Harvard University Press, 2013), and Mapping Europe's Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2012). He has been a contributor to the fourth and fifth volumes of Chicago's international history of cartography series, and has translated over 300 entries from Russian and Polish for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, in multiple volumes, published jointly by USHMM and Indiana University Press. Professor Seegel is a former director at Harvard University of the Ukrainian Research Institute's summer exchange program. You can find him active on Twitter @steven_seegel and currently as the host of author-feature podcast interviews on the popular New Books Network.




How to Cite

Seegel, Steven. 2021. “Teleki, Trianon, and Transnational Map Men 100 Years After”. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 8 (3):84-97.