Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton's Forgotten Maps 1883-1923
Talk by Richard J. A. Talbert, History Dept. and Ancient World Mapping Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
With An Introduction by Tsering Wangyal Shawa, Geographic Information Systems and Map Librarian, Peter B. Lewis Library, Princeton University
Professor Richard J.A. Talbert will outline the attraction and importance of the "Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton’s Forgotten Maps, 1883-1923" exhibition, which is being launched a century after the Smyrna Fire and the establishment of the Turkish Republic. He will highlight the key role of the German cartographers Heinrich and Richard Kiepert and its remarkably long-lasting impact. Kiepert maps of Asia Minor (Turkey) remained the basis of those made by the Ottoman General Staff, as well as by the British, German, Greek, and Italian armies during and after World War I.
Talbert will also trace how he gradually became aware of all these rare, long-forgotten maps, and shares his experiences in searching for them. He also explains how Princeton University Library’s holdings and expertise have proven crucial to the creation of this absorbing display.