The Political Fragmentation of Germany

Formation of German states by Infrastructures, Maps, and Movement, 1815–1866

  • Zef M.  Segal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Zef M. Segal
    Pages 1-24
  3. Infrastructural Layout and State Construction

  4. Cartographic Representations of State Space

  5. National, Transnational and International Communication and Movement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-178
    2. Zef M. Segal
      Pages 215-238
    3. Zef M. Segal
      Pages 239-263
    4. Zef M. Segal
      Pages 265-271
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-278

About this book


This book analyses the development of German territorial states in the nineteenth century through the prism of five Mittelstaaten: Bavaria, Saxony, Hanover, Württemberg, and Baden. It asks how a state becomes a place, and argues that it involves a contested and multi-faceted process, one of slow and uneven progress. The study approaches this question from a new and crucial angle, that of spatiality and public mobility. The issues covered range from the geography of state apparatus, the aesthetics of German cartography and the trajectories of public movement. Challenging the belief that territorial delimitation is primarily a matter of policy and diplomacy, this book reveals that political territories are constructed through daily practices and imagination.


Bavaria, Saxony, Hanover, Wurttemberg, Baden State-building Nation-building Citizenship National identity Cartography Maps Railway Ideology Migration Travel and tourism Territory Digital humanities

Authors and affiliations

  • Zef M.  Segal
    • 1
  1. 1.Open University of IsraelRa’ananaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-19826-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-19827-5
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