Image of Belgium in WWI Through Maps

  • Wouter BrackeEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


This contribution focuses on maps of Belgium produced in and outside the country during WWI and intended for the larger public. They have recently been digitized by the Royal library of Belgium and are readily accessible through the Europeana website.

During WWI, the press was very much censored by the occupying forces. Maps are mentioned nowhere in official publications related to censorship, and consequently little or nothing has been written on their production or diffusion in Belgium at the time. Nonetheless, they constituted important sources of information, together with newspapers and magazines. This contribution discusses some examples of these maps against the background of what is known about the Germans’ censorship policy in occupied Belgium.


Large Public Belgian Government German Army Western Front Print Shop 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Library of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium

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