Larry Wolff


On his book The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture

Cover Interview of August 15, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Geopolitical space may survive in consciousness even after vanishing from the map.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“‘Eastern Europe’ was in fact invented, along with ‘Western Europe’—but since it was invented in the West, it was Western Europe that appropriated for itself the identity of the civilized half of the continent while Eastern Europe was characterized by relative backwardness.”

On the second:

“The map of Europe, as we see it at any given moment, represents the contingent reshuffling of many different forms that have appeared and disappeared over centuries.”