World War I Maps

January 2014-December 2014
Main Floor, Musslman Library

War Strength of the Great PowersOn loan from the memorabilia collection of Lynda and Lawrence Taylor are two original folding maps that accompany the Poster Art of World War I exhibit. Until December of 2014, the maps will alternate being on display in the case located outside the Browsing Room on Musselman Library's main floor.

Produced by the British newspaper Daily Mail, the map of Great Britain, Europe, Russia and the Ottoman Empire allowed the civilian population to visualize the fighting on the continent and to become more invested in the war effort.  An unusual feature of this 100-year-old item is the legend that compares the war strength and the peace strength of the Great Powers.

Dardanelles, Sea of Marmara and BosporusThe 1915 map of the Dardanelles, Sea of Marmara and the Bosporus would have been of vital interest to the concerned British population at the time of its publication. Unsuccessful attempts by the British and French to secure a sea route to Russia through the Dardanelles were followed by a land campaign to try to capture the capital city, Constantinople (Istanbul). Located on the Gallipoli peninsula, the eight month land campaign against the Ottoman Empire also failed and heavy casualties occurred on both sides.