The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Beautiful Spaces

This is a history of Crimea, though it is not the kind of history you have likely encountered before. Rather than reconstructing political events or cultural developments, this project puts the idea of location front and center. It attempts to reconstruct the places and spaces of Crimea in the years after the first Russian annexation in April 1783. It explores the value of distance and proximity, density and diffusion, access and isolation, as tools of historical analysis. In so doing, it sheds light on the ways in which the built and natural environments shaped daily life in (arguably) the most beautiful corner of the tsarist empire.

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