Imperiia: a spatial history of the Russian EmpireMain MenuAboutDashboardsData CatalogMapStoriesGalleriesGamesWho said history was boring?Map ShelfTeach Our ContentCiting the ProjectKelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5The Imperiia Project // Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
12020-11-11T11:05:28-05:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f591detail from the Special Map of European Russia, list 1 (1915)plain2020-11-11T11:05:28-05:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5
12020-10-27T01:53:21-04:00Nieborow10Baedeker locationplain2020-12-15T00:02:50-05:0052.07771, 20.06902Near this small town is a Radziwill château "with valuable pictures, a library, fine gardens, and a large orangery."
(Page 4 says so. I did not disembark to find out whether Baedeker is lying.) Distance from Alexandrovo: 139 versts
12020-11-11T10:53:32-05:00Arcadia5plain2020-11-11T11:09:53-05:00Arcadia is not on the General Map of Russia contained in the Handbook. Nor could I find it on the sheet from Johnston's Royal Atlas.
I was a bit chagrined until a gentleman passing my compartment happened to notice me bent in frustration over my maps. He explained that he relies on the "Special Map of European Russia," which Baedeker mentioned in the list of recommendation. The "Special" map is in Russian, however, meaning that I wouldn't have been able to read it even if it had been available for purchase in the shops in London.
I am no linguist, sure, but I am no slouch, either. I have logged hours on the train studying the Russian alphabet. I can more or less make out the letters now. And I recognized the word "Arcadia" when the gentleman pointed it out to me.
I have drawn a rectangle around it, to mark the place.
(When he left, the scent of fine tobacco lingered.)