Canvas Empire: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Teach Our Content

Our content isn't just a bunch of (arguably) pretty pictures. Our maps, galleries, games, and stories are designed to be used - in your research or in your classroom.

We want you to engage. Click. Zoom. Canvas Empire is not a textbook. It doesn't tell the story of the Russian Empire from beginning to end. Instead, it offers countless portals into that world. We want you to come to us when you are feeling curious or looking for something to pursue - when what you need is a solid research question. 

This section contains ready-made assignments. You can dive right in or adapt them for your own purposes. 

Do you (or your students) need to know Russian history? For the most part, no. The main goal here is to share something about how maps work as graphic devices, why they are important as historical sources, and how they can change the way we think about the world, both past and present.

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