The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Supplement: a ground-level glimpse of Russian towns

Baedeker's Russia: A Handbook for Travelers (1914) is an exquisite historical source. 

(There is nothing like a simple, declarative statement, is there?)

What's that? You remain unconvinced? Then consider perusing this collection of town plans. The plans - all in color - describe 49 locations within the Russian Empire, along with Peking (Beijing) and Teheran (Tehran). They were produced by an outstanding pair of cartographers, Heinrich Wager and Ernst Debes, whose shop was adjacent to that of the Baedeker publishing house in Leipzig. Though the cartography is consistent throughout the set, the maps are printed in German, Swedish, French, and English, depending on location.

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Note: You can access the gallery of plans, with full citation information and dynamic high-resolution viewer, by clicking here.

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