The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire


Russian towns ranged from glamorous imperial capitals (St. Petersburg and Moscow) to humble backwaters hardly distinguishable from the villages that surrounded them. Some were located in the heart of the empire; others occupied sites on the periphery. Some had existed for centuries; others were called into existence by Peter I or Catherine II. Some have receded into the shadows; others are still "on the map" so to speak.

For rich histories of selected towns, consult the Urban Atlas.

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