Putting Russia on the Map: Using Geographic Resources to Understand Imperial Russian History

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
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CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S354

Maps are crucial tools for managing global systems in the contemporary world. But they were just as crucial for managing imperial systems throughout the early modern and modern eras. They have always been powerful and ubiquitous, but just as often misunderstood.

The rise of the Russian Empire parallels the rise of the map as a tool for mobilizing information. In this workshop, intended for educators at the middle school, high school, and community college level, we will explore the empire of the tsars by studying the way it was measured, labeled, and graphically represented. Through a series of lectures and hands-on activities, we will learn how Russian rulers and subjects saw the empire, and how we can use cartographic sources to examine the relationships between space and society.


Kelly O'Neill, Director, Imperiia Project, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Registration is required. To register, please complete this form. The cost of participation is $25 per person, payable by check. Please make your check out to "President and Fellows of Harvard College" and mail it to:

Ms. Cris Martin
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.