The Imperiia Project

Historical map of Russian North

The Imperiia Project exists for a simple purpose: to study the spatial history of the Russian Empire. Think of it as a long-term, collaborative attempt to explain why “where” matters. It is grounded in the conviction that thinking spatially prompts us to ask new questions, work in new ways, produce new knowledge, communicate that knowledge through new media, and build new communities. To that end, our team infuses the methods of geographic information science into the study of the past. We are building a research platform and exploring the potential of telling “map stories.”

Where To Find Us

Our new website launches on soon. Find us at

Or, go straight to the "master" map: a series of data layers published on the WorldMap platform.

The Imperiia Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.