Imperiia: a spatial history of the Russian EmpireMain MenuAboutDashboardsData CatalogMapStoriesGalleriesGamesWho said history was boring?Map ShelfTeach Our ContentCiting the ProjectKelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5The Imperiia Project // Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Curious about the playing cards?
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Explore ethnic, economic, and geographic variation on the cusp of the Great Reforms!
This dataset is sourced from an elegant deck of playing cards created in 1856 to teach members of Russia's elite families about the empire they inhabited. The cards—all 80 of them—provide us with a unique perspective on how the subjects of the tsar “saw” their country on the eve of the emancipation of the serfs.
The dataset contains hundreds of attributes describing the distribution of economic activities, ethnic groups, geographical features, and historical "particularities." If you have ever wondered where tobacco was grown or which provinces were home to volcanos, this is the dataset for you!
The shapefiles include high-quality custom historical boundary data for provinces and autonomous regions, as well as location data for all provincial and district towns.
Early 1850s. (The cards were published in 1856.)
3 semi-autonomous regions (polygons); 77 provinces (polygons); 417 towns (points); 86 rivers (lines)