The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

External Waters

This is where Arsen'ev begins - with the empire's "external waters." He divides them into regions and then moves through them (in a bit of a zig-zag) from north to south.

If you usually think of Russia as a land empire, you might find this starting point surprising.

Arsen'ev would be pleased to have already taught you a valuable lesson about Russian geography: oceans mattered. In fact, as you move through the gazetteer, consider pondering the argument that if you ignore the significance of oceans and seas, you risk radically misunderstanding the spatial logic of the empire. We here at the Imperiia project happen to think that argument (eh hem) holds water.

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