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
12019-07-22T15:46:54-04:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f591image from the Geographical Atlas; The strange orientation of the sea is caused by the projection of the map from which it is excerpted. The composite map included in the atlas shows only the northern and eastern coasts - those portions of the Black Sea controlled by the Russian Empire.plain2019-07-23T00:21:36-04:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5
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12018-09-27T08:31:37-04:00Black Sea1gazetteer entryimage_header2019-08-09T18:09:47-04:00The Short Universal Geography distinguishes between the empire's "southwestern" and "southern" waters. The former was dominated by the Black Sea; the latter by the Caspian. Despite their proximity, these seas constituted different worlds, both in hydrographical and cultural terms.
New and Complete Geographical Dictionary (part 6, pages 212-213) Toponym: Chernoe more (Russian equivalent of the Turkish, Kara Deniz) Dimensions: 6650 versts or 950 geographical miles in circumference
What Lev Maksimovich would have you remember about the Black Sea:
Storms on the Black Sea are no more cruel than those on other seas. However, because the sea is enclosed, the resulting waves turn back ferociously on each other, posing a real danger to ships. Moreover, the coast offers few safe harbors.
The Black Sea is fed by the Danube, Dnestr, Bug, Dneper, Don, Kuban, and Rioni. The prevalence of river waters - i.e., fresh water - explains why large portions of the Black Sea freeze in winter.
The Black Sea connects to the Sea of Marmara in the southwest, and to the Azov Sea in the northeast.
The Crimean peninsula is the most remarkable landmass in the sea. It is the equivalent of the Peloponnese.
A unique perspective on the northern coast of the Black Sea