The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

The "last, best" guidebook

When journalist Harrison Salisbury first visited the Soviet Union in 1944, he tucked a copy of what he called “the last, best” guidebook into his gas mask bag. It (the book, not the gas mask) had been published, for the first time in English, in 1914 in Leipzig by the famous Baedeker publishing house. /tweet-end
30 years and dozens of visits later, Salisbury still described the volume as “more accurate, more complete and more revealing than any” description of Russia published since. /tweet-end

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