Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

The history of battles and victories: approaching the history of Russia thought the Russian National Atlas (2004-2008).

Sun2  Apr09:30am(15 mins)
Gilbert Scott Room 250


Sofia Gavrilova1
1 Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Germany


This paper presents a critical analysis of the Russian National Atlas (2004–2008), the presentation of which is based on the tradition of the Soviet school of complex atlas production, and which is the first (and so far only) Soviet and post-Soviet Russian national atlas. Following the critical cartography approach, this paper deconstructs the atlas’ structure and the range of presented maps to decode the construction of the national spatial identity and the imposed “cartographic silences”. Particularly the paper focuses on the historical volume of the atlas and discusses how the historical narrative presented in the paper connects with the victories, wars and military campaigns.