Winter canal
Зимняя канавка (Winter Canal) in St. Petersburg with
the Эрмитажный мост (Hermitage Bridge) in the
background. The canal connects the Neva River with
the Moika River next to the Winter Palace.

The Harder St. Petersburg
Map Assignment

I now have available on the web two, old maps of St. Petersburg, Russia which I have been able to digitize. It took a little bit of doing and manipulating, but I think that they came out pretty nice.

The St. Petersburg map from 1897 is pretty large, about 30" x 24" or so, and serves as the basis of the Simpler St. Petersburg Map Assignment (SSPMA).

The St. Petersburg map from 1914 is also very large, maybe 35" x 25", very detailed, and it is part of this assignment, the Harder St. Petersburg Map Assignment (HSPMA)!

As I mention on the introduction to the SSPMA, the decade of the 1890s was a time of sweeping transformation of the Russian capital city of St. Petersburg, as rapid industrialization encouraged by Count Serge Witte, the Minister of Finance, brought the establishment of large factory complexes to the city and the creation of working class suburbs to house the hundreds of thousands of workers needed for those factories. Count Witte was a firm believer in the need for railroads in Russia, and to build railroads, Russia needed a developed network of heavy industry. St. Petersburg became the central point of Russia's industrial network.

Consider these two short, simplified statistics that help to illustrate the rapid growth (and changing nature) of the city between 1897 and 1914:

In a two-page paper, compare the 1897 and 1914 maps, and explain what you can discover about St. Petersburg at this time from looking at and analyzing these old maps. We can learn a lot from old maps, and these are excellent quality maps for us to look at more closely. I think that these are great maps! Of course, one map is in French, and the other map is in Russian, and so that might make your task a bit more challenging, but you can still pick up some of the changing features on the maps. You should aim for finding more than ten comments/items about the city from these maps.

You should also watch my video remarks about this assignment.

Here are some formal requirements for your paper:

Your assignment should be submitted on Blackboard following the directions for submitting assignments.