Map Quiz

The map quiz will take place in class, Wednesday, October 13, at the beginning of the period.

You will find attached to the initial course hand-out an outline map to use as a worksheet for locating the items on the list below.  You may wish to make additional copies of it for worksheets before you start marking it up. An unmarked copy of this same outline map will be provided for the quiz, at which time you will be expected to locate on it some 10-15 items selected by the instructor from those listed below.   Most items can be located in a good world atlas or on maps that can be accessed through the course web site.  Also, you can consult maps in the texts ordered for the course or in a general textbook such as Nicholas Riasanovsky, A History of Russia, many copies of which are around.  There are various historical atlases of Russia; one of the easiest to use is that by Allen F. Chew, An Atlas of Russian History, many maps from which are now available in your course materials.  There are links to other collections of maps which you can access from that same "Maps" page in the "Course Materials".  Should there be any places you cannot locate, be sure to ask in class no later than Tuesday, October 12, or via e-mail in advance of the quiz on the 13th.

As a general strategy, it is a good idea to mark first the big and obvious items--for example, bodies of water. Then it is important to get the rivers in the right place (you can usually trace them by going upstream from the body of water into which they flow). With that framework in place, locating the towns accurately should be possible. Note that most towns are in fact on rivers or other bodies of water, not somewhere vaguely between rivers. For the map quiz you will be expected to provide locations as precise as possible (e.g., it would not do to sprawl "Moscow" across the center of the map without a dot or arrow indicating where it is). Historic boundaries (the first section of the listings below) are bound to be approximate, but I expect at least a reasonable overlap with the territories you would find marked on maps you have consulted.

Approximate borders of:
Kievan Rus'
The Novgorodian Republic in the 14th century
Muscovy at the death of Dmitrii Donskoi (1389)
Muscovy at the death of Vasilii III (1533)
Muscovy at the death of Ivan IV (1584)
Muscovy at the accession of Peter the Great (1682)
The Golden Horde
The Crimean Khanate
The Khazar State
The Khanate of Kazan
Lithuania (medieval, not today)
The Khanate of Astrakhan
Khazar state

Baltic Sea     Black Sea      Sea of Azov     Caspian Sea      Volga R.     Donets R.

Dnieper R.     W. Dvina R.          N. Dvina R.     Don R.      White Sea    Volkhov R.    Viatka R.

L. Ilmen     L. Onega       Kiev      Chernigov     Pereiaslavl     Riazan      Moscow

Vladimir (on the Kliazma R.)      Vladimir (in Volyn)    Constantinople (Istanbul)     Vologda

Ladoga     Beloozero      Oka R.     Kama R.     L. Ladoga     Tmutorokan     Gnezdovo

Riurikovo Gorodishche         Bulgar     Kazan      Riazan     Suzdal      Rostov     Smolensk

Polotsk     Galich      Iaroslavl    Tver     The Crimea     Arkhangelsk     Kholmogory    Khlynov (Viatka, Kirov)

Sarkel     Sarai      Novgorod     Pskov      Izborsk    Ural Mtns.    Sol' Vychegodsk    (Velikii) Ustiug