Old News: Cartographies of Tsardom in Leonardo

There was an absolutely terrific review of Valerie Kivelson’s Cartographies of Tsardom in the February 2007 issue of Leonardo—this is very old news, for a blog, but when I happened upon this review today I couldn’t resist. Steafaan Van Ryssen writes: “Students of Russian history will find in this book a balanced and very careful re-evaluation of some aspects of the Muscovy worldview. How did people think of Nature, the power structure they were living in, and the rights of colonized and colonizers? They will also get access to full-color reproductions of some of the most extraordinary maps made in that period. For the lay reader, with little or no background in either cartography or Russian history, this is simply a delightful treasure of novel ideas and eye-openers. From now on, forget about Mercator, and remember Semen Remezov!” Your correspondent loves those maps, too. Read the whole review here: Leonardo Reviews

Old News: Cartographies of Tsardom in Leonardo