GeoHistories

GeoHistories seek to understand the history of locations from the basis of geography. Geography plays a foundational role in a location’s development by providing the foundations of weather, soil, trade and invasion routes, and demographics. From the basis of these perceivable, quantifiable facts, we can build a solidly practical understanding of a location, its people, government, economy, and culture.

Central Asia

Central Asia: Core and Periphery Central Asia is, by its most common definition, those five “stans” that were formerly Soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,…

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Krakow

Krakow: Poland’s Cultural Capital Krakow was the Polish capital from 1038 to 1596 or approximately from the Kingdom of Poland’s historical founding through its golden…


Crimea

Crimea: Prosperity in Unity or Separatism? “Prosperity in Unity” is the official motto of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a parliamentary republic that exists within…


Ukraine

Ukraine: Between Russia and Europe Ukraine is no longer “The Ukraine.” For centuries, the definite article was considered appropriate, given the land’s history and the…


Transdnestria

Transdnestria: A European Nowhere Transdnestria, or The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (which is the full name its government uses) lies mostly within in a single narrow…


Moldova

Moldova: Divided on the Edge of Europe The republic of Moldova may to some appear to be something of an afterthought – a small, landlocked…


Kiev

Kiev: At the Center of a Divided Country The ancient city of Kiev continues to thrive as the most populous city of Ukraine. Much like…


Lviv

Lviv: A Turbulent Time Capsule With a population that is 88% ethnically Ukrainian, Lviv is one of the strongholds of what can be considered Ukrainian…


Odessa

Odessa: A City Born Again and Again As the third largest city in Ukraine, Odessa has a rich and eclectic history. Located on the Black…


Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan: A Rich, Desert Land Turkmenistan consists mostly of sparsely-inhabited desert, but has still found itself contested between civilizations throughout history. Over the past century,…


South Ossetia

South Ossetia: Old Territory, New Problems South Ossetia is one of the world’s newest independent states according to Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and the microstates of…


Tbilisi

Tbilisi: The Immortal City These days, a visitor to Tbilisi might be struck by the calm, southern European atmosphere that pervades this hilly capital. The…