Slavery, Freedom, and the 18th-Century Jamaican Landscape

Maroons ambush British troops on the Dromilly Estate, Jamaica / British Library, Public Domain Jamaican Maroons fought two major wars against the British during the 18th century. With reference to maps and views in the King’s Topographical Collection, Miles Ogborn investigates these communities of escaped slaves and their attempts to retain their freedom in a[…]

Roman Era Map Shows Large Now-Sunken Island Off Black Sea Coast

Location of the sunken island of Cyanida / Kianida on Ptolemy’s 9th European Map (Nona Europae Tabula) published in the Reichenbach Monastery in 1467. The sizable island was likely located off the coast of the spot of today’s Black Sea border of Bulgaria and Turkey. Map: Wikipedia, National Library in Warsaw, Poland A sizable but now[…]

A Geographical Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa

Photo by Edward Harris, Africa Progress Panel, Creative Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.03.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Identifying the Boundaries Figure 7.1 The Continent of Africa / Map courtesy of University of Texas Libraries Subsaharan Africa includes the African countries south of the Sahara Desert. The African Transition Zone cuts across the southern edge of the Sahara[…]

The Caucusus as Cultural Transition between East and West

A map of the Russian Caucasus published in Tiflis in 1903 / history.az via Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Zaur Gasimov / 11.17.2011 Professor of History Orient-Institut Istanbul Abstract The multi-ethnic Caucasus, an area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, was subject to foreign imperial domination for the great majority of its history, during[…]

A Sociopolitical Geography of Russia

Figure 3.1 Map of Russia / CIA World Factbook Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.25.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction – Identifying the Boundaries Russia is the largest country in physical area—almost twice the size of the United States. The country extends from its European core, where most of the population live, across the Ural Mountains into[…]

Regions of Europe and Historical Patterns

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.12.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Identifying the Boundaries Europe is a continent of peninsulas, islands, and varied landforms. The traditional boundaries of the European continent include the North Atlantic Ocean to the west and Russia up to the Ural Mountains to the east. Since the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, Russia[…]

An Introduction to World Geography: People, Places, and Globalization

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.01.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Introduction The discipline of geography bridges the social sciences with the physical sciences and can provide a framework for understanding our world. By studying geography, we can begin to understand the relationships and common factors that tie our human community together. The world[…]

The Peoples, Languages, and History of the Pyrenees Region

Sainte-Cecile Cathedral overlooking the Tarn River, Albi, France. Midi- Pyrénées / Encyclopedia Britannica  By Dr. Friedrich Edelmayer / 05.31.2012 Professor of Austrian and Medieval History Universität Wien Abstract The Pyrenees region encompasses areas from the Kingdom of Spain, the Republic of France and the Principality of Andorra. It is also linguistically heterogeneous. In addition to[…]

Portugal and the Building of Atlantic Telegraph Networks

Map of the 1858 Atlantic Cable route / Public Domain By Dr. Ana Paula Silva Postdoctoral Researcher Interuniversity Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT) New University of Lisbon Introduction Most of the existing studies on submarine cables are built from a national point of view, stressing how great powers, namely Great Britain,[…]

Constantine VII and the Historical Geography of the Byzantine Empire

Emperor Constantine VII dining with Tsar Symeon of Bulgaria, 13th century / History of John Skylitzes (Skyllitzes Matritensis (Biblioteca Nacional de España) By Dr. Paul Magdalino Emeritus Professor of Byzantine History University of St. Andrews History and geography were fundamental to the identity of Byzantium as an ecumenical empire with a long existence in time and an outreach that extended to three continents.[…]

The Curious Relationship between Altitude and Suicide

Does living at a higher altitude affect your mental health? VAndreas/shutterstock.com By Dr. Hoehun Ha / 11.05.2017 Assistant Professor of Geography Auburn University at Montgomery Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. In the next 20 years, it’s expected to cause more than 2 million deaths per year worldwide, ranking 14th in the world[…]

Five Fascinating Micronations

Source: D. Papallini / Wikimedia Commons By K. Kusch The Basement Geographer There are microstates, and then there are micronations. While a microstate is an internationally recognised sovereign entity (e.g., Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City), micronations are a bit fuzzier in their definition (as Micronation Central states it, ‘a micronation is any entity which purports[…]