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Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825
1453 Through the Reign of Ivan the Terrible (1533-1584) The Time of Troubles to the First Romanovs (1598-1682) Peter the Great and His Legacy (1682-1762) The Age of Catherine the Great (1762-1801) The Reign of Emperor Alexander I (1801-1825)


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Russia's Globalization:
A Key

Events marked Russia Symbol are specific to Muscovy/Russia's internal development.
Those marked World Symbol are important world historical or cultural events.
Engagement Symbol indicates specific points of sociocultural or military engagement between Muscovy/Russia and foreign powers or individuals.

Engagement Symbol   Russian Conquests, 1734: A German Depiction
    Russian Conquests, 1734: A German Depiction
NYPL, Slavic and Baltic Division
Russia Symbol   Peter’s Triumph
    Peter’s Triumph
NYPL, Map Division
Russia Symbol   A Mature Peter
    A Mature Peter
Slavic and Baltic Division

Engagement Symbol   Russians Learn the Art of French Fortifications
    Russians Learn the Art of French Fortifications
NYPL, Slavic and Baltic Division

World Symbol   Mapping Muslim Kingdoms
    Mapping Muslim Kingdoms
NYPL, Map Division

World Symbol   India’s Mughal Treasure-House
    India’s Mughal Treasure-House
NYPL, General Research Division

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World Symbol     Mapping Muslim Kingdoms

Joan Blaeu (1596–1673)
Grooten atlas, oft Werelt beschryving [The Great Atlas, or, A Description of the World]
Amsterdam, 1648–64
NYPL, Map Division

This Dutch map of the Asian continent, centered on West Asia, suggests the exoticism of these regions, as well as neighboring Muscovite Russia. Central Asia is typified by a camel; India by an elephant. Square-rigged galleons sail the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea; a whale spouts at top right. The outer margins present vividly hand-colored costume drawings of “Muscovites,” “Tatars,” and others.