Vladimir Putin might have annexed Crimea in March 2014, but Empress Catherine II did it first. She annexed the Crimean Khanate in 1783, inaugurating a new era in the already long relationship between Moscow and its southern neighbor.
My first book tells the story of what happened in the aftermath of annexation. It does not tell the whole story, of course: inevitably, bits - even juicy bits - are always left out of the history books. This happens for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, when the story you want to tell is spatial in nature, it can be difficult to wrangle the material onto the page.
That is the case here. This story is not in the book. I am not even sure it is a story, per se. What is expressed in these maps is a series of spatial patterns, demographic and cultural shifts, and change over time. For me, the maps, despite being hobbled by incomplete, inconsistent data (par for the course in historical GIS work), provoked an array of research questions. I hope they will do the same for you.