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Dictionary Project, Volume X: Asia

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 19.

More crunchy name goodness on this, map! It’s fascinating to me how names come and go. Oh, and looky there, the border between Greece and Turkey on this map (and on yesterday’s, I just checked) is so far away from the modern border that I never even noticed it, cutting modern Greece in half that way.

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Dictionary Project, Volume X: The Balkan Peninsula & Turkey in Europe

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 18.

We move south from The Russias of yesteryear to the Balkan Peninsula of yesteryear! As we’ve come to expect, the borders are different now.

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Dictionary Project, Volume X: Russia

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 17.

There’s a ton of crunchy goodness on today’s map of Russia in Europe, with Poland and Finland. The first map gives an overview of the whole of Russia, and the second is a closer look at the southern and western portions, which were presumably the most populous at the time. Look how small Russia is, compared to today! Siberia looks to be a separate country, which probably accounts for part of that. But my favourite is the names (of course).

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Dictionary Project, Volume X: Switzerland

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 16.

Switzerland here looks very much like it does today; I can’t see any obvious difference in the shapes of the borders. I didn’t know, though, that the border runs through Lake Geneva!

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