On this website we will try to collect information that concerns historical and geographical studies conducted, first of all, within the Center for Historical Geography and Cartography and, besides, at the other departments of the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Thus, our tasks are not limited to promoting the results of our own work. They also include an attempt of a certain consolidation of colleagues-historians around spatial aspects of this area of scientific knowledge. Quite often their studies deal with these aspects, but not always historical and geographical components are represented as an independent significant element of the scientific research.
In our opinion, this website might be useful for both the staff of the Institute and a wide range of people whose interests anyway combine history and geography. Links from the homepage lead to pages of separate scientific groups which are connected with historical and geographical studies to varying degrees. The site also has pages devoted to significant news from this sphere. Below we reproduce the text written by Dr. Irina Konovalova, the chief of the Center for Historical Geography and Cartography at the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This text considers a general characteristic of the last years’ studies of historical geography that took place at our Institute.