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Beauplan’s Ukraine: open access georeferenced databases for studies of early modern history of Central and Eastern Europe

Authors
  • Polczynski, Michael
  • Polczynski, Mark
Type
Published Article
Journal
Miscellanea Geographica
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Jul 31, 2019
Volume
23
Issue
3
Pages
185–193
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/mgrsd-2019-0015
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

In 1630, Guillaume Le Vasseur, sieur de Beauplan, travelled to the lands of Poland-Lithuania to begin a seventeen-year military career in the Crown army. The purpose of the Beauplan’s Ukraine (BU) project is to provide a set of open access, georeferenced databases for the populated places, rivers, river fords, river rapids, islands, forests, mountains, valleys, and travel paths that are shown on a selection of maps created by Beauplan. The purpose of this document is to describe how these databases and related materials can be accessed and applied by scholars, with the ultimate goal of this work being to convert the rich source of information provided by Beauplan’s maps into a viable instrument for the laboratory of the historian of south-eastern Europe in Early Modern times.

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