The Profound Vepsian Influences on Russian Culture and Language

Jul 6, 2014 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in July 2012] The Veps are an 8,000-strong Finnic-speaking group that lives in small pockets on the western shores of Lake Onega and in northeastern Leningrad oblast (see the...

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“New City” (and quiz)

Jul 6, 2014 by

[Thanks to S. Goyette for inspiring this post and providing some useful information!] The meanings of many toponyms are rather uncreative, describing features of the physical or social landscape. Perhaps one of the most common among...

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Two Innovations to Revolutionize How People Get Around in Israel

Jun 25, 2014 by

According to The Times of Israel, “The Israel Aerospace Industries campus near Tel Aviv will soon host an experimental new method of urban travel”. “Sleek two-person pods will whisk travelers around experimental...

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Ukraine-Romania Border Conflict over Islands

Jun 25, 2014 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in April 2014] Divided islands, such as Cyprus and Saint Martens, often become bones of contention between sovereign states. Other islands have become the subject of international...

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“Rabinovich for President!”—Will Ukraine Have a Jewish President?...

Jun 25, 2014 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in March 2014] Although for many Ukrainians and Russians the heading of this post may sound as a beginning of an anti-Semitic joke, Ukraine could conceivably soon have a Jewish...

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“In the Ukraine”? “In Ukraine”? “On Ukraine”?—Clarifying the Issue...

Jun 25, 2014 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in March 2014] [Thanks to Rebecca Starr and Matt Adams for a helpful discussion] A recent article in The Washington Post by Katie Zezima asked whether the country should be referred...

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The Rusyn Issue in Zakarpattia (Transcarpathia)

Jun 25, 2014 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in March 2014] As mentioned in Martin Lewis’ GeoCurrents post, Zakarpattia Oblast in far western Ukraine is a perfect example of how ethno-linguistic tensions affect...

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