Google Sightseeing: Fakin’ It!

The concept of a Potemkin village dates back to the late 18th century, when tales spread that the Russian military leader and governor Grigoriy Potyomkin (Potemkin) had ordered the construction of temporary, false-facaded ‘villages’ in his territory to impress visiting officials. The areas of the southern Russian Empire under Potyomkin’s governorship (‘New Russia‘, today’s southern…

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A Gallery of Contrasts Along International Borders

We may think of borders as merely invisible lines on maps, but over time these ‘imaginary’ lines can become very real indeed. Countries regulate (or fail to regulate) the usage of their lands in very different ways. US astronaut and former NASA Chief Scientist John Grunsfeld remarked earlier this year how the differences in land…

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Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part VII: East Asia and Southeast Asia/Oceania)

Today, we present the second-to-last portion of our multi-part look at places around the world where a regional name at-large is used on both opposing sides of the border in the official names of administrative divisions.   Korea (North Korea/South Korea) Source: Kokiri, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Korean_dmz_map.png.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. This, of…

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