Three principles guide our compilation of works:
- Immediacy of experience: literary works or essays had to be written in the 1914-1922 period, and on Russian terrain, though not in other non-Russian parts of the empire.
- Topological relevance: works must deploy images of place, emphasizing, though not limited to, geographical, geopolitical, or geo-cultural place.
- Preference for writers beyond the capital “perception bubbles”: we give priority to little-known or unknown writers. Only about 15% of MAPRR writers are widely known writers.