Turn of the Century: Resources, Resources
Technologies and development at the turn of the century increased the demand for connectivities and moving resources to where it is needed. The Caspian remains a backdrop to the expanding and increasing connectivities.
With the demand to move more and more resources, the Russian Railway Network grew and expanded and intensified. This Russian Map does indeed shows the division between the Russian Empire and the othe countried. The connetivity to the Caucuses and to the Black Sea is evident.
This map which shows both the 'North' and 'South' areas of the Caspian Seas and the connectivities become evident. The Caspian Sea is not just a sea here but it also illustrates the division and differences between the technologies, modes of transportation, routes and nodes of connectivity post WWI.