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Extinguished Countries is a series of guidebooks like no other

We don’t follow today’s borders, but we focus on republics, kingdoms and empires of the past. We’ll take you on a journey to the Republic of Venice, the Habsburg Empire, the Hanseatic League… countries that don’t exist anymore, but that left behind an incredible heritage.

 Our travel books work like pocket time machines. We explore cultural heritage through interviews, maps, illustrations, and podcasts, focusing on what unites us, rather than what divides us. 

This project began with a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and it now reached new heights.

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kilometers cycled to promote our first book

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people backed this project on Kickstarter

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books shipped around the world

The Republic of Venice died in 1797. Now you can visit it.

A thousand years of history. Seven countries. One trip.
Our first guidebook tells the story of the Republic of Venice, the Serenissima, a thousand-year old state that disappeared in 1797. It is a story of maritime routes, spice trade and naval battles. A journey that takes you to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Cyprus, which were once all part of the mighty Serenissima. The book has 320 full-colour pages and dozens of maps, illustrations and photos.

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Towards the Habsburg Empire

A dynasty as powerful as it is mysterious. An Empire on which the sun never sets. Sit back and enjoy the ride: this is the Habsburg EmpireOur second guidebook takes you to Central and Eastern Europe. You’ll discover a fascinating and terrible dynasty, a multilingual and multicultural society and a rich history, the legacy of which is still visible today. Would you like a peek? Subscribe to our newsletter or browse our blog for some exciting stories about this Extinguished Country.

Extinguished Countries Podcast

How much time do you spend cooking, cleaning or commuting? Sometimes that’s boring, but it doesn’t have to be! Next time you’ll be handling chores, grab your phone and give a listen to our podcast!


We produced two series of podcast recounting stories from the time of the Republic of Venice. Where does the word ghetto come from? Where was Marco Polo born? Find out the answers in our podcast.


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Order the books in our shop, and get them within a week directly at your doorstep.


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