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This Meager Nature
Landscape and National Identity in Imperial Russia
"An elegant, stimulating and compelling work."—Slavic and East European Journal
"Superbly researched, well written, and incisive."—The Historian
"[Ely] deftly succeeds in bringing the Russian landscape, as it existed in the imaginations of travel writers, poets, and painters, into a bold new perspective."—Journal of Modern History
Boundless Russia, humble yet full of hidden grandeur—such visions of "the motherland" became crucial markers of Russian national identity. This Meager Nature is the first full-length study to trace the cultural construction of Russia's landscape during the nineteenth century, showing how artistic and literary representations of nature reflected and shaped Russians' ideas about themselves and their nation.
(2002) 289 pp., illus., biblio., index
Christopher Ely is Assistant Professor of History at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. He lives in West Palm Beach with his wife and two children.
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