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This Meager Nature: Landscape and National Identity in Imperial Russia Hardcover – 19 Sep 2002

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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press (19 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875803032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875803036
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,258,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Elegant, fine writing.... A significant contribution to Imperial Russian history." - Cathy Frierson, author of Peasant Icons

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CHRISTOPHER ELY is Assistant Professor of History at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University.

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A Special Sense of Place 14 Oct 2002
By Joan Goody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ely's elegant prose drew this reader, who knows little of Russia, into a new landscape and illuminated the ways it was seen (and not seen) by its nineteenth century inhabitants. Although I was familiar with references to the Russian landscape in literature, I knew nothing of the Russian landscape painters of the nineteenth century. Ely introduces this fascinating subject and guides one through the work of such painters as Shishkin and Vasil'ev (with fine illustrations) to an appreciation of the way they saw and painted their native land. He then links this to a developing sense of national identity in the Russia of this period.
I was particularly interested in what this suggests about the role of a nation's landscape in its national myth, in the role it plays as a source of common pride in one's country and the ways we choose to portray specific features of our landscape to ourselves.
A good read from start to finish.
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