Garden of the Empire: Catherine's Appropriation of the Crimea

  title={Garden of the Empire: Catherine's Appropriation of the Crimea},
  author={Andreas Sch{\"o}nle},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  pages={1 - 23}
This paper investigates the ramifications of the garden trope, as Catherine the Great and Grigorii Potemkin applied it to the Crimea after Russia's annexation in 1783. Schönle argues that Catherine conceived of the province as a kind of garden and that she did so in order to bolster the identification of the Crimea with the garden of Eden and thus appeal to the paradise myth that became an intrinsic part of Russia's ideology of imperial power. The Crimean garden was meant to exemplify the… Expand
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