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The Ruler in the Garden

Politics and Landscape Design in Imperial Russia


Andreas Schönle

Contents: Imperial Self-Cultivation: The View from Tsarskoe Selo – Garden of the Empire: Catherine II’s Appropriation of the Crimea – Horticultural Theodicy: The Pragmatics of Wonder (A.T. Bolotov) – Oppositional Theme Park: The Inscription of Courtly Politics (A.B. Kurakin) – The Early Reception of the Picturesque and Karamzin’s Invention of a National Landscape – The Landscape of the Russian Soul: The Embrace of Unpicturesque Uniformity – Laying Bare the Estate: Tolstoy’s Moral Experiment – Blissful Living in a Garden and its Politics – Contemporary Gardening and the Rejection of the Public Sphere.