An Imperial Idyll. Finland in Russian Travelogues (1810-1860)

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serval:BIB_68CB04C1033E
Type
PhD thesis: a PhD thesis.
Collection
Publications
Title
An Imperial Idyll. Finland in Russian Travelogues (1810-1860)
Author(s)
Minard Nathanaelle
Director(s)
Meinander Henrik, Wolff Charlotta
Institution details
University of Helsinki
Address
Yliopistonkatu 4
00100 Helsinki
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ISBN
978-951-653-413-1
ISSN
0067-8481
Publication state
Accepted
Issued date
03/09/2016
Language
english
Number of pages
350
Abstract
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Russian nobility discovered the pristine landscapes of Finland. Travelling from St. Petersburg, they described the territory newly annexed to the Empire as a Northern Arcadia, a rural haven for their body and soul, while Finns were seen as peaceful "children of Nature", humble and honest.
How did these idyllic images of Finland develop? More particularly, what was the value of these perceptions in the Russian imperial context? Based on published travel accounts, the study investigates the process through which Russians came to describe Finland as a part of their Empire. As a historical survey of the construction of Russian representations of Finland, it shds a new light on places such as Imatra, Helsingfors, or the Saimaa Canal by analysing their creation as remarkable sites as a component of Russian imperialism,
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