Dalla Tauride alla Tavrida
Introduzione al mito della Crimea nella cultura russa
Over thousands of years Crimea has represented a space of crucial economic and cultural encounter between Eurasia and the Mediterranean Sea. Throughout its long history Crimea has been inhabited by many peoples, none of which can however be exclusively bound to this region. Nevertheless, the long rule of the Tatars, which began in the thirteenth century and lasted until the Russian conquest in 1783, has a special meaning in the history of Crimea. During the Tsarist period Crimea has had both a great strategic importance as a major stronghold of the Russian fleet and a paramount role in the cultural sphere. As a matter of fact the rich historical memories, the beautiful Mediterranean landscape and the ‘Eastern’ dimension of this region contributed to the creation of the multisided myth of Crimea within the Russian culture.