This book is the result of 20 years of research on the history and culture of the Catholic enclaves in the Odessa region.
Paradise on the Steppe
There were two large scale emigrations of German people to Russia. The first, which took place in 1763-1768 in the reign of Catherine the Great, saw the establishment of 104 agrarian settlements on the lower Volga. A similar but more extensive emigration was promoted by Czar Alexander II in the years 1804-1821, when 181 settlements were established in the region of the Black Sea. This book focuses attention on three of the major enclaves in the Odessa district, in order to present a comprehensive, detailed view of the history and cultural background of a pioneering people who converted the desolate steppe into a paradise of productivity and prosperity.
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