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A loyal public against an evil enemy?: Comparing how Russia, Denmark, and Poland were communicated as the otherin the Swedish Posttidningar during times of war, 1699–1743
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study explores the Swedish portrayals of Russians as compared to Danes and Polesand how they changed over time during the Great Northern War and Russo-SwedishWar (1741–1743). Through the Swedish state-run Posttidningar, the information deliveredby the state indicates that the circumstances of war and the power of the enemy leaderswere more significant than specific attributes of the enemy other in forming collectiveSwedish identity. Creating these collective sentiments was an essential tool for the stateto affirm the cooperation of its population during times of war. The information aboutthe enemy affects the transformation of a semi-public sphere in Sweden by providing acommon knowledge base to discuss and understand a changing view of its place inEurope. By depicting the enemy in flexible terms, the Swedish state desires its populationto cooperate based on the threat of war, common knowledge, and Sweden’s place inEurope, rather than solidarity against a static religious or political other.

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2012. , 78 p.
Keyword [en]
Great Northern War; Russo-Swedish War; Charles XII; Peter the Great; identity; newspapers; public sphere; Habermas; nationalism; ethnicity; patriotism; religion; Sweden; Russia; Poland; Denmark; early modern period; Posttidningar; Post- och Inrikes Tidningar.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175308OAI: diva2:530919
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-05 Created: 2012-06-05 Last updated: 2012-06-05Bibliographically approved

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