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Ryssen Kommer: Synen på det ryska hotet i svensk landsortspress, från 1858 - 1898.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The russians are coming : The view of the Russian threat in Swedish rural press, 1858-1898. (English)
Abstract [en]

With this essay, I want to examine the image of Russians in the Swedish rural press during the second half of the 19th century, how rusophobia appeared in Swedish rural press and how the image of Russians changed during this time. To find this out, I set these questions:


 • How was Russians and Russia portrayed in the Swedish rural press?

 • Did the view of Russians change during this time?

The essay is written so that I have interpreted my empirical material to do a discourse analysis in which I analyse different articles that have been written about Russia and Russians in a stereotypical way. The source material used in the thesis comes from 41 news articles; the bulk of the source material comes from newspapers that were published during the late 19th century.

Rural press reporting on Russia and Russians were in the second half of the 19th century mostly negative. Of the 41 articles that were examined it was found that about half were negative, less than one-sixth were positive, while about a third were neutral.

The reason that many of the articles were negative has to do with Sweden's shared history with Russia, with many wars and territorial losses. The negative perception came from the very fact that Russia was Sweden's foremost enemy during the late 19th century. Although the image of Russia was mostly negative, the way the Russians and Russia were portrayed in the late 19th century changed from being obvious negative to have a more concealed negative view. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 62 p.
Keyword [sv]
Ryssar, Ryssland, Rusofobi, 1800 – talets andra hälft, Landsortspress
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-28403OAI: diva2:642774
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Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
Available from: 2013-09-03 Created: 2013-08-23 Last updated: 2013-09-03Bibliographically approved

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