"I detta sibiriska Babel": – Coping och religiös föreställningsvärld hos svenska soldater i kriget mot Ryssland 1707-1721
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this essay is to study diaries and letters from Swedish soldiers during the Great Nordic War, more specifically those written during the campaign 1707-1721 against Russia, in search of religious coping and religious parables. The theoretic framework is evolved around Kenneth Pargament’s theory about religious coping, and Ana-Maria Rizzuto’s theory about object relations. The method used can be described as hermeneutic.
The questions at hand were:
- How did Swedish soldiers during the war against Russia relate to God, and express image of God and religious concepts?
- Did the soldiers express themselves in terms of spiritual coping and in that case to what extent?
The conclusions were that the soldiers used religious coping as a method of survival. They used all methods as stated by Pargament, except the method that involves cooperation with God, unless you count being God’s humble servant as a way of cooperation.Several diaries features songs and poems and many expresses prayers and faith in God. The soldiers express themselves with parables to the Old Testament, for ex-ample to the Babylonian captivity. The language of the diaries changes after the defeat of Poltava 1709, to a richer one full of religious parables.
Keywords: Spiritual coping, soldiers, Great Nordic War, Charles the XII, Kenneth Pargament.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Spirituell coping, Pargament, stora nordiska kriget, objektrelationsteori, Rizzuto
History of Religions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226746OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-226746DiVA: diva2:727165
Subject / course
History of Religion and Social Sciences of Religion
Cetrez, Andreas Önver