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"I detta sibiriska Babel": – Coping och religiös föreställningsvärld hos svenska soldater i kriget mot Ryssland 1707-1721
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

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.

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Keyword [sv]
Spirituell coping, Pargament, stora nordiska kriget, objektrelationsteori, Rizzuto
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History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226746OAI: diva2:727165
Subject / course
History of Religion and Social Sciences of Religion
Available from: 2014-06-24 Created: 2014-06-19 Last updated: 2014-06-24Bibliographically approved

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