The Myth of the “Russian Threat” in Sweden and Norway: Features of Formation and Transformation in Begining of the 19th Century
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The Myth of the “Russian Threat” in Sweden and Norway: Features of Formation and Transformation in Begining of the 19th Century
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S207987840002191-9-1
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10.18254/S0002191-9-1
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Oksana Zaretskaya 
Affiliation: Lomosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Address: Russian Federation, Arkhangelsk
Andrey Toptunov
Affiliation: Lomosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Address: Russian Federation, Arkhangelsk
Abstract
The formation of the myth of the “Russian threat” in the Scandinavian countries in the begining of the 19th century are studied in the article. Nowadays the study of international relations history is closely connected with the issues of mutual perception and the formation of images of different countries, peoples and cultures. In Norway and Sweden, the images of Russia played and continue to play a significant role. Russian-Norwegian and Russian-Swedish relations have several centuries of asymmetric neighborhood, contacts and conflicts, which undoubtedly influenced the formation of the images of the “eastern neighbor”. In the 19th century in Sweden and Norway various ideas about a possible military threat from Russia begin to emerge, which in historiography were called the myth of the “Russian threat”. Despite the fact that there is no reason to believe that the military “Russian threat” was real, this myth exerted a significant influence on Russian-Swedish, Russian-Norwegian and Swedish-Norwegian relations. At the same time, during the period under review, the notion of a “Russian threat” was supplemented and changed, depending on some or other internal and external factors for Sweden and Norway.
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Myth of the “Russian threat”, European identity, Sweden, Norway, Russia
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05.04.2018
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30.11.2018
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