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The Foundational Myth of Russia: Explicating the puzzle behind the foundational myth of Russia and the construction of its contemporary geopolitics
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This dissertation examines the construction of the contemporary Russian geopolitics through the usage of the foundational myth, better known as the Third Rome myth and the center of true Christianity. This is achieved through the analysis of four famous speeches by President Vladimir Putin. These speeches cover the two regions of Ukraine and Georgia, the former being to an internal audience and the latter to a foreign audience. Accompanied with examining the foundational myth, this dissertation also deliberates on how it is being utilized by Putin. In his reconstruction of a new Russia, one that synthesizes the old ideas of greatness alongside the new set of geopolitics. The aims to fulfill are: Firstly, to broaden our understanding of the present and future Russian geopolitics. Secondly, through usage of the myth to develop our understanding of the new environment surrounding hybrid warfare. And especially politics, in form of soft power, that play a significant role where insight can help prevent future conflicts. The method of analysis is of qualitative nature. Speech act by Austin and Searle is employed in order to gain an overview and enable the construction of semiotic squares, that in turn facilitate the actantial models by Greimas.

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2018. , p. 55
Keywords [en]
Myth, Third Rome, Hybrid war, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Speech acts, Actantial model, Semiotic square
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39190OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39190DiVA, id: diva2:1361927
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Political Science
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2018-06-01, Huddinge Konferenscenter, Patron Pehrs väg 3, 141 35, Huddinge, 15:00 (English)
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2019-10-18 Created: 2019-10-17 Last updated: 2019-10-18Bibliographically approved

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