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«На русской стороне всё тихо»: русские люди и места по материалам шведских газет 1700– 1721 гг. (социолингвистические этюды).

Journal article
Authors Thomas Rosén
Published in Bulletin of Moscow Region State University. Series: Russian Philology
Volume 2019
Issue 5
Pages 148-153
ISSN 2072-8522
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 148-153
Language ru
Keywords Great Northern War, Peter the Great, Charles XII, Russo-Swedish relations, history of mass media, personal names, toponyms
Subject categories General Language Studies and Linguistics, History


During wartime, people far away from theatres of operation are anxious to receive news from the front. The present article deals with Swedish newspaper reports on the Great Northern War (1700– 1721), a conflict in which an alliance consisting of Russia, Denmark, and Saxony-Poland faced Sweden and her allies, the Duchy of Holstein-Gottorp and, between 1710 and 1713, the Ottoman Empire. The article’s main focus rests on the reproduction of Russian personal names and toponyms in what was effectively Sweden’s sole existing newspaper during the period Ordinarie Stockholmiske Post-Tijdender. The publication was closely monitored by the state. The present investigation, which is based on an analysis of the entire body of preserved newspaper texts, offers new insights into onomastic aspects of the studied materials. These findings constitute important indicators of Russo-Swedish contacts during wartime and show the knowledge of Russian outside Russia during the eighteenth century.

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