The Austian myth about Russia


S.N. Averkina
Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod
V.V. Savina
Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod

The myth about Russia formed in Austrian culture for centuries. Its imagological core changed throughout different periods in history. In general, it fits into the pan-European image of a barbarous (-) / blessed (+) Russian people who is dangerously unpredictable, mysterious in an Asian way, and aspiring to achieve sanctity.
This general statement should be specified in the context of peculiarity of the term “Austrian culture”. It can be explained as a national and geopolitical peculiarity. Historians primarily attribute the formation of the Austrian identity to the growth of the House of Habsburg, the royal potential for the “Danube Empire”. Here one can find examples of multifaceted contacts with the Romanov Empire and even with the pre-Romanov Russia.

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