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The British Myth of Siberia. Is its Shattering Possible?

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DOI: 10.23977/icrca.2019.010


Svetlana Mitasova, Igor Ivanov, Maria Voronova, Elena Romanova Nina Shutova and Svetlana Yakovleva

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Svetlana Mitasova


The paper studies the specificity of intercultural interaction between Great Britain and Russia through the prism of heteromorphic creations. On the basis of study of periodicals of Siberia, the history of the formation of the "myth of barbaric Siberia" in the view of foreigners is traced, and the socio-economic basis of this process is indicated. The British interest in Siberia was initially based on economic benefits, especially after the construction of the TRANS-Siberian railway in the late XIX century. Gradually interpenetration of cultures was carried out – Siberians began to get acquainted with samples of British literature, painting, equipment and life. The process of the cultural patterns borrowing was complicated by the dissimilarity of mentalities, which resulted in the formation of stereotypes of the two nations about each other. Modern relations between the two countries are characterized by political ambiguity; however, joint exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars, competitions are held. The factors of consolidation of people are actively manifested in sports and cultural events. The authors have come to the conclusion that joint socio-cultural projects are a unique tool for the formation of intercultural dialogue between the people, despite the difference in mentalities.


British and Russian culture, intercultural interaction, heterostereotypes, national mentality

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