«Нам жаль русских, …нужно помочь страдальцам» = “We feel sorry for the russians, ...we need to help the sufferers”

Boldin, Vladimir A. and Kurginova, Darya Yu and Shirinyants, Alexandr A. (2023) «Нам жаль русских, …нужно помочь страдальцам» = “We feel sorry for the russians, ...we need to help the sufferers”. RUSSIANSTUDIES.HU, 5 (2). pp. 121-136. ISSN 26770660


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The aim of this article is to trace the origins of Russophobic stereotypes and myths in Japan and to analyze their features and traits. In the article the authors scrutinize writings by Japanese politician and public figure Uchida Ryohei (1874–1937) which are dedicated to the Russian Empire and the “Manchurian question.” Uchida’s writings were found in the collections of the Russian State Military Historical Archive and the National Diet Library of Japan. The hypothesis of the article is that Uchida Ryohei was one of the main ideologists and creators of Russophobiс stereotypes and myths in the Japanese Empire. It was around Uchida Ryohei that proponents of anti-Russian views and people who were impatient to start the war against the Russian Empire united. The article goes on to demonstrate that Uchida Ryohei’s writings and political activities played a key role in the initiation of the Russo-Japanese war (1904–1905) and in shaping a negative image of Russia in Japanese public opinion at the beginning of the 20th century. What’s more, Uchida’s cultural heritage is still in demand in modern Japan.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Russophobia, Russo-Japanese war, Uchida Ryohei, international relations, Russian empire, Japanese Empire
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > DK Russia, Soviet Union, Former Soviet Republics / Oroszország
J Political Science / politológia > JZ International relations / nemzetközi kapcsolatok, világpolitika
Depositing User: Beáta Bavalicsné Kerekes
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2023 12:23
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2023 12:26

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