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The Representation of the Warring Parties During the Russo-Japanese Conflict in American Periodicals in 1904-1905

Student: Polina Barabanova

Supervisor: Alexander Khriakov

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2018

This work is devoted to the formation and transformation of images of Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese war in American periodical newspapers. The main sources of this work are the newspapers: The New York Times, Los Angeles Herald and Whittier News (since 1905 Whittier Daily News). The selection of newspapers was carried out on the basis of the territorial belonging of the periodic publications, as well as party affiliation of these newspapers. This selection helps to determine the influence of these factors on the rhetoric of periodicals. The aim of the work is to identify the main trends in the process of image formation of Russia and Japan in the American press of the period of the Russo-Japanese War. The main approach of the study is based on the consideration of the Russo-Japanese War as a phenomenon that influenced the perception of Russia and Japan in the public opinion of the United States. The work shows the main stages of the transformation of images of the belligerents, a comparison of the rhetoric of newspapers, reveals the main factors that influenced the formation and transformation of images of Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese conflict.

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