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National Discourse of the White Movement (1917 - 1921).

Student: Denis Yudin

Supervisor: Alexander Reznik

Faculty: School of Arts and Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 7

Year of Graduation: 2020

This research paper is dedicated to the national discourse of the White Movement during the Civil War in Russia (1917 – 1921). It attempts to take a fresh look into the White Movement’s ideological foundation, its origins in the 1917 revolution and subsequent evolution throughout the course of the Civil War, using the method of critical discourse analysis. The goal of the thesis would be to find key discourse elements that defined the White Movement during the Civil War and to trace how they developed over this period. Using the various written sources, such as the newspapers, public speeches, declarations, party programs and other discourse material of the era, the paper aims to show the specific way in which the Whites perceived the grim realities of the Civil war and the necessary means to overcome this catastrophe. The thesis argues that a certain “national”, as opposed to “class”, outlook on the political situation was at the core of the White Movement and their discourse. Its focus is on the Southern Russia, however sources from other locations is also used for comparison and to provide the overall Russian context.

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