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Why do the USA, UK and Europe so hate Russia? How it is that Western antipathy, once thought due to anti-Communism, could be so easily revived over a crisis in distant Ukraine, against a Russia no longer communist? Why does the West accuse Russia of empire-building, when 15 states once part of the defunct Warsaw Pact are now part of NATO, and NATO troops now flank the Russ Why do the USA, UK and Europe so hate Russia? How it is that Western antipathy, once thought due to anti-Communism, could be so easily revived over a crisis in distant Ukraine, against a Russia no longer communist? Why does the West accuse Russia of empire-building, when 15 states once part of the defunct Warsaw Pact are now part of NATO, and NATO troops now flank the Russian border? These are only some of the questions Creating Russophobia iinvestigates. Mettan begins by showing the strength of the prejudice against Russia through the Western response to a series of events: the Uberlingen mid-air collision, the Beslan hostage- taking, the Ossetia War, the Sochi Olympics and the crisis in Ukraine. He then delves into the historical, religious, ideological and geopolitical roots of the detestation of Russia in various European nations over thirteen centuries since Charlemagne competed with Byzantium for the title of heir to the Roman Empire. Mettan examines the geopolitical machinations expressed in those times through the medium of religion, leading to the great Christian schism between Germanic Rome and Byzantium and the European Crusades against Russian Orthodoxy. This history of taboos, prejudices and propaganda directed against the Orthodox Church provides the mythic foundations that shaped Western disdain for contemporary Russia. From the religious and imperial rivalry created by Charlemagne and the papacy to the genesis of French, English, German and then American Russophobia, the West has been engaged in more or less violent hostilities against Russia for a thousand years. Contemporary Russophobia is manufactured through the construction of an anti-Russian discourse in the media and the diplomatic world, and the fabrication and demonization of The Bad Guy, now personified by Vladimir Putin. Both feature in the meta-narrative, the mythical framework of the ferocious Russian bear ruled with a rod of iron by a vicious president. A synthetic reading of all these elements is presented in the light of recent events and in particular of the Ukrainian crisis and the recent American elections, showing how all the resources of the West's soft power have been mobilized to impose the tale of bad Russia dreaming of global conquest. "By hating Russia, one hurts oneself. Swiss journalist Guy Mettan pieces together the reasons of detestation of the Kremlin and of a rhetoric that goes back to Napoleonic times despite the long list of aggressions perpetrated in the meantime by the West. And he explains why pushing Moscow toward Asia is a very serious error." -Panorama, Italy "Like Saddam Hussein's mythical weapons of massive destruction in 2003, Peter the Great's fake will has been used to justify the aggressions and invasions that the Europeans, and now the Americans, still carry out against Russia." -Lib�ration, France


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Why do the USA, UK and Europe so hate Russia? How it is that Western antipathy, once thought due to anti-Communism, could be so easily revived over a crisis in distant Ukraine, against a Russia no longer communist? Why does the West accuse Russia of empire-building, when 15 states once part of the defunct Warsaw Pact are now part of NATO, and NATO troops now flank the Russ Why do the USA, UK and Europe so hate Russia? How it is that Western antipathy, once thought due to anti-Communism, could be so easily revived over a crisis in distant Ukraine, against a Russia no longer communist? Why does the West accuse Russia of empire-building, when 15 states once part of the defunct Warsaw Pact are now part of NATO, and NATO troops now flank the Russian border? These are only some of the questions Creating Russophobia iinvestigates. Mettan begins by showing the strength of the prejudice against Russia through the Western response to a series of events: the Uberlingen mid-air collision, the Beslan hostage- taking, the Ossetia War, the Sochi Olympics and the crisis in Ukraine. He then delves into the historical, religious, ideological and geopolitical roots of the detestation of Russia in various European nations over thirteen centuries since Charlemagne competed with Byzantium for the title of heir to the Roman Empire. Mettan examines the geopolitical machinations expressed in those times through the medium of religion, leading to the great Christian schism between Germanic Rome and Byzantium and the European Crusades against Russian Orthodoxy. This history of taboos, prejudices and propaganda directed against the Orthodox Church provides the mythic foundations that shaped Western disdain for contemporary Russia. From the religious and imperial rivalry created by Charlemagne and the papacy to the genesis of French, English, German and then American Russophobia, the West has been engaged in more or less violent hostilities against Russia for a thousand years. Contemporary Russophobia is manufactured through the construction of an anti-Russian discourse in the media and the diplomatic world, and the fabrication and demonization of The Bad Guy, now personified by Vladimir Putin. Both feature in the meta-narrative, the mythical framework of the ferocious Russian bear ruled with a rod of iron by a vicious president. A synthetic reading of all these elements is presented in the light of recent events and in particular of the Ukrainian crisis and the recent American elections, showing how all the resources of the West's soft power have been mobilized to impose the tale of bad Russia dreaming of global conquest. "By hating Russia, one hurts oneself. Swiss journalist Guy Mettan pieces together the reasons of detestation of the Kremlin and of a rhetoric that goes back to Napoleonic times despite the long list of aggressions perpetrated in the meantime by the West. And he explains why pushing Moscow toward Asia is a very serious error." -Panorama, Italy "Like Saddam Hussein's mythical weapons of massive destruction in 2003, Peter the Great's fake will has been used to justify the aggressions and invasions that the Europeans, and now the Americans, still carry out against Russia." -Lib�ration, France

30 review for Creating Russophobia: From the Great Religious Schism to Anti-Putin Hysteria

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    There is no more important book published this year than this one. In this time period where xenophobia and racism has become acceptable by many in the West it is important to have this scholarly work by a Swiss member of parlement, breaking down the historic background for the current racist anti-Russian hysteria. He also explains why it's a danger to the whole world at large. Everyone should read this, Russian haters, and friends of Russia. For the xenophobes, it will help you understand and f There is no more important book published this year than this one. In this time period where xenophobia and racism has become acceptable by many in the West it is important to have this scholarly work by a Swiss member of parlement, breaking down the historic background for the current racist anti-Russian hysteria. He also explains why it's a danger to the whole world at large. Everyone should read this, Russian haters, and friends of Russia. For the xenophobes, it will help you understand and fear less, and for those of us working for peace in the world, this is great information and ammunition against the torrent of hatred towards the people of Russia.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aditya Pareek

    I am really surprised this book doesn't have much exposure. This just goes on to prove the author's argument that most positive things about russia are just bloody blatantly ignored but the bad harped on forever.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Harrison

    Should be read by everyone who thinks they hate Russia. The script hasn't changed for 1000 years.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ietrio

    Mettan is right. I mean look at the burnt Russian Mosques around the World. And the Russian maids forcefully unveiled in public. And how the poor Russians are given pork meat to eat only that the devilish Westerners can laugh at the Russian Orthodox god. Or is that another community? And who could not feel the need of the poor Russians to vote Putin as their only chance against Finnish tanks marching in duck step on the narrow streets of Moskow? Now, letting the irony go, what is wrong with being Mettan is right. I mean look at the burnt Russian Mosques around the World. And the Russian maids forcefully unveiled in public. And how the poor Russians are given pork meat to eat only that the devilish Westerners can laugh at the Russian Orthodox god. Or is that another community? And who could not feel the need of the poor Russians to vote Putin as their only chance against Finnish tanks marching in duck step on the narrow streets of Moskow? Now, letting the irony go, what is wrong with being careful with the Russians? They enslaved all the nations close enough. They are known for the Gulag, all sort of weapons and because of Wars. So maybe the world should be more careful with them and the violence they breed. After all, not many capital cities in Europe can pride themselves with a comparable number of political killings or bomb attacks. The text only makes obvious the text is not intended for an audience outside Russia. It only rehashes the old propaganda with the sainthood of the Third Rome and how the heretic Catholics are hunting them down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Shugert

    Interesting. I have been a fan of Russian History for many years. I enjoyed the different perspective.

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