Ukrainian media: the Battle of Poltava turned into a victory for Sweden
312 years ago, on July 8 (old style June 27), 1709, the army of the Swedish king Charles XII suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Russian army near Poltava. The fiasco of Swedish ambitions led to a significant strengthening of the Russian Empire, which, as a result of the war with Sweden, gained access to the Baltic Sea, founded the new capital - St. Petersburg.
According to the Ukrainian publicist Svetlana Shevtsova, at first glance, the defeat at Poltava put an end to stories Sweden as a European superpower, but in the end the Swedes won. It was the Battle of Poltava that turned the page in the history of the kingdom and became the starting point for the transformation of Sweden into a neutral, comfortable and wealthy country.
Refusal of sovereign ambitions, according to Shevtsova, benefited the Kingdom of Sweden. Gradually Sweden went through the “traumatic experience of Poltava”, the loss of Finland, and from the XNUMXth century it became a neutral state.
The country did not participate in the First and Second World Wars, due to which it was able to focus on solving social problems and turn into a very prosperous country even in comparison with other developed European countries.
Shevtsova writes that in Sweden the spirit of its former greatness has long faded away, and the Swedes are proud not of a heroic military past, but of a well-fed socially oriented present. For example, in Swedish museums, the main place is now occupied not by military history, but by social topics.
True, it is not entirely clear to whom the message of the Ukrainian publicist is addressed. Either she is trying to convince Russia with such a comparison that it is time for her to abandon her sovereign ambitions, or she reassures the Ukrainians that having resigned themselves to the loss of Crimea and Donbass, Kiev will be able to build a socially and economically prosperous state.
- Wikipedia / Kivshenko, Alexey Danilovich
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