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  1. geographical location and historical context give rise to certain typical situations, which in turn form typical behavioral patterns. Some features are laid down at the genetic level in the process of evolution.

    For example, the infrastructure for survival in permafrost areas differs from that in the subtropics, and people who live for a long time in such different conditions form different habits and stereotypes.

    But it's not just climate that matters. Neighborhood, trade routes, and available resources. For example, extensive land resources and natural resources are one of the factors that does not contribute to the development of thrift. What you can't say about Russians is that they are thrifty or greedy. Russia is a generous soul 🙂 And there are many similar nuances.

  2. Klyuchevsky, Solovyov, Ilyin, and even Karamzin wrote about this in their writings. All of them, to one degree or another, proved the thesis of the formation of the character of a Russian person under the influence of a geographical factor.

    Man constantly interacts with nature, and thanks to this interaction, a national mentality is formed. The” breadth of the Russian soul ” is explained by historians (including those mentioned above) by the vast territories of the country. The harsh climate in the historical center of Russia has led to such well-known traits of the Russian character as hard work, patience, and melancholy. And the beauty of Russian nature has led to the emergence of a characteristic Russian reflection, introspection, and these features are very clearly manifested in the works of Russian poets and writers.

    Another interesting story about the Finns. Since the territory of the country is small, there are not many people, they are quite closed and do not like strangers. A Finnish family may not meet the people next door for 25 years, and they will certainly never bring pies to the house of new arrivals, as the same Americans do.

    I think that every nation can be described more or less from this point of view, but it is not necessary to descend to the level of “pedantic Germans” and “prim Englishmen”.

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