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Anonymous asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 10 months ago

Why are Russians and French people very similar?

Many Russian whites and French whites feel very similar

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  • 10 months ago
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    I'm not sure if that's actually the case. There are many ethnic groups in Russia (which comprises a vast territory), and some of them have little or nothing to do with Western societies like the French one from a cultural point of view. If you're talking about European Russia, then it's possible that the similarities are bigger due to historical reasons. However, I wouldn't say that French whites and Russian whites are "very similar" culturally speaking, or at least the similarities aren't bigger than those between French whites and U.S. whites. A difference is that most French people are pro-European, while a significant proportion of Russians are Eurosceptic.

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  • 10 months ago

    It all started with the reforms of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia from 1682 to 1725. Peter, the third of the Romanov tsars, drastically changed the direction in which the country was moving - his dream was to turn Russia into a European power. To achieve this, he not only engaged in wars but also destroyed the patriarchal ways of old Russia: He forced nobles to cut their beards, wear European dress, and travel to the West to study. As a result, noblemen at high-society gatherings in the 18th century started conversing in foreign languages. Of all the Western languages it was French that dominated during that period, not just in Russia but in Europe as a whole.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    they have a common ancestor with other Europeans. They inherited some traits that evolved in their common ancestor. These traits evolved because they were adaptations to the cold climate of ice age Europe. These traits include a tall and narrow nose bridge, straight hair, lots of facial and body hair, short arms and legs, a rounded torso, thin lips, more fat under the skin than Africans, light skin tone, and relatively short stature. These traits mostly reduce body surface area to conserve body heat, or they insulate the body better to reduce heat loss. Light skin allow people who wear clothes to stay warm to absorb more UV light to make vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for strong bones. Vitamin D shortage can result in rickets, which in turn can cause deformed or broken bones and even death.

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  • 10 months ago

    Because they are all human beings, perhaps.

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