Cossacks and Religion in Early Modern Ukraine
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 422
Width: 16.4 cm
Height: 24.3 cm
The Ukrainian Cossacks, often compared in historical literature to the pirates of the Mediterranean and the frontiersmen of the American West, constituted one of the largest Cossack hosts in the European steppe borderland. They became famous as ferocious warriors, their fighting skills developed in their religious wars against the Tartars, Turks, Poles, and Russians. By and large the Cossacks were Orthodox Christians, and quite early in their history they adopted a religious ideology in their struggle against those of other faiths. Their acceptance of the Muscovite protectorate in 1654 was also influenced by their religious ideas. In this pioneering study, Serhii Plokhy examines the confessionalization of religious life in the early modern period, and shows how Cossack involvment in the religious struggle between Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicisim helped shape not only Ukrainian but also Russian and Polish cultural identities.
... rewarding reading ... Plokhy maintains a well-balanced attitude and is not given to hyperbole. Jewish History Excellent monograph ... a penetrating analysis ... much to enjoy and much that illuminated in Plokhy's dense and fascinating book ... a fresh and vivid account. SEER Thanks to its magisterial command of sources and scrupulous sense of balance, Plokhy's narrative has an authority, even grandeur, that should make it the standard account for years to come. Robin Milner-Gulland, Times Literary Supplement