The Cossacks and Religion in Early Modern Ukraine

Hardcover | November 1, 2001

bySerhii Plokhy

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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 skillsdeveloped 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.

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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 skillsdeveloped in their religious wars against the Tart...

Serhii Plokhy is an Associate Director, Peter Jacyk Centre, University of Alberta.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:422 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247390

ISBN - 13:9780199247394

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Ukrainian Cossacks2. The Religious Crisis3. Warriors for the Faith4. Order, Religion, and Nation5. A War of Religion: Orthodoxy in the Khmelnytsky Uprising6. A Hetman Sent by God7. Hetmans and Metropolitans8. In Search of an Orthodox MonarchBibliographyIndex

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"A most impressive contribution to our knowledge in the breath of its vision and in the depth of its scholarship and deserves the widest possible readership."--Slavic Reviews