The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus

The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus

by Serhii Plokhy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521155118

ISBN-13: 9780521155113

Pub. Date: 08/19/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The latest developments in the countries of eastern Europe, including the rise of authoritarian tendencies in Russia and Belarus, as well as the victory of the democratic "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine, pose important questions about the history of the East Slavic nations and the essential similarities or differences between their cultures. This book traces the

Overview

The latest developments in the countries of eastern Europe, including the rise of authoritarian tendencies in Russia and Belarus, as well as the victory of the democratic "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine, pose important questions about the history of the East Slavic nations and the essential similarities or differences between their cultures. This book traces the origins of the modern Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian nations by focusing on premodern forms of group identity among the Eastern Slavs. It also challenges attempts to "nationalize" the Rus' past on behalf of existing national projects, laying the groundwork for a new understanding of the premodern history of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The book covers the period from the Christianization of Kyivan Rus' in the tenth century to the reign of Peter I and his eighteenth-century successors, by which time the idea of nationalism had begun to influence the thinking of East Slavic elites.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521155113
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/19/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
778,504
Product dimensions:
3.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Note on transliteration, dates, and translations     xii
Maps     xiii
Introduction     1
The origins of Rus'     10
What happened to the Rus' Land?     49
The Lithuanian solution     85
The rise of Muscovy     122
The making of the Ruthenian nation     161
Was there a reunification?     203
The invention of Russia     250
Ruthenia, Little Russia, Ukraine     299
Conclusions     354
Author index     363
General index     367

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