In 2009, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute gathered scholars from around the globe and from many fields of studyhistory, military affairs, philology, linguistics, literature, art history, musicto mark the 300th anniversary of the battle. This book is a collection of their papers on such topics as the international, Russian, and Ukrainian contexts of the battle; Mazepa in European culture; the language and literature of the period; art and architecture; history and memory; and fact, fiction, and the literary imagination. Mazepa himself is the focus of many of the articlesa hero to Ukrainians but a treacherous figure to Russians. This book provides a fresh look at this watershed event and sheds new light on the legacies of the battle’s major players.
About the Author
Liliya Berezhnaya is a Research Fellow at the Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence at the University of Münster.
Elena Boeck is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University.
Michael S. Flier is Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.
George G. Grabowicz is Dmytro Chyzhevs'kyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.
Ksenya Kiebuzinski is Petro Jacyk Bibliographer in Ukrainian Studies, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.
Zenon E. Kohut is Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta.
Donald Ostrowski is a lecturer at the Harvard Extension School.
Table of Contents
Poltava: The Battle That Never Ends Serhii Plokhy xiii
I The Road to Poltava
Mazepa's Ukraine: Understanding Cossack Territorial Vistas Zenon E. Kohut 1
Peter I's Administrative Reforms in the Hetmanate during the Northern War Tatiana Tairova-Iakovleva 29
The Rape of Baturyn: The Archaeological Evidence Volodymyr Kovalenko 37
II The Battle and Its Aftermath
Peter's Dragoons: How the Russians Won at Poltava Donald Ostrowski 81
Gazing Anew at Poltava: Perspectives from the Military Revolution Controversy, Comparative History, and Decision-Making Doctrines Peter B. Brown 107
Poltava's Consequences: Local Autonomy in the Russian Empire during the Reign of Peter I Paul Bushkovitch 135
"Everyone understood what it meant": The Impact of the Battle of Poltava on the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Robert I. Frost 159
Poltava and the Geopolitics of Western Eurasia John LeDonne 177
III The Making of the Myth
The Battle of Poltava in Russian Historical Memory Alexander Kamenskii 195
Poltava: A Turning Point in the History of Preaching Giovanna Brogi Bercoff 205
The Battle of Poltava in Imperial Liturgy Nadieszda Kizenko 227
Claiming and Acclaiming Peter I: Ukrainian Contributions to the Visual Commemoration of Petrine Victories Elena N. Boeck 271
Imago hostis: Friends and Foes in Ruthenian and Russian Printmaking (Mid-Seventeenth-Beginning of the Eighteenth Centuries) Liliya Berezhnaya 309
The Grand Battle Woven in the Grande Manière: Commemorating the Battle of Poltava in Tapestry Tatiana Senkevitch 355
IV Grappling with Mazepa
A Linguistic Analysis of Ivan Mazepa's Universals and Letters Michael A. Moser 391
Love's Labour's Lost: Mazepa's Grammar of Romance Michael S. Flier 413
Mazepa's Palace in Baturyn: Western and Ukrainian Baroque Architecture and Decoration Volodymyr Mezentsev 433
The Encrypted Narrative of Reconstructed Cossack Baroque Forms Olenka Z. Pevny 471
Echoes of Poltava: Trials of Mazepists and Mazepism in Eighteenth-Century Ukraine Andrii Bovgyria 521
"Mylost' Bozhiia, Ukraynu…svobodyvshaia…" and Ukrainian Literature after (and before) Poltava: The Missing Link George G. Grabowicz 535
Forbidden Love: Ivan Mazepa and the Author of the History of the Rus' Serhii Plokhy 553
Obsessions with Mazepa Taras Koznarsky 569
Mazepa and Poltava in German-Language Literature of the Nineteenth Century Alois Woldan 617
The (Re)Fashioning of an Archetype of Genius: Ivan Mazepa in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Art Ksenya Kiebuzinski 633
V A Never-Ending Past
Poltava 2009: Deimperializing an Imperial Site of Memory Guido Hausmann 657
The Battle of Poltava as a Realm of Memory and a Bone of Contention Kristian Gerner 679