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. Table of contents Introduction; 1.
The origins of Rus'; 2. What happened to the Rus' land? The Lithuanian solution; 4. The rise of Muscovy; 5. The making of the Ruthenian nation; 6. Was there a reunification?
The rise of Muscovy; 5. In order to do so, it turns out, I had to write this book. Ukraine seems to be the most advanced in the process of emancipation from the East Slavonic ummah and in the construction of its modern national identity. Halperin "Plokhy has produced an impressive and often persuasive study" Daniel H. LOG IN. It was then that Hrushevsky published the first twentieth-century outline of Ukrainian history; the patriarch of Russian historiography, Vasilii Kliuchevsky, began to issue his Survey of Russian History ; and Belarusian national historiography began to emerge from the shell of Russian imperial history. If an individual belonged to or is claimed by more than one national tradition, alternative spellings are given in parentheses.
The invention of Russia; 8. Ruthenia, little Russia, Ukraine; Conclusions.
Review quote "Plokhy offers innovative and convincing reinterpretations of the key controversies in the histories of the national development of the East Slavs He has, indeed, delivered on his promise to reconceptualize the field. This is must reading for all historians of the East Slavs in the pre-modern period. Plokhy's detailed, sustained interpretation sheds new light on such processes as the gradual alienation among the three East Slavic peoples as their historical fates differed, and such events as the mutual misunderstanding characterizing the Union of Pereiaslav.
Plokhy has set the bar very high for future historians, who will be stimulated by this superb book to address the question of East Slavic national identity. Halperin "Plokhy has produced an impressive and often persuasive study" Daniel H.
Kaiser, Slavic Review " In each chapter Plokhy orients the reader by providing a summary of the basic historical facts, as well as a brief discussion of the major issues and controversies involved with these topics, before proceeding to his own analysis The Origins of the Slavic Nations has several strengths: readers are provided with useful summaries of the basic issues, and Plokhy familiarizes the reader with recent literature in the field, both that produced in the West and in the former Soviet Union.
Plokhy also does a good job of distinguishing the different meanings certain terms had depending on the time and placed used The Origins of the Slavic Nations is a valuable treatment of identities in East Slavic territory before the modern era Plokhy's style is quite engaging and, given his attempts to provide the requisite background information, this book will appeal to more than just a narrow group of specialists.
Those scholars who are familiar primarily with the Russocentric narrative will greatly benefit from Plokhy's analysis. Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues.
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Log out of ReadCube. Since they lacked lasting premodern statehood and lost their elites to Poland or Russia, their nation building was belated and difficult. Previous ethnonyms for Ukrainians were Rusyns Ruthenians and Little Russians—names derived from the corresponding medieval territorial entities. In time they were subordinated to other crowns, and loyalties and identities became hierarchical.
Only with the advent of nationalism and a switch to exclusive identity did the modern ethnonym become popular. The full text of this article hosted at iucr.
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