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The Cossack Myth. History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires.

Plokhy, Serhii

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, 2012
ISBN 10: 110702210X / ISBN 13: 9781107022102
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Titel: The Cossack Myth. History and Nationhood in ...

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

Einband: Hardcover

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xi 386p plus several pages of illustrated maps, hardback with attractive dustjacket, a fresh and firm copy, like new, this title was published in the series New Studies in European History. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PAB 178587

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Inhaltsangabe: In the years following the Napoleonic Wars, a mysterious manuscript began to circulate among the dissatisfied noble elite of the Russian Empire. Entitled The History of the Rus', it became one of the most influential historical texts of the modern era. Attributed to an eighteenth-century Orthodox archbishop, it described the heroic struggles of the Ukrainian Cossacks. Alexander Pushkin read the book as a manifestation of Russian national spirit, but Taras Shevchenko interpreted it as a quest for Ukrainian national liberation, and it would inspire thousands of Ukrainians to fight for the freedom of their homeland. Serhii Plokhy tells the fascinating story of the text's discovery and dissemination, unravelling the mystery of its authorship and tracing its subsequent impact on Russian and Ukrainian historical and literary imagination. In so doing he brilliantly illuminates the relationship between history, myth, empire and nationhood from Napoleonic times to the fall of the Soviet Union.

Rezension: 'This book succeeds admirably on many levels. It is a fresh and subtle reflection on nations and nationalism, a scrupulously detailed piece of archival investigation, and - not least - a beautifully paced academic 'whodunit?'. Significant scholarship is rarely so engaging.' Simon Franklin, University of Cambridge

'? delightful ? [The] Cossack Myth is a rich and erudite monograph disguised as a detective story. Serhii Plokhy simultaneously crafts a social history of early-nineteenth-century Cossack noble clans, a history of modern Ukrainian history writing, and a demonstration of how national discourses and identities are born in and shaped by empire, even to the present day.' Nancy S. Kollmann, William H. Bonsall Professor in History, Stanford University

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