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  • Page extent: 400 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.84 kg

Library of Congress

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  • LC Classification: DK71 .P66 2006
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Kievan Rus--History
    • Slavs, Eastern--Origin
    • Slavs, Eastern--History
    • Slavs, Eastern--Religion
    • Slavs, Eastern--Ethnic identity

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521864039 | ISBN-10: 0521864038)

This book documents 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, and poses important questions about the origins of the East Slavic nations and the essential similarities or differences between their cultures. It traces the origins of the modern Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian nations by focusing on pre-modern 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 understanding of the pre-modern 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.

• This was the first book when published in 2006 and it discussed the historical origins of the three East Slavic nations • Written by a leading authority on early modern Russian and Slavic history • Essential reading for an understanding of important developments in the region


Introduction; 1. The origins of Rus'; 2. What happened to the Rus' land?; 3. The Lithuanian solution; 4. The rise of Muscovy; 5. The making of the Ruthenian nation; 6. Was there a reunification?; 7. The invention of Russia; 8. Ruthenia, little Russia, Ukraine; Conclusions.

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