“History of Ukraine-Rus” “Історії України-Руси” Михайло Грушевський Презентація 9 тому (книга 2, частина 1)

September 20, 2008

Видання презентують:
д-р Франк Сисин (КІУС),
д-р Сергій Плохій (Гарвардський Університет)

НАУКОВЕ ТОВАРИСТВО ім. ШЕВЧЕНКА в АМЕРИЦІ спонсорує підготовку до друку одного тому із багатотомного видання англійською мовою “History of Ukraine-Rus” (“Історії України Руси”) Михайла Грушевського, яким займається Канадський Інститут Українських Студій

Франк Сисин Сергій Плохій
Франк Сисин і Сергій Плохій під час дискусії

Орест Попович, Наталія Думна, Надія Савчук, Наталя і Любомир Гевко, Ірена Куровицька Роман і Ствілана Андрушкови

Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press
and the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research

Volume 9, book 2, part 1: The Cossack Age, 1654-1657
lxvi 566 pp. 3 maps, 1 photograph

$119.95 (cloth)


The ninth volume of Mykhailo Hrushevsky’s monumental HISTORY OF UKRAINE-RUS’ is by far the longest in the ten-volume series. Written in the late 1920s, after Hrushevsky had returned to Ukraine from exile, the volume is based mainly on a wealth of documents gathered by Hrushevsky and his students in the Moscow archives. Many of these documents were little used or unknown to previous historians.

The pivotal event in volume 9, book 2, part 1 of the History is the
PEREIASLAV AGREEMENT of 1654, which brought Cossack Ukraine under a
Muscovite protectorate. Needing military assistance to continue the
struggle with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, against which the Cossack Host and much of the Ukrainian populace had rebelled in 1648, Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky was prepared to make an agreement that brought Muscovy into the conflict on terms favorable to the Cossacks. Hrushevsky analyzes the diplomatic and military developments that led up to the agreement, and in chapter 7 he presents the most detailed and thoughtful treatment in modern historiography of the Pereiaslav Council of January 1654 and the subsequent understandings with Moscow. In his discussion Hrushevsky deals not only with previous historiography and the documentary record, which is incomplete, but also with the negotiations, taking account of the conflicting motivations of the two sides.

The subsequent chapters trace the difficult course of Cossack Ukraine’s
relations with Muscovy in 1654-55: the joint military campaign against the Commonwealth, which almost led to disaster because of poor coordination; the Cossack leadership’s efforts to take control of the western Ukrainian and southern Belarusian lands; the ferocious battle of Dryzhypil; and the devastation of the Bratslav region by Polish and Tatar forces, against which Muscovy provided no effective protection. On the basis of the travel diary of Paul of Aleppo, a Syrian cleric, Hrushevsky gives an account of daily life in Ukraine at the time, with many details unavailable in other sources. Unparalleled in breadth of research, Hrushevsky’s work brings to life a turbulent and politically decisive period in the life of the Ukrainian people.

The volume, translated by Marta Daria Olynyk, includes an extensive
historical introduction, a full bibliography of the sources used by
Hrushevsky, 3 maps, and an index. The preparation of this volume for
publication was funded by a generous donation from Mrs. Daria Mucak-Kowalsky (Etobicoke, Ontario) in memory of her husband, Mykhailo

About the Author

Mykhailo Hrushevsky (1866-1934) was Ukraine’s greatest historian. His academic career began at Kyiv University, where in 1890 he graduated from the Department of History and Philology. Appointed professor of history at Lviv University in 1894, he became a leading figure in the Shevchenko Scientific Society and in the scholarly and cultural community centered in Lviv. In 1918, he was head of the government of the independent Ukrainian republic. From 1924 to 1931, in Kyiv, he organized historical studies at the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. An extraordinarily prolific writer, he produced some 2,000 scholarly works. His magnum opus, the Istoriia Ukraïny-Rusy (History of Ukraine-Rus’), appeared between 1898 and 1937.

These ten published volumes (in eleven books) trace Ukrainian history from the earliest times to the post-Khmelnytsky era in the late 1650s. The History was internationally acclaimed at the time of its publication, but in Soviet Ukraine after the 1930s no scholarly references to it were permitted to appear. Attempts in the 1960s to “rehabilitate” Hrushevsky and his works failed, and it was only in the late 1980s that the Ukrainian public began to regain access to the History.