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History of Ukraine-Rus'

Volume 4. Political Relations in the Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries

With volume 4, Mykhailo Hrushevsky begins the second, 'Lithuanian-Polish,' cycle of his History of Ukraine-Rus', which extends from the fourteenth-century collapse of Ukrainian statehood to the recovery of the late sixteenth century. Volume 4 covers political life, while volumes 5 and 6 deal with society and culture.

The Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland were the dominant powers in the Ukrainian lands during this period. Having attained statehood in the thirteenth century, Lithuania faced strong opposition from the Teutonic Knights in the northwest and Muscovy in the east. Accordingly, it expanded southward into the Belarusian and Ukrainian lands. Its rule was accepted with little opposition because the Lithuanian ruling stratum was rapidly assimilated by the demographically dominant Ruthenians, and the cultural legacy of Old Rus' reigned supreme. Ruthenian was the main language of the Lithuanian court, common and criminal law was adopted from that of Rus', and Ruthenian craftsmen shaped artistic tastes. Many Lithuanian rulers converted to Orthodoxy. Thus, as Hrushevsky points out, Lithuanian annexation of Ukrainian lands passed relatively unnoticed and left no deep traces in local tradition.

Poland contrasts sharply with Lithuania in Hrushevsky's account: a strong state bent on eastward expansion, it was determined to assert its political and cultural dominance. The key to that expansion was the incorporation of Lithuania into a full union with Poland—a process that began with the Union of Krėva (1385) and culminated in the Union of Lublin (1569), which established the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and brought the Ukrainian lands under Polish rule. Hrushevsky explains the intricate politics of the period in detail. A separate chapter chronicles the rise of the Crimean Tatars and their devastating raids, which gave the Ruthenians a compelling incentive to accept union with Poland.

About the Authors

Appointed professor of history at Lviv University in 1894, Mykhailo Hrushevsky became a leading figure in the scholarly and cultural community of Western Ukraine. In 1918 in Kyiv, he became head of the government of the independent Ukrainian state. From 1924 to 1931, he organized historical studies at the All-Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. An extraordinarily prolific writer, he produced some 2,000 scholarly works. Andrij Kudla Wynnyckyj translated for the Encyclopedia of Ukraine (198691), translated a collection of memoirs titled The Great Famine in Ukraine 19321933 (1988), and collaborated with the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (201215). His translations into Ukrainian include selected poetry of Sappho, Baudelaire, Langston Hughes, and García Lorca, among others, as well as the prose of Gustave Flaubert and Primo Levi. Robert Frost holds the Burnett Fletcher Chair of History at the University of Aberdeen. He studies the history of eastern and northern Europe from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. His principal research interests are the history of Poland-Lithuania and warfare in the early modern period. He is the author of The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania, vol. 1, The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 13851569 (Oxford, 2015). Yaroslav Fedoruk is a senior scholar at the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv. A specialist in seventeenth-century international relations, he has published many studies of Bohdan Khmelnytsky's foreign policy, including The Treaty of Vilnius (1656): The East European Crisis and Ukraine in the Mid-Seventeenth Century (2011; in Ukrainian). He is also editor of Ukraïns'kyi arkheohrafichnyi shchorichnyk (Ukrainian Archaeographic Annual, Kyiv). Frank E. Sysyn is director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. He serves as editor in chief of the Hrushevsky Translation Project. A specialist in Ukrainian and Polish history, Sysyn is the author of Between Poland and the Ukraine: The Dilemma of Adam Kysil, 1600–1653 (1985), Mykhailo Hrushevsky: Historian and National Awakener (2001), and many studies on the Khmelnytsky Uprising, Ukrainian historiography, and early modern Ukrainian political culture. Myroslav Yurkevich was senior editor at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and on the Hrushevsky Translation Project. He was managing editor of several volumes of the English edition of Mykhailo Hrushevsky's History of Ukraine-Rus'.

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