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History of Ukraine-Rus'

Volume 2. The Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries

Volume 2 is the central volume of the first cycle of Mykhailo Hrushevsky's History of Ukraine-Rus'. In this cycle, the eminent historian explores, chiefly, the history of the Ukrainian lands during the medieval period up until the dissolution of the Rus' state on western Ukrainian territories in the fourteenth century. This middle volume of the cycle describes the crucial Kyiv-centred period of the evolution of the medieval Rus' polity. During that period (the eleventh and twelfth centuries, in particular), the Kyivan princely and military retinue system reached the height of its development. Kyiv controlled vast territories in eastern Europe; the political activities and influence of Rus' princes were at their peak; and Old Rus' culture, art, and literature flourished. However, as Hrushevsky demonstrates, the underlying structure of the Kyivan state was progressively losing strength and falling into decline. He points to two major trends in this process. The first was the detachment of individual lands and the weakening of relations between them. And the second was the decline of the main political centre—Kyiv. The political system of Rus' became greatly weakened by internecine princely conflicts and warfare with nomadic invaders from the steppe. In the end, the onslaught of the most powerful of these nomadic hordes—the Tatar-Mongol army—caused Kyiv's ruin in the 1240s. With this, the role of Kyiv as the political centre of the Old Rus' state came to an end.

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. Frank E. Sysyn is Director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Hrushevsky Translation Project. He is a co-editor of Culture, Nation and Identity: The Ukrainian-Russian Encounter, 1600–1945 (2003), the author of Between Poland and Ukraine: The Dilemma of Adam Kysil, 1600–1653 (1985), and Mykhailo Hrushevsky: Historian and National Awakener (2001).

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