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History of Ukraine-Rus'

Volume 2. The Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries

Volumes 1 through 3 of Mykhailo Hrushevsky's ten-volume magnum opus, History of Ukraine-Rus', form a foundational unit for the history of the Ukrainian lands and people wherein the eminent historian explores the history of the Ukrainian lands from antiquity up until the dissolution of the Rus' state on western Ukrainian territories in the fourteenth century. Volume 2 acts as a chronological bridge within that unit.

The first half of the volume provides what is still the best political history of medieval southern East Slavic territory in any language. It draws on an extraordinarily wide range of evidence to document events from the time of the death of Volodymyr the Great in 1015 through the period of Mongol devastations in 1237–41. Hrushevsky describes the consolidation of the Rus' state in the middle Dnipro region and its rapid political and cultural growth and increasing prosperity in East Slavic territory under the ever-expanding lines of Volodymyr's dynasty.

In the second half of the volume, Hrushevsky exploits all of the literary and archaeological evidence available at the turn of the twentieth century to describe as accurately as possible the physical presence of Rus' society on Ukrainian territory, including in the Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Pereiaslav lands, in Volhynia and Galicia, and in the steppe (what is now southern and eastern Ukraine). These two parts of the volume together make Hrushevsky's case that the Ukrainian people had in their past a period of political statehood lasting for almost four centuries and that by 1900, they and their ancestors had lived continuously in the same territory for almost 1,500 years. Thus, Hrushevsky declares in his introductory remarks, "The history of the territory of present-day Ukraine is the history of the Ukrainian people."

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. Christian Raffensperger is professor of history at Wittenberg University and director of its Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies Program. He is also an associate of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. He has published several books dealing with the history of Kyivan Rus' and medieval Eastern Europe, including Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus' in the Medieval World, 988–1146 (2012), Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus' (2016), The Kingdom of Rus' (2017), and Conflict, Bargaining, and Kinship Networks in Medieval Eastern Europe (2018). Raffensperger's studies present the Rus' state not as a principality or a collection of principalities but as one of the realms of medieval Europe. 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. Tania Plawuszczak-Stech is a senior scholarly editor at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. She is a core member of the Hrushevsky Translation Project editorial team; editor and translator for the English-language Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine; and the book review editor of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies. She is also a writer, producer, presenter, and editor of English-language and Ukrainian-language television segments about Ukraine and Ukrainian culture and history for Kontakt Ukrainian TV, which airs nationally in Canada. Ian Press was professor of Slavonic and comparative linguistics at the University of London and spent thirteen years at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He took early retirement in 2008 as established professor emeritus. The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies published his translations Night and Day, by Volodymyr Zenonovych Gzhytsky (1988), and Chernobyl: A Documentary Story, by Iurii Shcherbak (1989). He co-authored with Stefan M. Pugh and published with Routledge Colloquial Ukrainian: The Complete Course for Beginners and Ukrainian: A Comprehensive Grammar.

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