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By Serhii Plokhy

ISBN-10: 110702210X

ISBN-13: 9781107022102

Within the years following the Napoleonic Wars, a mysterious manuscript started to movement one of the disenchanted noble elite of the Russian Empire. Entitled The historical past of the Rus', it turned probably the most influential historic texts of the trendy period. Attributed to an eighteenth-century Orthodox archbishop, it defined the heroic struggles of the Ukrainian Cossacks. Alexander Pushkin learn the publication as a manifestation of Russian nationwide spirit yet Taras Shevchenko interpreted it as a quest for Ukrainian nationwide liberation and it'll motivate hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to struggle for the liberty in their native land. Serhii Plokhy tells the interesting tale of the text's discovery and dissemination unravelling the secret of its authorship and tracing its next impression on Russian and Ukrainian ancient and literary mind's eye. In so doing he brilliantly illuminates the connection among historical past, fantasy, empire and nationhood from Napoleonic occasions to the autumn of the Soviet Union.

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Efremov (St. Petersburg, 1784), pp. 194–97; Aleksandr Mikhailenko, I zhili druzhnoiu semeiu soldat, kornet i general (Moscow, 2001), ch. 1–2. K. F. Ryleev, “Pustynia (K M. G. Bedrage),” in Sochineniia i perepiska, pp. 171–76. 125 on Sun Dec 23 05:34:37 WET 2012. 004 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 A call for freedom 21 until the end of the last century. The regimental lands that came into the possession of various officials of the Ostrogozhsk regiment were tilled by freemen or Cossacks,” he wrote in one of his appeals to St.

3 1 2 3 “Kazn′ dekabristov. Rasskazy sovremennikov,” in Russkii arkhiv 2 (1881): 341–46; Nestor Kotliarevskii, Ryleev (St. Petersburg, 1908), pp. 186–91; “Dekabristy. shtml. On the Decembrist Revolt, see Anatole G. , 1966). “Dekabristy. ” On Ryleev, see Patrick O. Meara, K. F. , 1984). K. F. Relaieff, Voinarofskyi and Other Poems, trans. T. Hart-Davies (Calcutta, 1879), p. 102. 125 on Sun Dec 23 05:34:37 WET 2012. 004 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 18 The mystery When Ryleev first read this verse to his friend Mikhail Bestuzhev, who, along with his brother Nikolai, led the first rebel detachments to the Senate Square on December 14, 1825, Mikhail was shocked.

May His holy will be done! My dear mate, submit to the will of the Almighty as well, and He will comfort you. Pray to God for my soul. He will hear your prayers. Do not repine against Him or against the Sovereign: that would be both foolhardy and sinful. Is it for us to comprehend the inscrutable judgments of the One who passes understanding? ” He ended his letter with the following words: “Farewell! They are telling me to dress. ”24 24 K. F. Ryleev, “Perepiska s zhenoiu iz kreposti,” in Sochineniia i perepiska, pp.

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