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The Cossacks and Religion in Early Modern Ukraine

Serhii Plokhy


The Ukrainian Cossacks, often compared in historical literature to the pirates of the Mediterranean and the frontiersmen of the American West, constituted one of the largest Cossack hosts in the European steppe borderland. They became famous as ferocious warriors, their fighting skills developed in their religious wars against the Tartars, Turks, Poles, and Russians. By and large the Cossacks were Orthodox Christians, and quite early in their history they adopted a religious ideology in their struggle against those of other faiths. Their acceptance of the Muscovite protectorate in 1654 was als ... More

Keywords: Ukraine, Cossacks, cultural identities, Poland, Russia, Orthodox Christians, religious ideology, religious life, Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247394
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Serhii Plokhy, author
Associate Director, Peter Jacyk Centre, University of Alberta