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Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 29, Nos. 1-2Synopsis features essays by twenty-two historians of Ukraine from five countries who pay tribute to their friend and colleague, Dr. Zenon E. Kohut. The volume begins with an appraisal of Kohut's career, work, and impact on historical studies by the Kharkiv historian Volodymyr Kravchenko as well as a selected bibliography of Kohut's works. The contributions examine topics from the Middle Ages to to the Soviet period. Especially well represented in the volume are studies in historiography, the early modern period, and Ukrainian-Russian relations.

When a Festschrift for Dr. Zenon E. Kohut, director of the Canadian Institute of the Ukrainian Studies, was being planned, Synopsis came quickly to mind as a title. Not only is Zenon Kohut currently working on the famous seventeenth-century work and its context, but the Synopsis stands at the onset of modern Ukrainian-Russian relations that have been the major theme of his scholarly oeuvre. From his groundbreaking work Russian Centralism and Ukrainian Autonomy through his numerous essays on forms of identity in early modern Ukraine and Russia to his analysis on historiography, he has chosen large topics and brought to them order and clarity.

Table of Contents

  • Tabula Gratulatoria
  • Frank E. Sysyn and Serhii Plokhy   Introduction
  • Volodymyr Kravchenko   Zenon E. Kohut: Selected Pages of an Intellectual Biography
  • Olga Andriewsky   The Making of the Generation of 1917: Towards a Collective Biography
  • Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak   Not Quite Martin Guerre: Notes on People's Politics in the Russian Empire at the End of the Nineteenth Century
  • Paul Bushkovitch   Russian Boyars and the Ukrainian Hetmanate  
  • Teresa Chynczewska-Hennel   Nuncio Mario Filonardi and the Orthodox Church in His “Relatio Finale”
  • Patricia Kennedy Grimsted   The Fate of the Kyiv Archive of Early Acts in World War II: A Triple Tragedy of Destruction, Plunder, and Propaganda
  • Mark von Hagen   “I Love Russia, and/but I Want Ukraine,” or How a Russian General Became Hetman of the Ukrainian State, 1917–1918
  • John-Paul Himka   Episodes in the Historiography of the Ukrainian Icon
  • Yaroslav Hrytsak   Franko’s Boryslav Cycle: An Intellectual History  
  • Наталя Яковенко   Кого топчуть коні звитяжного Корибута (до загадки києво-могилянського панегірика 1648 р. “Maiores Wiszniewiecciorum”)
  • Iaroslav Isaievych   On the Titulature of Rulers in Eastern Europe
  • Andreas Kappeler   Ukrainian Historical Studies in the German-Speaking Lands  
  • Bohdan Klid   The Origins of Statist Historiography in the Context of Political, Ideological, Cultural and Generational Change  
  • Володимир Кравченко   "Історія русів" у сучасних інтерпретаціях
  • David R. Marples   Stalin’s Emergent Crime: Popular and Academic Debates on the Ukrainian Famine of 1932–33  
  • о. Юрій Мицик   Дрижипільська битва 1655 р. на сторінках “Віршованої хроніки”
  • Orest Pelech   The History of the St. Cyril and Methodius Brotherhood Reexamined
  • Serhii Plokhy   Bourgeois Revolution or Peasant War? Early Soviet Debates on the History of the Khmelnytsky Uprising
  • Alfred Rieber   The Debate over the Southern Line: Economic Integration or National Security?
  • David B. Saunders   Russia's Nationality Policy: The Case of Ukraine (1847–1941)
  • Frances Swyripa   Gender Relations, Peasant Priorities, and Moral Values in the Ukrainian Village in Eastern Galicia, 1900–1944
  • Frank E. Sysyn   The “Nation of Cain”: Poles in Samiilo Velychko’s “Chronicle”  
  • Oleksiy Tolochko   Truth from Forgery: Vasilii Tatishchev and the Origin of the Master Narrative of Russian History  
  • Taras Kurylo   The Bibliography of Zenon E. Kohut

About The Authors

Zenon E. Kohut

Zenon E. Kohut

A prominent historian and a former Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Dr. Zenon E. Kohut is the author of many scholarly articles and books including Російський централізм i українська автономія. ліквідація …

Serhii Plokhy

Serhii Plokhy

Serhii Plokhy received his doctorate in history from Kyiv University in 1990. He was the chair of the Department of World History at Dnipropetrovsk University and conducted research at the …

Frank Sysyn

Frank Sysyn

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

Contributing Authors


  1. William J. Risch's review in Harvard Ukrainian Studies 27, Nos. 1-4 (2004-2005), pp. 403-406
  2. Andrew Gregorovich's review in Forum, No. 111 (Spring 2006), p. 29
  3. Frank Grelka's review in Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas 55 (2007), H. 2, pp. 280-282, (in German)
  4. George O. Liber's review in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. 50, Nos. 1-2 (March-June 2008), pp. 240-242
  5. Alexey Miller's review in The English Historical Review, CXXIII (502), 2008, pp. 754-56

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