From Kievan Rus' to Modern Ukraine: The Formation of the Ukrainian Nation

In the articles "The Traditional Scheme of 'Russian' History and the Problem of a Rational Organization of the History of the Eastern Slavs" by the great Ukrainian historian Myxajlo Hrushevs'kij and in "Ukraine and the Dialectics of Nation-Building" by Omeljan Pritsak and John Reshetar, the historical dimension of the question of Ukrainian national identity is addressed. These articles challenge the traditional Russian nationalist historiographic practice of using "Russia" as a designation for states and cultures as diverse as tenth-century Kievan Rus' and the twentieth-century Soviet Union. Introduction by James Cracraft.

40 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-2-1 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00


The Catacomb Ukrainian Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II.

Ivan Hvat

This booklet contains an article by Ivan Hvat, a number of documents from Ukrainian Catholics in the USSR, and the letter of John Paul II calling for the celebration of the Ukrainian Millennium. In his article "The Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Vatican and the Soviet Union during the Pontificate of Pope John Paul II," Ivan Hvat analyzes the stimulating effects of John Paul II's pontificate on Ukrainian Catholics in the USSR and the Soviet propaganda campaign against the pope. The documents provide a detailed picture of the struggle of Ukrainian Catholics for religious freedom in the Soviet Union.

30 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-5-6 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00


Byzantine Roots of Ukrainian Christianity.

Ihor Shevchenko

Under the Byzantine Christian influence, Kyivan Rus' flourished spiritually and culturally, producing important contributions to art, literature, and architecture in a short time. The two articles presented here, "The Christianization of Kievan Rus'" and "Byzantine Elements in Early Ukrainian Culture," explore the historical circumstances and impact of the conversion of Rus' and describe the position of Kyivan Rus' among Christian nations in the tenth century.

26 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-4-8 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00


The Many Worlds of Peter Mohyla.

Ihor Shevchenko

In the seventeenth century, Ukrainian Orthodox learning and institutions made Kyiv an intellectual center of the Orthodox world. The second quarter of that century has often been called the age of Mohyla, in honor of Peter Mohyla, who devoted himself to the revival and reform of Orthodoxy in the metropolitan see of Kyiv. No aspect of ecclesiastical or cultural life remained untouched by this churchman, but his greatest achievement was the establishment of the Kyiv Collegian(later Academy) that bore his name. In 1984, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Harvard Ukrainian Studies published a special issue devoted to the school and its founder. The included article is from that issue; in the article, Professor Shevchenko demonstrates how Eastern and Western Christianity; the Latin, Greek, Slavonic, Ruthenian, and Polish literary traditions; and Romanian, Ukrainian, and Polish cultures all met in the person of the great metropolitan and in the Kyiv of his time.

44 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-7-2 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00


Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox in Poland and Czechoslovakia.

Andrew Sorokowski

In the two articles presented here, Andrew Sorokowski describes the situation of Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox in two Eastern European countries where Ukrainians do not have their own religious institutions but play an important role in the lives of the local churches. "Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox in Poland," discusses the history of Ukrainian participation in the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox church and the attempts of Ukrainian Greek-Catholics since 1945 to establish an independent church life within Poland's Roman Catholic church. In "Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox in Czechoslovakia," the author traces the post-war history of the Orthodox church in Czechoslovakia and of its often bitter rival, the Greek-Catholic church--both of which are composed largely of Transcarpathian (Ruthenian) Ukrainians.

33 pp. ISBN 0-940465-04-3 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00


The Ukrainian Orthodox Question in the USSR.

Frank Sysyn

The Ukrainian Orthodox church traces its origins to the Christianization of Kievan Rus' in 988. Yet twice in the twentieth century, Ukrainian Orthodox believers have had to reestablish their church, only to see it destroyed. In the articles and reviews reprinted in this booklet, Dr. Frank E. Sysyn provides a far-reaching overview of the recent history and the present situation of Ukrainian Orthodoxy.

28 pp. ISBN 0-940465-02-7 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00


Protestants in the Ukrainian Lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

George Hunston Williams

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Protestant Reformation won the support of numerous Western and Eastern Christians in Ukrainian lands. Protestant religious leaders wrote in the Middle Ukrainian language and initiated religious discussions that challenged and inspired Ukrainian Christians. At times, Protestants and Orthodox joined in cooperation against the dominant Catholics and the Union of Brest. The two articles by Professor George Hunston Williams reprinted here, "Protestants in Ukraine during the Period of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth," and "Francis Stancaro's Schismatic Reformed Church, Centered in Dubets'ko in Ruthenia, 1559/61-1570," provide detailed accounts of Protestant activity in Ukraine.

84 pp. ISBN 0-940465-05-1 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00