Borderlands of Faith: Reconsidering the Origins of a Ukrainian Tragedy

  title={Borderlands of Faith: Reconsidering the Origins of a Ukrainian Tragedy},
  author={B. Skinner},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  pages={88 - 116}
Critiquing prevalent secular explanations for the cossack-led uprising called Koliivshchyna that erupted in the Ukrainian borderlands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1768, this article identifies religion as the root cause of the uprising. Traditional nationalist and socioeconomic arguments explain Ukrainian violence against Poles and Jews, but do not account for Ukrainian violence against Ukrainians, which set this uprising apart from previous cossack-led disturbances. Increasing… Expand
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Imperial Absorption of the Hetmanate
  • 1988
Bishop Gervasii sent an appeal on behalf of the Orthodox population in die Commonwealth to the Holy Synod for support and protection
  • See, for example, the strident complaints from Melkhizedek and Bishop Gervasii against the Uniates under Mokrzycki from July 1766 in Arkhiv iugo-zapadnoi Rossii
I agree with Kohut that the rebels were likely seeking protection rather than a formal union with Russia. Kohut
    Kohut notes die increasing obligations on the peasants in Hetmanate Ukraine, leading up to almost complete limitation on their movement by 1760
    • Zenon E
    These are the terms used consistently and repeatedly by Melkhizedek, Bishop Gervasii, and members of the Orthodox community from 1765 to 1768 in the sources published in Arkhiv iugo-zapadnoi Rossii
    • documents XVI, XVIII-XX, and XLVIII