[Aaus-list] Oct 10 - Lecture by Prof. Frank Sysyn at Columbia U

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Fri Oct 4 10:45:08 EDT 2013

"A Hetman Worthy of the Name":
Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Early-Eighteenth Century Ukrainian Historiography

a lecture by

Prof. Frank Sysyn (University of Alberta)

October 10

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

In the early eighteenth century, the cult of Bohdan Khmelnytsky as the
founder of the Cossack Hetmanate and the liberator of his people from
"Polish bondage" took full shape. The most important text in
disseminating this image of the hetman is conventionally called the
Hrabianka chronicle  because some of the more than 60 extant
manuscripts of the work attribute its authorship to the Cossack
colonel Hryhorii Hrabianka. In fact the attribution is questionable
and the two differing forms of the work, the long and the short
redactions, point to multiple-authorships during the late seventeenth
and early eighteenth centuries. More certain is the impact of the work
in elevating the person of the hetman to a central status in the
history of the Cossack Hetmanate and in defining that polity's
relation with the Russian tsar. The talk will discuss the significance
of the work in the creation of the Khmelnytsky myth and its impact on
the Ukrainian historical narrative.

Frank E. Sysyn is director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian
Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies,
professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University
of Alberta, and editor in chief of the Hrushevsky Translation Project.
A specialist in Ukrainian and Polish history, he is the author of
Between Poland and the Ukraine: The Dilemma of Adam Kysil, 1600-1653
(1985), Mykhailo Hrushevsky: Historian and National Awakener (2001),
and studies on the Khmelnytsy Uprising, Ukrainian historiography, and
early modern Ukrainian political culture. He is also coauthor, with
Serhii Plokhy, of Religion and Nation in Modern Ukraine (2003).
Professor Sysyn, who has taught frequently at Columbia University,
heads the Advisory Committee of the Ukrainian Studies Program at the
Harriman Institute.

This event is free and open to the public.
For additional information, please call 212-854-4697.

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