Volume 37 (Number 1–2) of Harvard Ukrainian Studies is now available in full for purchase as a PDF. The articles will be added in HTML to the HUS website over the coming weeks, making them instantly available to annual online subscribers. Print copies may be ordered later this year, with copies shipping to current print subscribers in the next few weeks.
This issue of Harvard Ukrainian Studies comprises five large substantive articles, three of which concern the formative eighteenth century.
Maria Grazia Bartolini’s deft analysis of Stefan Iavors´kyi’s 1698 sermon Vynohrad Khrystov, delivered in Baturyn on the wedding day of Mazepa’s nephew Ivan Obydovs´kyi, exposes the centrality of marriage in the value system of the Kyivan Orthodox Church and shows how changes in Ukraine’s social landscape were redefining the church’s relationship with the hetman state.
Andriy V. Ivanov uncovers Teofan Prokopovych’s little-known sojourn as a student of Rome’s Pontifical Greek College (1698–1701), his dramatic “escape,” extended stopover in Protestant German lands, and the effects of these encounters on Prokopovych’s worldview and subsequent rise as one of Slavdom’s most prominent theologians.
John LeDonne’s magisterial genealogical study (complete with 12 tables) traces the family networks of Ukraine’s Cossack starshyna, hetmans and regimental colonels, beginning with the defeat of Mazepa in 1709. LeDonne demonstrates how connections through marriage, particularly of daughters, forged a tightly integrated ruling elite that maintained cohesion well into the nineteenth century.
Taras Koznarsky’s article explores the work of a descendant of one such prominent family, Mykola Markevych, whose 1831 remarkable compendium Ukrainskii melodii became a foundational source for the subsequent generation of writers and inculcated a perspective that was uniquely Ukrainian. Drawing a comparison with Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies (1807), Koznarsky also points to elements of mimicry, simulation, and subversive messaging, which would have been received differently by imperial and local audiences.
The fifth article, Jan-Hinnerk Antons’s "Nation in a Nutshell," focuses our attention on nation building in the displaced persons camps that sheltered wartime refugees and former slave laborers (1945–1952). Basing himself on extensive research in German, British, and American archives, as well as many personal interviews, the author shows how unique historical conditions created particularly fertile ground for nation-building endeavors.
The journal also presents a review essay of two recent editions of fifteenth-century “Literature of the Judaizers,” a corpus of Jewish humanist writings translated into Ruthenian, and a section of book reviews.