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Description - Poltava 1709 - The Battle and the Myth by Serhii Plokhy

The Battle of Poltava has long been recognized as a crucial event in the geopolitical history of Europe and a decisive point in the Great Northern War between Sweden and the Russian Empire. The Russian victory at Poltava contributed to the decline of Sweden as a Great Power and was a major setback to Ukrainian independence. Hetman Ivan Mazepa, who joined forces with the Swedish king Charles XII against Tsar Peter I, remains a controversial figure even today.

In 2009, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute gathered scholars from around the globe and from many fields of study?history, military affairs, philology, linguistics, literature, art history, music?to mark the 300th anniversary of the battle. This book is a collection of their papers on such topics as the international, Russian, and Ukrainian contexts of the battle; Mazepa in European culture; the language and literature of the period; art and architecture; history and memory; and fact, fiction, and the literary imagination. Mazepa himself is the focus of many of the articles?a hero to Ukrainians but a treacherous figure to Russians. This book provides a fresh look at this watershed event and sheds new light on the legacies of the battle's major players.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781932650099
ISBN-10: 1932650091
Format: Paperback / softback
(233mm x 168mm x 39mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute,U.S.
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Serhii Plokhy

Serhii Plokhy is Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University. Michael S. Flier is Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. George G. Grabowicz is Dmytro Cyzevs'kyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University. Ksenya Kiebuzinski is Petro Jacyk Bibliographer in Ukrainian Studies, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Zenon E. Kohut is Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. Donald Ostrowski is lecturer at the Extension School, Harvard University.

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