With Their Backs to the Mountains: A History of Carpathian Rus? and Carpatho-Rusyns

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Central European University Press, 30 nov 2015 - 550 pagine

With Their Backs to the Mountains is the history of a stateless people, the Carpatho-Rusyns, and their historic homeland, Carpathian Rus?, located in the heart of central Europe. ˙A little over 100,000 Carpatho-Rusyns are registered in official censuses but their number could be as high as 1,000,000, the greater part living in Ukraine and Slovakia. The majority of the diaspora?nearly 600,000?lives in the US.

At present, when it is fashionable to speak of nationalities as ?imagined communities? created by intellectuals or elites who may or may not live in the historic homeland, Carpatho-Rusyns provide an ideal example of a people made?or some would say still being made?before our very eyes. The book traces the evolution of Carpathian Rus? from earliest prehistoric times to the present, and the complex manner in which a distinct Carpatho-Rusyn people, since the mid-nineteenth century, came into being, disappeared, and then re-appeared in the wake of the revolutions of 1989 and the collapse of Communist rule in central and eastern Europe.

To help guide the reader further there are 39 text inserts, 34 detailed maps, plus an annotated discussion of relevant books, chapters, and journal articles.

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Sommario

1 CarpathoRusyns and the land of Carpathian Rus
1
2 Carpathian Rus in prehistoric times
15
3 The Slavs and their arrival in the Carpathians
23
4 State formation in central Europe
33
5 Carpathian Rus until the early 16th century
53
6 The Reformation the CounterReformation and Carpathian Rus
73
7 The Habsburg restoration in Carpathian Rus
87
8 Habsburg reforms and their impact on CarpathoRusyns
97
20 Carpathian Rus during World War II 19391944
279
21 Carpathian Rus in transition 19441945
291
22 Subcarpathian RusTranscarpathia in the Soviet Union 19451991
305
23 The Prešov Region in postwar and Communist Czechoslovakia 19451989
321
24 The Lemko Region and Lemko Rusyns in Communist Poland 19451989
335
25 CarpathoRusyn diasporas old and new 19451989
343
26 The revolutions of 1989
355
27 PostCommunist TranscarpathiaUkraine
363

10 Carpathian Rus in AustriaHungary 18681914
129
11 CarpathoRusyn diasporas before World War I
151
12 Carpathian Rus during World War I 19141918
167
13 The end of the old and the birth of a new order 19181919
175
14 Subcarpathian Rus in interwar Czechoslovakia 19191938
191
15 The Prešov Region in interwar Slovakia 19191938
219
16 The Lemko Region in interwar Poland 19191938
233
17 CarpathoRusyn diasporas during the interwar years 19191938
241
18 Other peoples in Subcarpathian Rus
253
19 Autonomous Subcarpathian Rus and CarpathoUkraine 19381939
269
28 The postCommunist Prešov Region and the Lemko RegionSlovakia and Poland
379
29 Other CarpathoRusyn communities in the wake of the revolutions of 1989
393
30 Carpathian Rusreal or imagined?
407
Notes
413
For further reading
433
Illustration Sources and Credits
477
Index
479
Illustrations
513
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Informazioni sull'autore (2015)

Paul Robert Magocsi is a noted scholar in the fields of history, cartography, sociolinguistics, bibliography, and immigrant studies. He is holder of the John Yaremko Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto, and since 1996 elected full member of the Canadian Academies of Arts, Humanities, and Sciences?Royal Society of Canada. Among his nearly 800 publications there are 34 books including Historical Atlas of Central Europe (1993/2002), A History of Ukraine: The Land and Its Peoples (1996/2011), and he is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Canada?s Peoples (1999) and the Encyclopedia of Rusyn History and Culture (2002, 2005).

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