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The collection of essays in The Pereiaslav Treaty of 1654 illuminates and clarifies the agreement between Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Muscovite Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovych. Part 1 is divided into two sections: the first contains five republished scholarly essays that appeared between 1910–1950s, while the second part contains five articles of political commentary and interpretation that appeared from the last quarter of the 19th century to the 1970s. Among these is Mykhailo Braichevsky's "Annexation or Reunion?" that circulated in Ukraine in manuscript form and was published only outside of the Soviet Union in the 1970s. This edition also contains the record of the Institute of History's meetings that condemned Braichevsky as well as Braichevsky's answers to his critics. Part 2 contains six essays of contemporary historians on Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and English-language historiography examining the Pereiaslav Treaty of 1654, its causes and consequences. Part 3 contains five new scholarly studies exploring the origins, events, and significance of the Pereiaslav Treaty. A twenty-two page name index completes this impressive and handsome volume.

Authors include Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Viacheslav Lypynsky, Rostyslav Lashchenko, Andrij Iakovliv, Oleksandr Ohloblyn, Mykhailo Drahomanov, Dmytro Dontsov, Roman Bzhesky, Zynovyi Knysh, Mykhailo Braichevsky, Frank Sysyn, Volodymyr Kravchenko, Oleksi Yas, Viktor Brekhunenko, Miroslav Nagielski, Viktor Horobets, Taras Chukhlib, Serhii Plokhy and Iaroslav Fedoruk. This publication was made possible by the generous support of the Ivan and Elizabeth Khlopetsky Fund of the Shevchenko Scientific Society (America) and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. Copublished in 2003 by the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies (NAN Ukraine), Shevchenko Scientific Society (USA), Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, and Smoloskyp Publishing (Kyiv).

About The Author

Pavlo Sokhan

Pavlo Sokhan

Pavlo Sokhan is a historian, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and the director of Mykhailo Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Contributing Authors


  1. Andrzej Gil’s review in Rocznik Instytutu Europy Srodkowo-Wschodniej, Vol. I, 2003, pp. 185-89 (in Polish)
  2. Stephen Velychenko's review in the Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Summer 2005), pp. 97-122

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