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About The Book

For students of the interaction of state building, nation building, and religion, Ukraine constitutes one of the most important case studies at the dawn of the twenty-first century. With more than forty-eight million inhabitants, Ukraine is the second most populous state to emerge from the break-up of the former Soviet Bloc. Ukraine contains one of the largest Orthodox communities in the world. Alongside the millions of Orthodox faithful are more than three thousand Ukrainian Greek Catholic parishes, which constitute the largest Eastern Christian church in the world united with Rome.

Chapters include:

  • The Formation of Modern Ukrainian Religious Culture: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
  • The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Traditions of the Kyiv Metropolitanate
  • The Crisis of "Holy-Rus'": The Russian Orthodox Mission and the Establishment of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of Canada
  • The Ukrainian Orthodox Question in the USSR
  • The Third Rebirth of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Religious Situation in Ukraine, 1989-1991
  • The Russian Sobor and the Rejection of Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephaly
  • Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephaly and Metropolitan Filaret
  • Kyiv vs. Moscow: The Autocephalous Movement in Independent Ukraine
  • Between Moscow and Rome: The Struggle for a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Patriarchate
  • Church, State, and Nation in Ukraine

Much of the analysis presented in the essays that make up this book deals with the responses of Ukraine’s Eastern Christians to the challenge of the national idea. The book places the history and current status of Ukraine’s Orthodox and Greek Catholic communities into the context of the modern Ukrainian national revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the resurgence of Ukrainian national consciousness in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

About The Authors

Serhii Plokhy

Serhii Plokhy

Serhii Plokhy received his doctorate in history from Kyiv University in 1990. He was the chair of the Department of World History at Dnipropetrovsk University and conducted research at the …

Frank Sysyn

Frank Sysyn

Frank E. Sysyn is Director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Hrushevsky Translation Project. He is a co-editor of


  1. Andrew Sorokowski's review in Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Vol. XXV, Nos. 3/4 (2001), pp. 300-304
  2. James Payton's review in the Religion in Eastern Europe, Vol. XXIII, No. 6 (December 2003), pp. 56-58
  3. Coelestin Patock's review in the Ostkirchliche Studien 53 (2004), H. 1, pp. 63-67 (in German)
  4. Ellen Gvosdev's review in the Journal of Church and State, Vol. 46, No. 3 (Summer 2004), pp. 657-58
  5. Andrii Krawchuk's review in the Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 90, No. 3 (July 2004), pp. 563-65
  6. Rudolf A. Mark's review in the Zeitschrift fuer Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 53 (2004), H. 3 (in German)
  7. Rudolf A. Mark's review in the Sehepunkte 4 (2004) (in German)
  8. Michael Bourdeaux's review in the Slavic Review, Vol. 63, No. 4 (Winter 2004), pp. 873-74
  9. Sarah Whitmore's review in the Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 57, No. 1 (January 2005), pp. 163-65
  10. Tandy McConnel's review in the Church History, Vol. 74, No. 1 (March 2005), pp. 173-74
  11. Philip Walters' review in Ecclesiastical History, Volume 56/3 (July 2005), pp. 630-31
  12. Catherine Wanner's review in Canadian Slavonic papers, Vol. XLVII, Nos. 3-4 (September-December 2005), pp. 445-46
  13. A review in the Forum Magazine, No. 112 (Summer 2006), p. 28
  14. Peter Galadza's review in Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 31, Nos. 1-2 (Summer-Winter 2006), pp. 230-34
  15. Katrin Boeckh's review in Jahrbuecher fuer Geschichte Osteuropas 54 (2006), H. 4, pp. 601-603
  16. Alla Myzelev's review in the Slavic and East European Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1 (Spring 2007), pp. 188-89

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