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About The Book

Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Volume 37, Number 1-2, the book Religion, Nation, and Secularization in Ukraine is a collection of scholarly essays about the interrelationships between religion and religious institutions, nations and nation building, and secularization. The book presents nine papers by eminent scholars from Ukraine, Austria, Canada, and the United States that examine a wide range of topics relating to the last four hundred years: religious culture and the role of clergy as agents of modernization; national identity and transnational religious phenomena; the relationship between sacred tongues and modern language formation; the interaction of secularizing trends with ritual and tradition; the interrelation of religious hierarchies and political movements; and popular belief in relation to religious dogma.

The book focuses on Ukrainian territories, but attention is also drawn to Belarusian territories, inasmuch as the Ruthenian (i.e., Ukrainian and Belarusian) lands shared common religious and cultural institutions in the early modern period. The majority of the essays address Ukrainian or Eastern Christian religious formations, but other religious groups, such as Jews, are also discussed. In light of the modern-day globalization of Ukrainian religious groups and the rise of diasporas, some of the essays also cover Western Europe and the Americas.

The original papers were delivered at an international conference, held in Munich in 2010, that was co-sponsored by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich); Charles University (Prague); the Ukrainian Free University (Munich); and the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta (Edmonton).

About The Authors

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

Martin Schulze Wessel

Martin Schulze Wessel is Professor of Eastern European History at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Gremany. He specializes in the history of religion in Eastern and East Central Europe, the history of empires in Eastern Europe, and historiography and historical thought in Russia.

Contributing Authors


  1. Andrii Krawchuk's review in The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 102, No. 3 (Summer 2016), pp. 585-86
  2. Barbara Skinner's review in The Russian Review, Vol. 77, No. 3, July 2016, pp. 520-21
  3. Andrew Sorokowski's review in The Ukrainian Weekly, No. 11, 13 March 2016, p. 9

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