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The conventional view of nationalism is that it was a product of mass literacy and the modern state, underpinned by schoolbooks and Tombs of the Unknown Soldier. Recent years have seen challenges to this historiographic consensus at both a general level (e.g. Azar Gat’s Nations), and with respect to specific peoples (Robert Tomb’s recent The English and Their History comes to mind).

Our latest translation of Russian conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov is more than just a Russian contribution to this debate. It makes the much more radical argument that not only was Russia not a laggard in the process of nation-building, as European historiography has long claimed, but was at the very forefront of this process for longer than a millennium, from Novgorod’s implicit devotion to the Russian commonweal in the 13th century to Russia’s defense of a “Europe of Fatherlands” against the globalist tide of national annihilation today.


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Mammoths and Patriots on the Russian Plain

A Brief History of Russian National Sentiment

by Egor Kholmogorov

Translated by Fluctuarius Argenteus

Original: https://um.plus/2016/04/09/rossiya-rodina-mamontov-i-patriotov/

Sometimes I hear that saying “patriotism as a national idea” is akin to saying that water is wet. However, this argument comes from people with a very superficial understanding of how difficult it is to be patriot given that, unlike a comfortable cosmopolitanism, patriotism is the path of struggle. Also, they fail to realize how important the contribution of Russia and Russian culture is to shaping the very phenomenon of a patriotic consciousness in the modern world. The Russians developed patriotism as a national idea far earlier than most European nations. And it is Russia that keeps its faith in a “Europe of Fatherlands” or a “World of Fatherlands” in today’s age of identity erasure.

“Russia is the Motherland of elephants.” This zinger, coined as a mockery of Russian patriotism[1], is, however, entirely true, with a slight correction: Russia is the Motherland of mammoths. It is thanks to the hunt of those majestic beasts that the first humans on the Russian Plain, then half-concealed by the Great Glacier, created a culture highly developed for its time. Nowadays, archaeologists even speak of a “mammoth hunter civilization.”

Indeed, even nowadays the remains of long-term housing built out of mammoth ivory, exhibited at the museum of Kostenki village, Voronezh Oblast, are no less amazing than some stone ruins from Oriental or European antiquity. Overall, it seems that the mammoth joke is on the jokers.

With the same minor correction, one can claim that Russia is the Motherland of patriotism. Of course, patriotism is a word of Latin roots, also hearkening back to Greek. Of course, the cult of pride for one’s country, its history and its heroes, was developed in Greece and Rome, and new European nations learned this art from the ancients (for example, Old Rus’ via Byzantium).

But there are different kinds of patriotism. “The thrust of the Greek notion of freedom was directed at their closest neighbors: being free meant not being dependent on them”, as noted by Robert Wipper (1859 – 1954), one of our foremost Classical scholars. Only two or three times out of the entirety of Hellenic history the Greeks showed a capacity for working together and for a Pan-Hellenic patriotism, but even 300 Spartans, defending a bottleneck that led to the heart of Greece, believed they were fighting for “Laconic law.” The Greeks saw Hellas not as a common home country but as a common space for competing hometowns, peaceful if possible (at the Olympic Games).

Roman patriotism was more similar to ours. It was a not solely urban but also imperial patriotism, that of a city turned superpower. The history of a city that defended its freedom from foreign invaders and domestic tyrants, vanquished all of its neighbors, and transformed into a worldwide Empire formed the archetype of a patriotic myth for future generations.

The Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg houses a sculpture by Vasily Demut-Malinovsky (1776 – 1846) named The Russian Scaevola. A very Classical-looking Russian peasant with an axe is chopping off his arm bearing a brand of the letter N, meaning “Napoleon.” This patriotic legend was born as an imitation of a celebrated Roman historical myth. A young Roman patrician named Gaius Mucius, nicknamed Scaevola (“Left-Handed”), attempted to assassinate Porsenna, the Etruscan king. When he was caught and subjected to torture, he placed his right hand on a brazier and endured the pain until it became completely charred. Porcenna, terrified by the Roman’s defiant fortitude, sued for peace with his city.

However, it was the city that formed the nucleus of Roman patriotism. If Russia truly were “Muscovy”, if Moscow had been seen as a creator of a new world and not as a unifier of Russian lands, then we could have developed a Roman-styled urban patriotism.

But Russian patriotism existed long before the rise of Moscow, and had at its forefront not the City, but the Land. Russian patriotic consciousness is the oldest national consciousness among European peoples. There is no France yet, only a “Western Frankia.” There is no Germany yet, just the Holy Roman Empire, which would only have the “of the Germanic nation” appended to its name in 1512. England, only recently under the rule of Danish kings and separated into territories of Danelaw and Saxon Law, has fallen under the sway of new conquerors, the haughty Normans marked by both Frankish arrogance and Norse ruthlessness. Meanwhile, a Russian chronicler is already penning the title of his work containing the question: “From whence came the Russian Land?”[2]

150 years before that, Russian envoys already come to Constantinople bearing the words, “We are of Russian kindred”, and they come, as the chronicle puts it, “from the great Russian prince, and all other princes, and all people of the Russian land.” The oldest historical document mentioning the Russians, the Annales Bertiniani from the year 838, already contains this “Russian kindred” formula (id est gentem suam, Rhos vocari dicebant). The chronicler still remembers the differences between Polans, Drevlians, and Vyatichi[3], he knows that Russian princes united Varangians and Slavs, but the unity of this society named “Rus’” seems to him indisputable and beyond all doubt. The first Russian chronicler deliberately constructs the image of Russian history as that of a unified people creating a unified country and subject to a unified authority. The same is discussed by Hilarion of Kiev (11th century) in his Sermon on Law and Grace with regards to Prince Vladimir: “For he was the sole ruler of his land, bringing all neighboring countries under his sway, some of them by peace, and the unruly ones by the sword.

Those three elements – Land, People, Empire – are, in their unity, the true formula of Russian patriotism, inherited by Russia from the times when Western European peoples had no patriotic consciousness to speak of. Only in 1214, when French king Philip II Augustus crushed the joint forces of the Holy Roman Empire and England near Bouvines, can we discover a semblance of French national pride. Only three decades later, an anonymous Russian scribes writes the Lay of the Ruin of the Russian Land, a haunting patriotic manifesto lamenting the destruction of Rus’ in the flames of the Mongol invasion.

Due to the vagaries of history, the tale of the destruction per se is not extant[4], yet we can still read the preamble, a veritable hymn to old pre-Mongol Rus’ demonstrating the height of its patriotic sentiment. The Lay is a love-letter to the Russian Land, a paean to its beauty and wealth. In my opinion, the text should be learned by heart as a part of school curriculum.

“Oh Russian Land, bright with brightness and adorned with adornments! Many are thy beauties: thou art adorned by many lakes, rivers and wells famed in thy lands, mountains, steep hills, tall oak woods, clean fields, marvellous beasts, diverse birds, countless great cities, marvellous villages, vineries of monasteries, houses of the Lord and redoubtable princes, honest boyars, noblemen aplenty. The Russian Land is filled with everything, oh true Christian faith!”

But it is not just the beauty of nature of Rus’ that he relishes; it is also its might, its dominion over other nations and the prestige of its rulers:

“From here to Hungarians and Poles and Czechs, from Czechs to Yotvingians[5], from Yotvingians to Lithuanians to Germans, from Germans to Karelians, from Karelians to Ustyug[6], where live the pagan Toymichi[7], and beyond the Breathing Sea[8], from the sea to Bulgars, from Bulgars to Burtasians[9], from Burtasians to Cheremis[10], from Cheremis to Mordva[11] – everything did the Lord bring under the sway of Christian people. The pagan lands submitted to the Grand Prince Vsevolod[12], and his father Yuri, prince of Kiev[13], and his grandfather Vladimir Monomakh[14], with whose name the Polovtsy[15] scared their children in their cradles. And Lithuanians dared not crawl out of their swamps, and Hungarians fortified their stone cities with iron gates so that the great Vladimir would not strike at them, and the Germans rejoiced, living far away beyond the Blue Sea[16]”

This common national memory, the idea of the Russian Land as a unity was the force that kept Russia from disintegration and destruction during the years of the Mongol yoke. Serapion, Bishop of Vladimir (? – 1275), lamented that “our majesty is brought to the ground, our beauty is dead, our wealth profits others, our works inherited by pagans, our land is the legacy of outlanders.” This, by the way, is the best answer of a contemporary of the Mongol invasion to those that today would present this incursion from the East as a time of friendship and cooperation.

“We cannot relish our own bread.” This formula of Serapion’s is a precise description of centuries-long Russian woes that intensified in the years of the Horde: we cannot have the joy of relishing our bread, it is either won with blood and tears, or stolen by foreign invaders, or the harvest fails. A simple Russian dream: to relish our own bread.

Nevertheless, that dream required fighting for. The Russians afforded particular reverence to those that would fight for Rus’, like Saint Alexander Nevsky. For Novgorod, he was both protector and hangman when he forced a rich mercantile city untouched by the Mongol invasion to pay the tribute imposed by the Horde. This was done to relieve the burden of other Russian lands, pillaged and impoverished. He chopped heads off, drowned peolpe, gouged eyes out; he should have been remembered as a tyrant. Yet here are the words of a Novgorod chronicler in the First Novgorod Chronicle (oldest recension) regarding the prince’s passing: “Merciful Lord, reveal Thy Countenance to him in the ages to come, for he labored much for the sake of Novgorod and the whole of Russian Land.”

“For the whole of Russian Land”, words written in Novgorod, a city oftentimes presented today as something of an independent state forcefully subjugated by Muscovy. However, in spite of all trade ties to the West, Novgorodians gave priority to a Pan-Russian patriotic sentiment, even judging the prince that had harshly mistreated them from the viewpoint of an integral Russian cause, and not just that of their city.

That is the ideological foundation of the unified Russian state, the great Russia, which appeared not with a delay compared to Western Europe, but with a lead. Dmitry Likhachov (1906 – 1999) noted in his book Russian Culture of the Period of Russian Nation-State Formation (1946): “The origins of national elements of specific cultures are more or less simultaneous everywhere in Europe, but only in Russia do they receive support in the form of a proper Russian nation-state. That is why the national character of 14-15th century culture of Rus’ is more pronounced than in that of England, France, or Germany of the same period. The unity of the Russian language is much stronger than that of French, English, German, Italian national languages. Russian literature is much more subordinate to the theme of state-building than that of other nations…”

I cannot agree with Lev Gumilyov’s (1912 – 1992) statement claiming that “they came to the Kulikovo Field[17] as men of Moscow, Serpukhov, Rostov, Beloozero, Smolensk, Murom, etc., but returned as Russians.” The desire to frame the great battle as a turning point is understandable, but the warriors came to fight, came as Russians already, not only those from from the Vladimir Principality and its vassals, but also from Lithuanian-held Rus’. They realized quite well that the true Pan-Russian cause was that of Moscow and not Lithuania. Simeon the Proud, the uncle of Dmitry Donskoy, the victor of Kulikovo, already claimed the title “of all Russias”[18], and the Byzantine emperor referred to him in his epistles as riks pasis Rossias, “the king of all Russia.” Therefore, the warriors of Kulikovo were already fighting for Russia and just Moscow.

Thanks to Joan of Arc, the French got the idea that Englishmen have no right to claim La Belle France for themselves. The Hundred Years’ War in general played an enormous part in developing national awareness in European peoples. It would suffice to compare two versions of the same chronicle written by the famous Jean Froissart with a difference of several decades and describing the same events. The first version is steeped in chivalric ideas, the second one is inspired by the concept of nationality. Froissart interprets the same act first as conforming to the concept of honor, then as typical of English or French character.

In spite of this dichotomy, it is hard to imagine a 15th or early 16th-century French or English king justifying his claims to a certain territory with a national principle, not defending his own domain but demanding to cede a different one “because Frenchmen live there.” At the same time, barely freed from the yoke of the Horde, Russia begins an irredentist struggle for Russian lands. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Livonia are seen as thieves of “ancestral lands” inherited by Russian princes from their forefather, Prince Vladimir.

The Papal envoys, while attempting to cajole Vasily III into a war with distant Turkey, got the following reply from the boyars: “The Grand Prince wants his ancestral domain, the Russian Land” (at that particular moment this claim also included Kiev). Those demands were invariably followed by lengthy historical justifications of the rights Russian state that would shock European diplomats.“Russian diplomats skilfully used their historical learning and created a complex theory of Muscovite princely power that elevated the prestige of the Russian monarchy… It was a creative political ideology that directed the politics of the Russian state towards the defence of national interests and culture in the complex milieu of European civilisation”, writes Dmitry Likhachov in National Consciousness of Old Rus’.

At that time Europe was engulfed in wars of religion. The battle of Catholics and Protestants almost succeeded in stamping out the sprouts of nascent national consciousness. Only horror and revulsion at the atrocities inflicted by kin and kith speaking the same language keeps national consciousness alive in spite of religious boundaries. European nations mostly grew out of a rejection of religious schism, and this was a positive and unifying side of European nationalism. But it was also marred by a certain Hellenic particularism, all too often national bigotry was directed at closest neighbors and formed a nation based on this hostility. What are the French without hating Englishmen, Germans, or Spaniards?

Russian national awareness evolved in a different way. It was not directed against a neighbor. Even the attitude towards Poland-Lithuania, in spite of incessant hostilities, never developed into an ethnophobia. If Russophobia is an unfortunate fixture of Polish national awareness, the Russian side of the conflict limited itself to “I’ll have my revenge and then forget.” Russian self-awareness was based on a positive patriotism, on love for one’s own land, people, culture, and ruler. The rejection of others expressed itself not in hatred but in a good-natured gibe similar to the manner in which The Lay of the Ruin describes the neighbors of Rus’.

The “foreign” becomes a threat only if it is injurious and harmful to Russian identity. It is menacing not as an external but as an internal threat, as demonstrated by the Time of Troubles. Russia has no difficulty in repelling invaders but wasted much effort on surpassing internal conflict that almost wrecked the state itself. Ivan Timofeev (ca. 1555 – 1631), one of the most acute observers of the Time of Troubles, saw the root of all evil in an obsession with all things foreign that had engulfed Ivan the Terrible and Boris Godunov. He chastises the first Russian czar for straying from national identity:

“He slew many nobles of his czardom that were loyal to him, others he exiled into lands of heathen faiths, and instead of them he favored those who had come from foreign lands… That is why we are surprised: even people of moderate reason would have understood that one cannot trust one’s enemies forever. And he, a man of such great wisdom, was laid low by his own weak conscience, willingly putting his head into serpent’s jaws. All enemies that came from other lands would have never defeated him if he hadn’t surrendered himself into their hands. Alas! All of his secrets were in the hands of barbarians, and they did what they pleased with him. I will say nothing more – he was a traitor to himself.”

Timofeev reproaches the common folk as well. “Their tongues grew mute and their mouths were shut with bribery; all of our feelings were weakened by fear” is his description of Boris Godunov’s rise to power, the ascendancy of a man who was seen by many as a criminal and a child-murderer. The same complacence in the face of wickedness at the beginning of the Time of Trouble is lambasted by Avraamy Palitsyn (? – ca. 1625), who speaks of “a mad silence of the entire people.”

The restoration of the country begins with a loud patriotic proclamations: the epistles of Patriarch Hermogenes (ca. 1530 – 1612), calling Russia to resist brigands and invaders; the letters of the Nizhny Novgorod volunteer army[19] calling to “stand united against common enemies and Russian brigands that spill our own blood in the country.” Patriotic rhetoric and patriotic awareness were the remedy that nursed Russia back to health in the moment where its statehood was in tatters. The Chronograph (1617)[20] describes the Council of the Land that elected a new dynasty[21] by painting a picture of national unity: “From the borders to the hinterlands of the Russian land the Orthodox people, men both meek and powerful, rich and poor, old and young, were granted the generous gift of life-giving wisdom and illuminated with the light of virtuously minded concord. Even though they came from different lands, they spoke with one voice, even though they were dissimilar as they lived far apart, they were gathered in one council as equals.”

The Time of Troubles and the heroism of Minin and Pozharsky’s resistance army are a damning argument against the popular myth that denies the existence of the Russian nation in that period. On the contrary, Russia, in the depth of its national and patriotic consciousness, was a step or two ahead of even the most progressive of neighbouring countries, where even a century later collusion with foreigners against one’s own nation was not considered dishonorable and considered a legitimate political instrument.

In Russia this was already unthinkable. There, patriotic consciousness was a hallmark of identity, which enabled the reunification of Ukraine, the patriotic heroism of the Great Northern War that required a mighty collective effort of the entire nation to carve out a space among great European powers, the brilliant achievements of Catherine the Great, the majestic victory over Napoleon in 1812. The last war is particularly remarkable: not only ex post facto, but even during the campaign itself it was seen as, and called, a Patriotic War. All gestures and words of the actors in this patriotic drama were made for the cause of the Fatherland.

The Russian propaganda machine left Napoleon no chance to subjugate the Russian people or entrench his dominance. The narcissistic conqueror was opposed not only by soldiers but by artists of rhetoric, from patriotic admiral Alexander Shishkov (1754 – 1841) who wrote the czar’s manifestos to populist propaganda virtuoso Count Fyodor Rostopchin (1763 – 1826) and his broadsides[22]. Without understanding the cultural and symbolic background we can never understand the most important of historical events, from the Battle of Borodino, fought mainly for political reasons, where every Russian officer saw death or injury as the highest honor, to the epic and terrifying fire of Moscow. Russia opposed Napoleon not only with a superior fighting spirit but also with a superior, elaborate patriotic ideology.

Even in Europe, German nationalism was not a predecessor but perhaps a byproduct of Russian patriotic resistance to Napoleon. Russia created a vast network of resistance, inspiring many European minds. Alexander Svechin (1878 – 1938), a prominent military theorist, gives the following description of the German front of Russian propaganda wars:

Russia organized a German Committee under the de facto leadership of Baron Heinrich von und zu Stein, the political head of the German national movement, who consented to leading the Russian propaganda effort. With a brilliant cadre of German patriotic officers that had resigned Prussian service when Prussia had been strongarmed into an alliance with Napoleon, Stein decided to create a German Legion staffed with German deserters and prisoners of war from La Grande Armée. The Legion was intended as a revolutionary challenge to a Germany enslaved by the French and then the core of an armed insurrection within Germany itself.

A fine example of propaganda tracts published in Saint Petersburg in October 1812 at the printers of the Senate, financed by an absolute monarch, is the “Brief Catechism of the German Soldier” written by Ernst Moritz Arndt by special commission. It claimed that German soldiers used to have their own emperor, but then they made a pact with Satan and Hell in the guise of Napoleon. People who were once free became slaves and are being sent to far-flung countries to turn free and happy peoples into slaves just as themselves. A German emperor sends a German soldier to war; must he fight? No, says Arndt; the idea of monarchy is subordinate to that of the nation and Fatherland. If the sovereign forces his soldiers to oppress the innocent and violate their rights, if he conspires against the happiness and freedom of his own subjects, if he colludes with the enemies of his own nation, if he allows his population to be robbed, dishonored, and raped, then following the orders of such a sovereign would be an affront to divine law. German honor commands the German soldier to break the sword that German despots force him to raise for the cause of his nation’s enemies, the French. The soldier must remember that the Fatherland and nation are timeless and deathless, while monarchs and all kinds of superiors will stay in the past with their petty ambitions and disgraceful misdeeds…

The success of propaganda among German regiments that defended Napoleon’s operation lines in 1812 was largely instrumental for the Berezina battle plan, an encirclement of the La Grande Armée core that had delved too deep into Moscow.

This fact seems like a veritable mockery of the popular Western “time zones of nationalism” theory formulated by Ernest Gellner. Allegedly, national consciousness in Europe develops from West to East. The further to the West, the more developed the national sentiment, the stronger its civic nature. Conversely, the further you look to the East, the more tardy and ethnocentric the national sentiment there.

As we can see, this is patently untrue. Russian national sentiment is not younger but older than German, or even the French and English. It is the oldest among the modern peoples of Europe, based on an identity of the Russian Land already pronounced in 10-11th centuries. There is no reason for assigning the Russians a more recent birth date. At the same time, the Russian self-awareness is perhaps not the most but the least ethnocentric, sometimes overly so, causing certain inconveniences for the Russians themselves.

The object of this sentiment is not the place of a particular ethnic group among others but the Fatherland, the Russian Land, its beauty and grandeur among other lands.

The Russians were indeed late in realising the ethnic aspect of nationalism, not due to an alleged backwardness, but because they were late in encountering ethnic nationalism directed against them, mostly in the western borderlands of the Russian Empire. A certain part was played by the German nationalism in the Baltic region; having clashed with it, Yuri Samarin (1819 – 1876) formulated his idea of Russians as a nation that needs equal rights within its own empire in his Letters from Riga (1849)[23].

In spite of the “time zone” theory, German nationalism – in the form of a Pan-German, unifying, state-driven national sentiment – was not a predecessor but a product of Russian patriotism that manifested in the anti-Napoleonic struggle. Russia stimulated German nationalism as an opposition to a Pan-European empire, not imitated it. Russia became a protector of identity and national diversity in Europe in spite of all attempts to forge it into some faceless union.

Nowadays, Russian patriotism preserves the same importance. As justly reminded by Vladimir Putin: “For Russia, for a Russian person […] the patriotic sentiment is very important, the sense of national belonging that is now, to their chagrin, being eroded in certain European countries.” In today’s Europe, the eyes of those who seek to preserve their national identity, those who are patriots and nationalists in the best sense of the word, are fixed upon Moscow. Conversely, those who yell the loudest about a “Russian menace” and a “European unity in the face of Russian aggression” are mostly partisans of a complete erasure of European faces and borders, oriented towards the EU Quarter of Brussels and the White House.

As I have attempted to demonstrate, this is really old news. Russia is still the Motherland of patriotism in Europe, and now, in defiance of an artificial denationalisation imposed by Communism, we are returning to our old mission – keeping the flame of nationality in Europe, preserving it as a Europe of Fatherlands and not a public thoroughfare.


Notes

[1] The origins of this memetic phrase are in the so-called Anti-Cosmopolitan campaign enacted in the final years of Stalinism (1948-53); one of its prominent traits was the “discovery” Russian “firsts” in science, invention, the arts, etc.; many of such “discoveries” were based on dubious or outright falsified data. The “Motherland of elephants” joke was born as a parody of this propaganda blitz.

[2] An allusion to the Primary Chronicle, a.k.a. The Tale of Past Years (ca. 1110), Russia’s oldest surviving historical chronicle traditionally attributed to Nestor (ca. 1056 – 1114), a monk of the Kiev Monastery of the Caves. Its first words, often interpreted as the work’s title, are “These are the tales of past years, of where the Russian Land comes from, of who reigned the first in Kiev, and of how the Russian Land came to be.”

[3] Early East Slavic tribal groups.

[4] The anonymous 13th-century work only survives in fragments and quotations, most of them limited to its poetic preamble.

[5] Baltic tribal group.

[6] Modern-day Velikiy Ustyug, a city in the far Russian North.

[7] An obscure Finno-Ugric tribe.

[8] The White Sea or the Arctic Ocean.

[9] A defunct Volga ethnic group of unknown origin.

[10] An ancient name for the Mari ethnic group, in the modern-day Mariy El Republic of Russia.

[11] A Finno-Ugric ethnic group, in the modern-day Mordovia Republic of Russia.

[12] Vsevolod the Big Nest (1154 – 1212), Grand Prince of Vladimir.

[13] Yuri Dolgorukiy (ca. 1099 – 1157), Grand Prince of Suzdal and Kiev, founder of Moscow.

[14] Vladimir Monomakh (1053 – 1125), Grand Prince of Kiev. Famous, among other things, for organizing successful collective Russians expeditions against steppe nomads.

[15] Russian name for Cumans, nomads of Turkic origin.

[16] The Baltic.

[17] The battle of Kulikovo (1380) was fought by a Muscovy-led coalition of Russian principalities and was the first major Russian victory over Mongols in decades.

[18] This traditional English translation of title is something of a misnomer, a more precise one would be “of the whole of Rus’” or “of the united Rus’.”

[19] A popular resistance force organized in 1611 in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod by the merchant Kuzma Minin and the nobleman Dmitry Pozharsky with the goal of suppressing roving bands of brigands, expelling Polish invaders, and preventing the complete collapse of the Russian state. It was instrumental in defeating the Polish garrison in Moscow in 1612 and restoring an independent Russian monarchy in 1613.

[20] Compendium of Russian and world history from Biblical events to recent times, including the events of the Time of Troubles.

[21] An irregularly convened assembly of delegates from all estates of Russian feudal society (sometimes including peasantry) that discussed and voted on the affairs of the state, active ca. 1549 – ca. 1683. The Council of 1613 was particularly important for electing a new dynasty (the Romanovs) to take the vacant Russian throne.

[22] As governor of Moscow during the Napoleonic invasion, Rostopchin became famous for the mass printing and distribution of colorful broadsides with grotesque caricatures and easy-to-grasp text, written in a deliberately folksy style, that satirized the enemy and called for a mass popular resistance.

[23] In 1846, as a government inspector, Samarin travelled through what now is Latvia, documenting many facts of abusive and arrogant attitude towards Russia and the Russians by privileged Baltic German nobility amid the tacit or open support of Russian government officials. Drawing from those experiences, he published a pamphlet titled Letters from Riga (1849), considered one of the first Slavophile manifestos and a seminal document of modern Russian nationalism. The publication caused a scandal that led to Samarin’s brief imprisonment and exile for “fomenting anti-government dissent.”


Translator’s Notes

  1. Several abridgements were made in accordance with the author’s wishes.
  2. The translator took the liberty of making the text more accesible to readers not possessing an in-depth knowledge of Russian history. All names were rendered in their full form, and mentions of most Russian historical figures come with birth and death years for easier reference.
  3. Only names, events, etc. that cannot be identified with a quick Google or Wikipedia search were annotated. So were several allusions to historical events known to every educated Russian but obscure in the West.
 
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  1. Kamran says:

    If people can generally just learn not to step on each other’s toes, maybe the world really would be a better place.

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  2. melanf says:

    A relatively rare example of the Russian “svidomizm”. Romantic fantasy with a lot of obvious manipulations.

    It is possible to find more interesting examples of “true Russian history”

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    (Russia 10 000 BC – according to some “patriots”)

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  3. @melanf
    A relatively rare example of the Russian "svidomizm". Romantic fantasy with a lot of obvious manipulations.

    It is possible to find more interesting examples of "true Russian history"

    http://imgur.com/a/fWBim

    (Russia 10 000 BC - according to some "patriots")

    Please elaborate.

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    Please elaborate.
     
    Explore just one example. Kholmogorov writes:

    «150 years before that, Russian envoys already come to Constantinople bearing the words, “We are of Russian kindred”, and they come, as the chronicle puts it, “from the great Russian prince, and all other princes, and all people of the Russian land.”…. Russian national sentiment is not younger but older than German, or even the French and English. It is the oldest among the modern peoples of Europe, based on an identity of the Russian Land already pronounced in 10-11th centuries.»


     

    Text of Treaty:
    «We are the envoys from the Russian people: Ivar, envoy of Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and the general envoys as follows: Vefast representing Svyatoslav, son of Igor'; Isgaut for the Princess Olga; Slothi for Igor', nephew of Igor'; Oleif for Vladislav; Kanitzar for Predslava; Sigbjorn for Svanhild, wife of Oleif; Freystein for Thorth; Leif for Arfast; Grim for Sverki; Freystein for Haakon, nephew of Igor'; Kari for Stoething; Karlsefni for Thorth; Hegri for Efling; Voist for Voik; Eistr for Amund; Freystein for Bjorn; Yatving for Gunnar; Sigfrid for Halfdan; Kill for Klakki; Steggi for Jotun; Sverki; Hallvarth for Guthi; Frothi for Throand; Munthor for Ut; the merchants Authun, Authulf, Ingivald, Oleif, Frutan, Gamal, Kussi, Heming, Thorfrid, Thorstein, Bruni, Hroald, Gunnfast, Freystein, Ingjald, Thorbjorn, Manni, Hroald, Svein, Styr, Halfdan, Tirr, Askbrand, Visleif, Sveinki Borich: sent by Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and from each prince and all the people of the land of Rus', by whom is ordained the renewal of the former peace and to the establishment of concord between Greeks and Russes for many years to come»

    The names of the "envoys from the Russian people" - Scandinavian, becouse the "Russes" of 10th century - association warriors and merchants, mostly of Scandinavian origin ( " Russes " unite around himself Slavic and Finnish tribes - through many centuries, this union will become modern Russia).

    How Eastern European Vikings of the 10th century can be considered as representatives of the modern Russian nation? Then perhaps the Franks of Clovis is modern French, and the Cherusci of Arminius is a modern German?

    And the whole entire text of Kolmogorov consists of such fraud

  4. melanf says:
    @Bucaramanga
    Please elaborate.

    Please elaborate.

    Explore just one example. Kholmogorov writes:

    «150 years before that, Russian envoys already come to Constantinople bearing the words, “We are of Russian kindred”, and they come, as the chronicle puts it, “from the great Russian prince, and all other princes, and all people of the Russian land.”…. Russian national sentiment is not younger but older than German, or even the French and English. It is the oldest among the modern peoples of Europe, based on an identity of the Russian Land already pronounced in 10-11th centuries.»

    Text of Treaty:
    «We are the envoys from the Russian people: Ivar, envoy of Igor’, Great Prince of Rus’, and the general envoys as follows: Vefast representing Svyatoslav, son of Igor’; Isgaut for the Princess Olga; Slothi for Igor’, nephew of Igor’; Oleif for Vladislav; Kanitzar for Predslava; Sigbjorn for Svanhild, wife of Oleif; Freystein for Thorth; Leif for Arfast; Grim for Sverki; Freystein for Haakon, nephew of Igor’; Kari for Stoething; Karlsefni for Thorth; Hegri for Efling; Voist for Voik; Eistr for Amund; Freystein for Bjorn; Yatving for Gunnar; Sigfrid for Halfdan; Kill for Klakki; Steggi for Jotun; Sverki; Hallvarth for Guthi; Frothi for Throand; Munthor for Ut; the merchants Authun, Authulf, Ingivald, Oleif, Frutan, Gamal, Kussi, Heming, Thorfrid, Thorstein, Bruni, Hroald, Gunnfast, Freystein, Ingjald, Thorbjorn, Manni, Hroald, Svein, Styr, Halfdan, Tirr, Askbrand, Visleif, Sveinki Borich: sent by Igor’, Great Prince of Rus’, and from each prince and all the people of the land of Rus’, by whom is ordained the renewal of the former peace and to the establishment of concord between Greeks and Russes for many years to come»

    The names of the “envoys from the Russian people” – Scandinavian, becouse the “Russes” of 10th century – association warriors and merchants, mostly of Scandinavian origin ( ” Russes ” unite around himself Slavic and Finnish tribes – through many centuries, this union will become modern Russia).

    How Eastern European Vikings of the 10th century can be considered as representatives of the modern Russian nation? Then perhaps the Franks of Clovis is modern French, and the Cherusci of Arminius is a modern German?

    And the whole entire text of Kolmogorov consists of such fraud

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    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Pseudonymic Handle
    Yes.
    He elides that Muscovy rose to power as the knut of the mongol khans, collecting the tribute and punishing rebels for them from other russians.
    He also forgets to mention that the "russian lands" means everything under the skies, from Warsaw to Kurils, from Finland to Istanbul and Persia.
    Left unmentioned is that russian nationalism has created the modern concept of ethnic cleansing when they committed the genocide of the Circassians, a North Caucasian people famous for the beauty of their women (this is from where caucasian as a name for whites comes from, as Circassians were seen as the best example of whites)
    Russians are a fun people (in small doses), but Russia is and has always been a miserable place, hell bent on exporting her misery by force to the detriment of the many nations unfortunate to be neighbours with this expansionist country.
    , @Bucaramanga
    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail - it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.

    How does it contradict the argument of the article that Russians have an identity that developed very early on?
    , @Anonymous
    "How Eastern European Vikings of the 10th century can be considered as representatives of the
    modern Russian nation?"

    Easy. Many of them voluntarily assimilated and became part of, among others, the modern Russian nation.

    Here are some quotes from a site www.ancientmilitary.com

    "The ancient Slavs ..... always seemed to be between powerful adversaries; stuck between the warlike Germans and the martially powerful steppe nomads or between the Frankish and Byzantine Empires, the super powers of their day. To the North of the Slavs lived the fierce Scandinavians, a society that produced the mighty Vikings and who conquered many lands. Yet amazingly the Slavs survived, and bewilderingly, they even thrived. Slavic tribes burst forth from their homeland and conquered and settled half of Europe, forever changing the history of the continent and the world. Few of the lands that were slavicized by these ancient warriors were ever taken back by their opponents, and the migration of the Slavs continue to this day."

    "The Slavs expansion of the 5th – 7th centuries reached from the Rhine, to Southern Greece and the Russian steppes. Although experts disagree about how it happened, they all agree that within the short span of 150 years an amazingly uniform culture took over half of Europe. They formed an egalitarian society with Slavic as a common language........ The independent nature of the Slavic tribes contrast with the dependence of the marauding steppe horsemen on settled populations. Ironically, groups like the Huns who created so much destruction in the empires of their day needed those same empires for supplies and gold to pay their hordes. These nomadic groups only made camps and when they dispersed they left nothing lasting behind, unlike the Slavs who permanently settled and absorbed the local populations."

    "Eventually, during the 8th – 10th centuries the Slavs began to form nations.......The Slavic tribes created many nations throughout Europe and expanding into Asia, leaving a lasting mark on history. The ancient Slavs rose from relative obscurity to becoming one of the great forces of the world primarily due to their expansion from the 6th to 8th centuries AD and their stubborn ability to hold these lands throughout the ages."

    This seems rather objective and seems to explain a lot.

  5. whahae says:

    Russian national awareness evolved in a different way. It was not directed against a neighbor. Even the attitude towards Poland-Lithuania, in spite of incessant hostilities, never developed into an ethnophobia.

    Stopped taking the article serious at this point.

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  6. Interesting piece, even though I don’t find all of its claims persuasive, there does seem to be quite a lot of myth-making and very selective presentation of facts in it.
    I assume this part:

    This, by the way, is the best answer of a contemporary of the Mongol invasion to those that today would present this incursion from the East as a time of friendship and cooperation.

    refers to Dugin and other Eurasianists? What’s the general view of the Mongol invasion in Russia today?

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    You are entirely correct in assuming that this is a jab at extreme Eurasianists/Duginists/Gumilevists.

    The reception of the Mongol invasion remains mostly traditional (a terrible catastrophe that did lasting historical damage and held Russia back for 200 years), with creeping "politically correct" revisionism of the Mongol yoke as a positive period (mostly to placate Tatars, Kazakhs, etc.) and wild Neo-Eurasianist theories about a "symbiosis" or even an "anti-Western alliance" making their ways into academia and the collective historical subconscious.

    As a German reader, what can say on what the author says about Russia's role in early German nationalism?

    , @Mr. Hack

    What’s the general view of the Mongol invasion in Russia today?
     
    The preeminent scholar of Mongol(Tartar)/Rus history in the 20th century is undoubtedly Charles Halpern. If you’re really interested in this topic (as you appear to be), then read anything and everything you can written by the man. His ‘Russia and the Golden Horde’ belongs on your library shelf.

    I confess that it irks me whenever anybody, including the erudite Halpern, substitutes ‘Russia’ for ‘Rus’, for it’s really a great inaccuracy. Even Halpern, after spending some time really engrossed in Michael Hrushevsky’s monumental ‘History of Ukraine-Rus’, reviewing it quite judicially and yet very complimentary states about himself in the review of the masterpiece about his own guilt here:

    ‘While he [Hrushevsky] admitted that Vladimir-Suzdal inherited political, legal and cultural institution from Kyivan Rus, he denied that such borrowing finessed the national barrier between Ukrainian south and Russian northeast, which he likened to that between Rome and Gaul. Hrusehvsky’s interpretation remains a powerful indictment of the Great Russian interpretation of Kyivan Rus exclusively or primarily as the forerunner of Muscovy, of russkaya zemlia as the ‘Russian land’ (a sin to which the current reviewer pleads mea culpa for too many past occasions). Hrusevsky’s nuanced and sophisticated presentation of his conception reflects both his enormous erudition and impeccable scholarly integrity.’
     
    http://www.ciuspress.com/catalogue/history/24/History%20of%20Ukraine-Rus‘.%20Volume%201
    , @melanf


    This, by the way, is the best answer of a contemporary of the Mongol invasion to those that today would present this incursion from the East as a time of friendship and cooperation
     
    .
    refers to Dugin and other Eurasianists?
     
    It is ("friendship and cooperation") the ideas of Lev Gumilev, clearly pseudoscientific

    "Gumilev was more of a poet, like his parents Nikolai Gumilev and Anna Akhmatova, than he was a scholar. ...Lev’s histories were often fanciful and, strictly speaking, not very scholarly; he invented people, he invented documents, or transported things magically through time so that they would fit his narrative. … His opponents accused him of complete disregard for the evidence.’ His doctoral thesis Ethnogenesis and the Human Biosphere was ...because it was poor scholarship which ‘argued theory into the realms of science fiction."

    What’s the general view of the Mongol invasion in Russia today?
     
    There is no "general view ". Probably (among people interested in history), the prevailing view is that the Mongol invasion was devastating, but it also created the conditions for the emergence of a strong Russian state (these ideas were expressed by Karamzin in the early 19th century).
  7. Mr. Hack says:

    The ability to assign all of the attributes of a fully formed Russian nation to areas where another nationality (including of upwards of 60,000,000 people worldwide) reside, can only be achieved by using the highest forms of chicanery, including smoke and mirrors. For a more nuanced and balanced treatment of the formations of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples (minus the Svidomite insufferability), I highly recommend Serhii Plokhy’s monumental and groundbreaking work:

    ‘The Origins of Slavic Nations, Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus’

    The whole glorious assemblage can be accessed at this address, free of charge:

    http://diasporiana.org.ua/wp-content/uploads/books/8713/file.pdf

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  8. Sean says:
    @Kamran
    If people can generally just learn not to step on each other's toes, maybe the world really would be a better place.

    What makes you think so?

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    Simply that nationalism is a reaction to attacks on community A (defined by ethnicity, religion, race, or social class) by community B (defined likewise). If community A is isolated from community B, then community A will soon start squabbling within itself. Only in the presence of a external threat does community A solidify and emerge as distinct group.

    In general, since the bronze age, these concentric circles have been expanding, from small city states to large regional kingdoms, to empires, to gigantic civilizational blocks like Christendom.

    In this particular case, I think the ethnogenesis of the Slavic peoples is quite recent (relatively speaking) at around 1,500 years ago. You can read old church slavonic and see that is quite close to proto-slavic. Slavic first split into West Slavic; which is now Polish, Czech and Slovak, and into East Slavic; which is now Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian, and into South Slavic; Serbo-Croat, etc.

    The original Russian state was centered on the the Golden Ring of Russian cities, northeast of Moscow. If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic. Preferably something with original texts and documents directly referred to and quoted in the text.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Ring

    This quite a way from Kiev, where Kievan Rus

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27

    Most Russian nationalists want to unite the Ukrainians and Belarussians under the Moscow state, but why should they stop there? Poland, Czech Republic, and Yugoslavia are all Slavic peoples as well.

    N.B.: Я просто шучу Толя, давайте не будем вызывать у Поляков панику.

  9. Kamran says:
    @Sean
    What makes you think so?

    Simply that nationalism is a reaction to attacks on community A (defined by ethnicity, religion, race, or social class) by community B (defined likewise). If community A is isolated from community B, then community A will soon start squabbling within itself. Only in the presence of a external threat does community A solidify and emerge as distinct group.

    In general, since the bronze age, these concentric circles have been expanding, from small city states to large regional kingdoms, to empires, to gigantic civilizational blocks like Christendom.

    In this particular case, I think the ethnogenesis of the Slavic peoples is quite recent (relatively speaking) at around 1,500 years ago. You can read old church slavonic and see that is quite close to proto-slavic. Slavic first split into West Slavic; which is now Polish, Czech and Slovak, and into East Slavic; which is now Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian, and into South Slavic; Serbo-Croat, etc.

    The original Russian state was centered on the the Golden Ring of Russian cities, northeast of Moscow. If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic. Preferably something with original texts and documents directly referred to and quoted in the text.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Ring

    This quite a way from Kiev, where Kievan Rus

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27

    Most Russian nationalists want to unite the Ukrainians and Belarussians under the Moscow state, but why should they stop there? Poland, Czech Republic, and Yugoslavia are all Slavic peoples as well.

    N.B.: Я просто шучу Толя, давайте не будем вызывать у Поляков панику.

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    WHo is talking about panic? Your joke is funnyy because Russia already did try to unite all Slavs, saying that all Slavic nations are rivers which should join within Russian sea. It didn't work.
    , @Sean

    If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic. Preferably something with original texts and documents directly referred to and quoted in the text.
     
    https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/revisiting-the-icon-and-the-axe-and-its-impact-russian-studies
    , @melanf

    . If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic.
     
    In Russian http://statehistory.ru/books/Anton-Gorskiy_Rus-Ot-slavyanskogo-Rasseleniya-do-Moskovskogo-tsarstva/


    English http://www.mgh-bibliothek.de/dokumente/a/a011458.pdf
    , @Ondrej
    Not sure if it will be interest, - but lot of is encoded in language itself.

    For information about Slavic languages I would recommend:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Jakobson
    The Kernel of Comparative Slavic Literature

    and prof. Zaliznijak for Russian:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Nuiw73EY50

    a lot of interesting you can find out about his research of Novgorod Gramotas..

  10. @melanf

    Please elaborate.
     
    Explore just one example. Kholmogorov writes:

    «150 years before that, Russian envoys already come to Constantinople bearing the words, “We are of Russian kindred”, and they come, as the chronicle puts it, “from the great Russian prince, and all other princes, and all people of the Russian land.”…. Russian national sentiment is not younger but older than German, or even the French and English. It is the oldest among the modern peoples of Europe, based on an identity of the Russian Land already pronounced in 10-11th centuries.»


     

    Text of Treaty:
    «We are the envoys from the Russian people: Ivar, envoy of Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and the general envoys as follows: Vefast representing Svyatoslav, son of Igor'; Isgaut for the Princess Olga; Slothi for Igor', nephew of Igor'; Oleif for Vladislav; Kanitzar for Predslava; Sigbjorn for Svanhild, wife of Oleif; Freystein for Thorth; Leif for Arfast; Grim for Sverki; Freystein for Haakon, nephew of Igor'; Kari for Stoething; Karlsefni for Thorth; Hegri for Efling; Voist for Voik; Eistr for Amund; Freystein for Bjorn; Yatving for Gunnar; Sigfrid for Halfdan; Kill for Klakki; Steggi for Jotun; Sverki; Hallvarth for Guthi; Frothi for Throand; Munthor for Ut; the merchants Authun, Authulf, Ingivald, Oleif, Frutan, Gamal, Kussi, Heming, Thorfrid, Thorstein, Bruni, Hroald, Gunnfast, Freystein, Ingjald, Thorbjorn, Manni, Hroald, Svein, Styr, Halfdan, Tirr, Askbrand, Visleif, Sveinki Borich: sent by Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and from each prince and all the people of the land of Rus', by whom is ordained the renewal of the former peace and to the establishment of concord between Greeks and Russes for many years to come»

    The names of the "envoys from the Russian people" - Scandinavian, becouse the "Russes" of 10th century - association warriors and merchants, mostly of Scandinavian origin ( " Russes " unite around himself Slavic and Finnish tribes - through many centuries, this union will become modern Russia).

    How Eastern European Vikings of the 10th century can be considered as representatives of the modern Russian nation? Then perhaps the Franks of Clovis is modern French, and the Cherusci of Arminius is a modern German?

    And the whole entire text of Kolmogorov consists of such fraud

    Yes.
    He elides that Muscovy rose to power as the knut of the mongol khans, collecting the tribute and punishing rebels for them from other russians.
    He also forgets to mention that the “russian lands” means everything under the skies, from Warsaw to Kurils, from Finland to Istanbul and Persia.
    Left unmentioned is that russian nationalism has created the modern concept of ethnic cleansing when they committed the genocide of the Circassians, a North Caucasian people famous for the beauty of their women (this is from where caucasian as a name for whites comes from, as Circassians were seen as the best example of whites)
    Russians are a fun people (in small doses), but Russia is and has always been a miserable place, hell bent on exporting her misery by force to the detriment of the many nations unfortunate to be neighbours with this expansionist country.

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    • Replies: @Bucaramanga
    I am at a loss how the fact that the rise of Russia (much like that of any other nation) wasn't all fluff ponies and cotton candy contradicts the argument of the article. You are basically supporting the proposition that Russians have had a very historically strong national identity.
    , @melanf
    Kholmogorov manipulates the facts, but what you write is an outright lie

    He elides that Muscovy rose to power as the knut of the mongol khans, collecting the tribute and punishing rebels for them from other russians.
     
    Rise of Moscow began in 1301, when the first Moscow Prince Daniil Alexandrovich defeated the Mongol detachment under Pereyaslavl. The princes of Moscow were not "knut of the mongol khans", it's just slander

    He also forgets to mention that the “russian lands” means everything under the skies, from Warsaw to Kurils, from Finland to Istanbul and Persia.
     
    This statement is your (and only your) fiction

    Left unmentioned is that russian nationalism has created the modern concept of ethnic cleansing when they committed the genocide of the Circassians
     
    The Circassians resettlement was not genocide. The Circassians were given a choice: obey Russia or resettle in the Ottoman Empire. Obedience meant that the Russian government in order to control the Circassians, resettled highlanders from the mountains to the plains of the Kuban. The mountain village was destroyed because in the mountains the Circassians was impossible to control.
    In addition, Circassians (if they obey Russia ) have to become subjects to an infidel ruler, to abandon their way of life (an important part of which was hiking to capture slaves)
    http://imgur.com/a/jAnua
    , to pay taxes (for the Circassians this was tantamount of slave status) and so on.

    Besides, were the order of the Sultan (who was also Caliph - the ruler of the faithful) Abdul-Aziz addressed the Circassians: " *Leave your homes, hasten to me immediately, so as not to deserve the wrath of Almighty Allah and the victorious Sultan* ". The Turkish government promised the Circassians, who resettled in Turkey all sorts of benefits

    As a result most of the Circassians chose resettlement in the Ottoman Empire (that naturally pleased the Russian officials).
    Poorly organized relocation to Turkey occurred in ships, overwhelming the ships capacity by far, thus people died of diseases (It was common situation when transporting people on ships in that era. Similarly, thousands of French and English soldiers were dying during transport by sea in the Crimean war. Similarly, dead poor emigrants sailing to America. ). Even worse for the Circassians after arriving in Turkey - the Sultan's promises proved false, and Circassians in the quarantine camps were massively dying of diseases and starvation (as well as fled back to the Russian Empire). To Turkey has moved about 450 000 Circassians, about 70 000 were left in the Russian Empire (the total number of all Circassians were 500-600 thousand people). Then the Turks settled Circassians in the wrong for their lands (including in the deserts of Arabia), where the Circassians continued to die from disease. How many died could not be assessed, but the majority of the dead died in Turkey and Russia bear for it only indirectly blame

    These actions of the Russian government against the Circassians can be considered as analogous of the forced resettlement of the Comanches and Apaches in the reservation. It was a cruel action, but not genocid.

    And of course the ethnic cleansing and genocides have happened since the Assyrian Empire, Russia such things definitely did not invent

  11. @melanf

    Please elaborate.
     
    Explore just one example. Kholmogorov writes:

    «150 years before that, Russian envoys already come to Constantinople bearing the words, “We are of Russian kindred”, and they come, as the chronicle puts it, “from the great Russian prince, and all other princes, and all people of the Russian land.”…. Russian national sentiment is not younger but older than German, or even the French and English. It is the oldest among the modern peoples of Europe, based on an identity of the Russian Land already pronounced in 10-11th centuries.»


     

    Text of Treaty:
    «We are the envoys from the Russian people: Ivar, envoy of Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and the general envoys as follows: Vefast representing Svyatoslav, son of Igor'; Isgaut for the Princess Olga; Slothi for Igor', nephew of Igor'; Oleif for Vladislav; Kanitzar for Predslava; Sigbjorn for Svanhild, wife of Oleif; Freystein for Thorth; Leif for Arfast; Grim for Sverki; Freystein for Haakon, nephew of Igor'; Kari for Stoething; Karlsefni for Thorth; Hegri for Efling; Voist for Voik; Eistr for Amund; Freystein for Bjorn; Yatving for Gunnar; Sigfrid for Halfdan; Kill for Klakki; Steggi for Jotun; Sverki; Hallvarth for Guthi; Frothi for Throand; Munthor for Ut; the merchants Authun, Authulf, Ingivald, Oleif, Frutan, Gamal, Kussi, Heming, Thorfrid, Thorstein, Bruni, Hroald, Gunnfast, Freystein, Ingjald, Thorbjorn, Manni, Hroald, Svein, Styr, Halfdan, Tirr, Askbrand, Visleif, Sveinki Borich: sent by Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and from each prince and all the people of the land of Rus', by whom is ordained the renewal of the former peace and to the establishment of concord between Greeks and Russes for many years to come»

    The names of the "envoys from the Russian people" - Scandinavian, becouse the "Russes" of 10th century - association warriors and merchants, mostly of Scandinavian origin ( " Russes " unite around himself Slavic and Finnish tribes - through many centuries, this union will become modern Russia).

    How Eastern European Vikings of the 10th century can be considered as representatives of the modern Russian nation? Then perhaps the Franks of Clovis is modern French, and the Cherusci of Arminius is a modern German?

    And the whole entire text of Kolmogorov consists of such fraud

    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail – it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.

    How does it contradict the argument of the article that Russians have an identity that developed very early on?

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    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail – it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages
     
    There were once Germans in what is now France who referred to themselves as Franks. France got its name from these people. Does that make them Frenchmen in any sort of modern sense?
    , @melanf

    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail – it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.
    How does it contradict the argument of the article that Russians have an identity that developed very early on?
     
    Because "Russes" 9-10 centuries, clearly were not modern Russian. They were not even Slavs. Russian medieval Chronicles clearly write about it

    "(in 859) The Varangians from beyond the sea imposed tribute upon the Chuds, the Slavs, the Merians, the Ves', and the Krivichians. The tributaries of the Varangians drove them back beyond the sea and, refusing them further tribute, set out to govern themselves. There was no law among them, but tribe rose against tribe. Discord thus ensued among them, and they began to war one against another.

    (in 862) They said to themselves, "Let us seek a prince who may rule over us and judge us according to the Law." They accordingly went overseas to the Varangian Russes: these particular Varangians were known as Russes, just as some are called Swedes, and others Normans, English, and Gotlanders, for they were thus named. The Chuds, the Slavs, the Krivichians, and the Ves' then said to the people of Rus', "Our land is great and rich, but there is no order in it. Come to rule and reign over us." They thus selected three brothers, with their kinsfolk, who took with them all the Russes and migrated. On account of these Varangians, the district of Novgorod became known as the land of Rus'"

    , @Jaakko Raipala

    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail – it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.
     
    Rus *is* a term for people of eastern Scandinavian origin used in the middle ages. In the early texts someone getting identified as Rus means that they were recognized as Scandinavians and not Slavs.

    In some places Rus *still* is the term for eastern Scandinavians: in Finnish Sweden has always been the state named after the Rus and in modern usage Rus refers to what others would call ethnic Swedes. Slavs have never been referred to with any Rus-related word.

    National and ethnic identities are constantly shifting and you can't claim that some identity is X years old because some word has been used for X years since words shift meaning and get swapped between groups. "Rus" is a very likely case of a generic Finnic word for Scandinavians or Scandinavian-aligned tribes turning into an eastern Slavic self-appellation through a long historical chain of shifts and swaps.

    Rus was also sort of a Finnic self-appellation for Western subgroups of what are now called ethnic Finns but then it included the idea that we're a group together with what others call Swedes. That ended, ironically enough, when imperial Russia annexed us to impose on us a national identity project where a bunch of people who called themselves Rus-people since the middle ages were told to drop the name and adapt to this "Finn" abomination instead.
  12. @Pseudonymic Handle
    Yes.
    He elides that Muscovy rose to power as the knut of the mongol khans, collecting the tribute and punishing rebels for them from other russians.
    He also forgets to mention that the "russian lands" means everything under the skies, from Warsaw to Kurils, from Finland to Istanbul and Persia.
    Left unmentioned is that russian nationalism has created the modern concept of ethnic cleansing when they committed the genocide of the Circassians, a North Caucasian people famous for the beauty of their women (this is from where caucasian as a name for whites comes from, as Circassians were seen as the best example of whites)
    Russians are a fun people (in small doses), but Russia is and has always been a miserable place, hell bent on exporting her misery by force to the detriment of the many nations unfortunate to be neighbours with this expansionist country.

    I am at a loss how the fact that the rise of Russia (much like that of any other nation) wasn’t all fluff ponies and cotton candy contradicts the argument of the article. You are basically supporting the proposition that Russians have had a very historically strong national identity.

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  13. @German_reader
    Interesting piece, even though I don't find all of its claims persuasive, there does seem to be quite a lot of myth-making and very selective presentation of facts in it.
    I assume this part:

    This, by the way, is the best answer of a contemporary of the Mongol invasion to those that today would present this incursion from the East as a time of friendship and cooperation.
     
    refers to Dugin and other Eurasianists? What's the general view of the Mongol invasion in Russia today?

    You are entirely correct in assuming that this is a jab at extreme Eurasianists/Duginists/Gumilevists.

    The reception of the Mongol invasion remains mostly traditional (a terrible catastrophe that did lasting historical damage and held Russia back for 200 years), with creeping “politically correct” revisionism of the Mongol yoke as a positive period (mostly to placate Tatars, Kazakhs, etc.) and wild Neo-Eurasianist theories about a “symbiosis” or even an “anti-Western alliance” making their ways into academia and the collective historical subconscious.

    As a German reader, what can say on what the author says about Russia’s role in early German nationalism?

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    As a German reader, what can say on what the author says about Russia’s role in early German nationalism?
     
    Seems exaggerated to me, though there may be some truth to it. The Napoleonic era and the wars of liberation against French oppression certainly were very important for the formation of modern German nationalism, and Russian support may well have played some role in that. On the other hand I don't think German nationalism can be considered to have come into existence only in the early 19th century, in some form it must be traced back at least to the late middle ages or the early modern era, e.g. German humanists in the early 16th century were very nationalistic, anti-French and began the cult around Tacitus' Germania as supposed evidence for ancient Germanic virtues.
  14. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @melanf

    Please elaborate.
     
    Explore just one example. Kholmogorov writes:

    «150 years before that, Russian envoys already come to Constantinople bearing the words, “We are of Russian kindred”, and they come, as the chronicle puts it, “from the great Russian prince, and all other princes, and all people of the Russian land.”…. Russian national sentiment is not younger but older than German, or even the French and English. It is the oldest among the modern peoples of Europe, based on an identity of the Russian Land already pronounced in 10-11th centuries.»


     

    Text of Treaty:
    «We are the envoys from the Russian people: Ivar, envoy of Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and the general envoys as follows: Vefast representing Svyatoslav, son of Igor'; Isgaut for the Princess Olga; Slothi for Igor', nephew of Igor'; Oleif for Vladislav; Kanitzar for Predslava; Sigbjorn for Svanhild, wife of Oleif; Freystein for Thorth; Leif for Arfast; Grim for Sverki; Freystein for Haakon, nephew of Igor'; Kari for Stoething; Karlsefni for Thorth; Hegri for Efling; Voist for Voik; Eistr for Amund; Freystein for Bjorn; Yatving for Gunnar; Sigfrid for Halfdan; Kill for Klakki; Steggi for Jotun; Sverki; Hallvarth for Guthi; Frothi for Throand; Munthor for Ut; the merchants Authun, Authulf, Ingivald, Oleif, Frutan, Gamal, Kussi, Heming, Thorfrid, Thorstein, Bruni, Hroald, Gunnfast, Freystein, Ingjald, Thorbjorn, Manni, Hroald, Svein, Styr, Halfdan, Tirr, Askbrand, Visleif, Sveinki Borich: sent by Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and from each prince and all the people of the land of Rus', by whom is ordained the renewal of the former peace and to the establishment of concord between Greeks and Russes for many years to come»

    The names of the "envoys from the Russian people" - Scandinavian, becouse the "Russes" of 10th century - association warriors and merchants, mostly of Scandinavian origin ( " Russes " unite around himself Slavic and Finnish tribes - through many centuries, this union will become modern Russia).

    How Eastern European Vikings of the 10th century can be considered as representatives of the modern Russian nation? Then perhaps the Franks of Clovis is modern French, and the Cherusci of Arminius is a modern German?

    And the whole entire text of Kolmogorov consists of such fraud

    “How Eastern European Vikings of the 10th century can be considered as representatives of the
    modern Russian nation?”

    Easy. Many of them voluntarily assimilated and became part of, among others, the modern Russian nation.

    Here are some quotes from a site http://www.ancientmilitary.com

    “The ancient Slavs ….. always seemed to be between powerful adversaries; stuck between the warlike Germans and the martially powerful steppe nomads or between the Frankish and Byzantine Empires, the super powers of their day. To the North of the Slavs lived the fierce Scandinavians, a society that produced the mighty Vikings and who conquered many lands. Yet amazingly the Slavs survived, and bewilderingly, they even thrived. Slavic tribes burst forth from their homeland and conquered and settled half of Europe, forever changing the history of the continent and the world. Few of the lands that were slavicized by these ancient warriors were ever taken back by their opponents, and the migration of the Slavs continue to this day.”

    “The Slavs expansion of the 5th – 7th centuries reached from the Rhine, to Southern Greece and the Russian steppes. Although experts disagree about how it happened, they all agree that within the short span of 150 years an amazingly uniform culture took over half of Europe. They formed an egalitarian society with Slavic as a common language…….. The independent nature of the Slavic tribes contrast with the dependence of the marauding steppe horsemen on settled populations. Ironically, groups like the Huns who created so much destruction in the empires of their day needed those same empires for supplies and gold to pay their hordes. These nomadic groups only made camps and when they dispersed they left nothing lasting behind, unlike the Slavs who permanently settled and absorbed the local populations.”

    “Eventually, during the 8th – 10th centuries the Slavs began to form nations…….The Slavic tribes created many nations throughout Europe and expanding into Asia, leaving a lasting mark on history. The ancient Slavs rose from relative obscurity to becoming one of the great forces of the world primarily due to their expansion from the 6th to 8th centuries AD and their stubborn ability to hold these lands throughout the ages.”

    This seems rather objective and seems to explain a lot.

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    Eventually, during the 8th – 10th centuries the Slavs began to form nations
     
    Then give your definition of the word "nation". Because the nation of 8-10 centuries (based on the definition of the word modern historians), it is oxymoron
  15. AP says:
    @Bucaramanga
    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail - it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.

    How does it contradict the argument of the article that Russians have an identity that developed very early on?

    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail – it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages

    There were once Germans in what is now France who referred to themselves as Franks. France got its name from these people. Does that make them Frenchmen in any sort of modern sense?

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  16. @Bucaramanga
    You are entirely correct in assuming that this is a jab at extreme Eurasianists/Duginists/Gumilevists.

    The reception of the Mongol invasion remains mostly traditional (a terrible catastrophe that did lasting historical damage and held Russia back for 200 years), with creeping "politically correct" revisionism of the Mongol yoke as a positive period (mostly to placate Tatars, Kazakhs, etc.) and wild Neo-Eurasianist theories about a "symbiosis" or even an "anti-Western alliance" making their ways into academia and the collective historical subconscious.

    As a German reader, what can say on what the author says about Russia's role in early German nationalism?

    As a German reader, what can say on what the author says about Russia’s role in early German nationalism?

    Seems exaggerated to me, though there may be some truth to it. The Napoleonic era and the wars of liberation against French oppression certainly were very important for the formation of modern German nationalism, and Russian support may well have played some role in that. On the other hand I don’t think German nationalism can be considered to have come into existence only in the early 19th century, in some form it must be traced back at least to the late middle ages or the early modern era, e.g. German humanists in the early 16th century were very nationalistic, anti-French and began the cult around Tacitus’ Germania as supposed evidence for ancient Germanic virtues.

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  17. Mr. Hack says:
    @German_reader
    Interesting piece, even though I don't find all of its claims persuasive, there does seem to be quite a lot of myth-making and very selective presentation of facts in it.
    I assume this part:

    This, by the way, is the best answer of a contemporary of the Mongol invasion to those that today would present this incursion from the East as a time of friendship and cooperation.
     
    refers to Dugin and other Eurasianists? What's the general view of the Mongol invasion in Russia today?

    What’s the general view of the Mongol invasion in Russia today?

    The preeminent scholar of Mongol(Tartar)/Rus history in the 20th century is undoubtedly Charles Halpern. If you’re really interested in this topic (as you appear to be), then read anything and everything you can written by the man. His ‘Russia and the Golden Horde’ belongs on your library shelf.

    I confess that it irks me whenever anybody, including the erudite Halpern, substitutes ‘Russia’ for ‘Rus’, for it’s really a great inaccuracy. Even Halpern, after spending some time really engrossed in Michael Hrushevsky’s monumental ‘History of Ukraine-Rus’, reviewing it quite judicially and yet very complimentary states about himself in the review of the masterpiece about his own guilt here:

    ‘While he [Hrushevsky] admitted that Vladimir-Suzdal inherited political, legal and cultural institution from Kyivan Rus, he denied that such borrowing finessed the national barrier between Ukrainian south and Russian northeast, which he likened to that between Rome and Gaul. Hrusehvsky’s interpretation remains a powerful indictment of the Great Russian interpretation of Kyivan Rus exclusively or primarily as the forerunner of Muscovy, of russkaya zemlia as the ‘Russian land’ (a sin to which the current reviewer pleads mea culpa for too many past occasions). Hrusevsky’s nuanced and sophisticated presentation of his conception reflects both his enormous erudition and impeccable scholarly integrity.’

    http://www.ciuspress.com/catalogue/history/24/History%20of%20Ukraine-Rus‘.%20Volume%201

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    Thanks for the book recommendation, that seems quite interesting, I'll look at it. Besides such scholarly discussion, I'm also interested in how the Mongol invasions are judged today in Russia, including at the level of popular culture. iirc from a western point of view the Mongol invasion and its legacy have often been presented as an explanation for the specific development Muscovy later took ("Russian despotism" etc.), I wonder how this thesis is regarded in Russia.
  18. @Mr. Hack

    What’s the general view of the Mongol invasion in Russia today?
     
    The preeminent scholar of Mongol(Tartar)/Rus history in the 20th century is undoubtedly Charles Halpern. If you’re really interested in this topic (as you appear to be), then read anything and everything you can written by the man. His ‘Russia and the Golden Horde’ belongs on your library shelf.

    I confess that it irks me whenever anybody, including the erudite Halpern, substitutes ‘Russia’ for ‘Rus’, for it’s really a great inaccuracy. Even Halpern, after spending some time really engrossed in Michael Hrushevsky’s monumental ‘History of Ukraine-Rus’, reviewing it quite judicially and yet very complimentary states about himself in the review of the masterpiece about his own guilt here:

    ‘While he [Hrushevsky] admitted that Vladimir-Suzdal inherited political, legal and cultural institution from Kyivan Rus, he denied that such borrowing finessed the national barrier between Ukrainian south and Russian northeast, which he likened to that between Rome and Gaul. Hrusehvsky’s interpretation remains a powerful indictment of the Great Russian interpretation of Kyivan Rus exclusively or primarily as the forerunner of Muscovy, of russkaya zemlia as the ‘Russian land’ (a sin to which the current reviewer pleads mea culpa for too many past occasions). Hrusevsky’s nuanced and sophisticated presentation of his conception reflects both his enormous erudition and impeccable scholarly integrity.’
     
    http://www.ciuspress.com/catalogue/history/24/History%20of%20Ukraine-Rus‘.%20Volume%201

    Thanks for the book recommendation, that seems quite interesting, I’ll look at it. Besides such scholarly discussion, I’m also interested in how the Mongol invasions are judged today in Russia, including at the level of popular culture. iirc from a western point of view the Mongol invasion and its legacy have often been presented as an explanation for the specific development Muscovy later took (“Russian despotism” etc.), I wonder how this thesis is regarded in Russia.

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    Halpern's book provides for an in depth historic response to many of your questions regarding the footprint left behind by the Golden Horde. BTW, many people including Ukrainians forget that the Horde's yoke was broken in the Ukrainians lands some 100 years earlier than in the Muscovy/Vladimir lands, at the battle of Blue Waters in 1362. The fact that Muscovy was under the Mongol yoke for a much longer period, provided more impetus for a different cultural/political milieu developing between these two different areas. By 1654, the two Slavic languages were unintelligible and required official translators during the negotiations between the Hetmanate and representatives of the Moscow court.
    , @inertial
    I came across this trailer of a new Russian movie about Mongol invasion that is coming out soon. It should answer your question.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVvyKiV_Qxg

    As for “Russian despotism,” etc., that's mostly fossilized Polish-Lithuanian propaganda from 500 years ago. Along with the name "Muscovy" itself.
  19. Mr. Hack says:
    @German_reader
    Thanks for the book recommendation, that seems quite interesting, I'll look at it. Besides such scholarly discussion, I'm also interested in how the Mongol invasions are judged today in Russia, including at the level of popular culture. iirc from a western point of view the Mongol invasion and its legacy have often been presented as an explanation for the specific development Muscovy later took ("Russian despotism" etc.), I wonder how this thesis is regarded in Russia.

    Halpern’s book provides for an in depth historic response to many of your questions regarding the footprint left behind by the Golden Horde. BTW, many people including Ukrainians forget that the Horde’s yoke was broken in the Ukrainians lands some 100 years earlier than in the Muscovy/Vladimir lands, at the battle of Blue Waters in 1362. The fact that Muscovy was under the Mongol yoke for a much longer period, provided more impetus for a different cultural/political milieu developing between these two different areas. By 1654, the two Slavic languages were unintelligible and required official translators during the negotiations between the Hetmanate and representatives of the Moscow court.

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    Ukrainians forget that the Horde’s yoke was broken in the Ukrainians lands some 100 years earlier than in the Muscovy/Vladimir lands, at the battle of Blue Waters in 1362.
     
    That is pure fantasy. Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine was under the double yoke (Tatar and Lithuanian), and paid tribute to the Tatars for a long time after 1362. Here "yarlyk" (that is, the confirmation of the right to a fief, in exchange for submission to the Tatar Khan and the payment of tribute) of Khan of the Golden Horde Tokhtamysh to the great Lithuanian Prince (and Polish king) Jagiello in 1392

    http://www.vostlit.info/Texts/Dokumenty/Zolotoord/XIV/1380-1400/Tochtamysch/jarlyk_jagajle.phtml

  20. inertial says:
    @German_reader
    Thanks for the book recommendation, that seems quite interesting, I'll look at it. Besides such scholarly discussion, I'm also interested in how the Mongol invasions are judged today in Russia, including at the level of popular culture. iirc from a western point of view the Mongol invasion and its legacy have often been presented as an explanation for the specific development Muscovy later took ("Russian despotism" etc.), I wonder how this thesis is regarded in Russia.

    I came across this trailer of a new Russian movie about Mongol invasion that is coming out soon. It should answer your question.

    As for “Russian despotism,” etc., that’s mostly fossilized Polish-Lithuanian propaganda from 500 years ago. Along with the name “Muscovy” itself.

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    Thanks for the link, looks like it will be an entertaining movie.
  21. We need another DOCTOR ZHIVAGO… in the West.

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    We need another DOCTOR ZHIVAGO… in the West.
     
    Can we stop exaggerating all those mythical "powers" of all kinds of contemporary Soviet literature books which became so popular in the West? Moscow-Leningrad's (and other urban) what they loved to call themselves intelligentsia's (in reality pretentious ignoramuses) reaction or fascination with all kinds of Samizdat and "dissident" literature didn't and doesn't mean a genuine impact. Doctor Zhivago is a decent novel but for anyone even remotely acquainted with the Soviet realities of late 1950s through mid-1980s Doctor Zhivago barely registers on a scale of true interests and concerns of people. Jazz, Rock-n-roll, generally, Western pop and consumer culture played the role on several orders of magnitude more important in discrediting communist idea than all Soviet "dissidents" combined. That is what was in demand universally--from Moscow to Vladivostok. TV, radio and tape decks changed it all.
  22. melanf says:
    @Pseudonymic Handle
    Yes.
    He elides that Muscovy rose to power as the knut of the mongol khans, collecting the tribute and punishing rebels for them from other russians.
    He also forgets to mention that the "russian lands" means everything under the skies, from Warsaw to Kurils, from Finland to Istanbul and Persia.
    Left unmentioned is that russian nationalism has created the modern concept of ethnic cleansing when they committed the genocide of the Circassians, a North Caucasian people famous for the beauty of their women (this is from where caucasian as a name for whites comes from, as Circassians were seen as the best example of whites)
    Russians are a fun people (in small doses), but Russia is and has always been a miserable place, hell bent on exporting her misery by force to the detriment of the many nations unfortunate to be neighbours with this expansionist country.

    Kholmogorov manipulates the facts, but what you write is an outright lie

    He elides that Muscovy rose to power as the knut of the mongol khans, collecting the tribute and punishing rebels for them from other russians.

    Rise of Moscow began in 1301, when the first Moscow Prince Daniil Alexandrovich defeated the Mongol detachment under Pereyaslavl. The princes of Moscow were not “knut of the mongol khans”, it’s just slander

    He also forgets to mention that the “russian lands” means everything under the skies, from Warsaw to Kurils, from Finland to Istanbul and Persia.

    This statement is your (and only your) fiction

    Left unmentioned is that russian nationalism has created the modern concept of ethnic cleansing when they committed the genocide of the Circassians

    The Circassians resettlement was not genocide. The Circassians were given a choice: obey Russia or resettle in the Ottoman Empire. Obedience meant that the Russian government in order to control the Circassians, resettled highlanders from the mountains to the plains of the Kuban. The mountain village was destroyed because in the mountains the Circassians was impossible to control.
    In addition, Circassians (if they obey Russia ) have to become subjects to an infidel ruler, to abandon their way of life (an important part of which was hiking to capture slaves)

    View post on imgur.com

    , to pay taxes (for the Circassians this was tantamount of slave status) and so on.

    Besides, were the order of the Sultan (who was also Caliph – the ruler of the faithful) Abdul-Aziz addressed the Circassians: ” *Leave your homes, hasten to me immediately, so as not to deserve the wrath of Almighty Allah and the victorious Sultan* “. The Turkish government promised the Circassians, who resettled in Turkey all sorts of benefits

    As a result most of the Circassians chose resettlement in the Ottoman Empire (that naturally pleased the Russian officials).
    Poorly organized relocation to Turkey occurred in ships, overwhelming the ships capacity by far, thus people died of diseases (It was common situation when transporting people on ships in that era. Similarly, thousands of French and English soldiers were dying during transport by sea in the Crimean war. Similarly, dead poor emigrants sailing to America. ). Even worse for the Circassians after arriving in Turkey – the Sultan’s promises proved false, and Circassians in the quarantine camps were massively dying of diseases and starvation (as well as fled back to the Russian Empire). To Turkey has moved about 450 000 Circassians, about 70 000 were left in the Russian Empire (the total number of all Circassians were 500-600 thousand people). Then the Turks settled Circassians in the wrong for their lands (including in the deserts of Arabia), where the Circassians continued to die from disease. How many died could not be assessed, but the majority of the dead died in Turkey and Russia bear for it only indirectly blame

    These actions of the Russian government against the Circassians can be considered as analogous of the forced resettlement of the Comanches and Apaches in the reservation. It was a cruel action, but not genocid.

    And of course the ethnic cleansing and genocides have happened since the Assyrian Empire, Russia such things definitely did not invent

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  23. melanf says:
    @German_reader
    Interesting piece, even though I don't find all of its claims persuasive, there does seem to be quite a lot of myth-making and very selective presentation of facts in it.
    I assume this part:

    This, by the way, is the best answer of a contemporary of the Mongol invasion to those that today would present this incursion from the East as a time of friendship and cooperation.
     
    refers to Dugin and other Eurasianists? What's the general view of the Mongol invasion in Russia today?

    This, by the way, is the best answer of a contemporary of the Mongol invasion to those that today would present this incursion from the East as a time of friendship and cooperation

    .
    refers to Dugin and other Eurasianists?

    It is (“friendship and cooperation”) the ideas of Lev Gumilev, clearly pseudoscientific

    Gumilev was more of a poet, like his parents Nikolai Gumilev and Anna Akhmatova, than he was a scholar. …Lev’s histories were often fanciful and, strictly speaking, not very scholarly; he invented people, he invented documents, or transported things magically through time so that they would fit his narrative. … His opponents accused him of complete disregard for the evidence.’ His doctoral thesis Ethnogenesis and the Human Biosphere was …because it was poor scholarship which ‘argued theory into the realms of science fiction.”

    What’s the general view of the Mongol invasion in Russia today?

    There is no “general view “. Probably (among people interested in history), the prevailing view is that the Mongol invasion was devastating, but it also created the conditions for the emergence of a strong Russian state (these ideas were expressed by Karamzin in the early 19th century).

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  24. melanf says:
    @Bucaramanga
    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail - it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.

    How does it contradict the argument of the article that Russians have an identity that developed very early on?

    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail – it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.
    How does it contradict the argument of the article that Russians have an identity that developed very early on?

    Because “Russes” 9-10 centuries, clearly were not modern Russian. They were not even Slavs. Russian medieval Chronicles clearly write about it

    (in 859) The Varangians from beyond the sea imposed tribute upon the Chuds, the Slavs, the Merians, the Ves’, and the Krivichians. The tributaries of the Varangians drove them back beyond the sea and, refusing them further tribute, set out to govern themselves. There was no law among them, but tribe rose against tribe. Discord thus ensued among them, and they began to war one against another.

    (in 862) They said to themselves, “Let us seek a prince who may rule over us and judge us according to the Law.” They accordingly went overseas to the Varangian Russes: these particular Varangians were known as Russes, just as some are called Swedes, and others Normans, English, and Gotlanders, for they were thus named. The Chuds, the Slavs, the Krivichians, and the Ves’ then said to the people of Rus’, “Our land is great and rich, but there is no order in it. Come to rule and reign over us.” They thus selected three brothers, with their kinsfolk, who took with them all the Russes and migrated. On account of these Varangians, the district of Novgorod became known as the land of Rus’“

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  25. notanon says:

    national myths are a useful thing and that seems like quite a good one

    (i’d quibble on being first – i think England was technically first although admittedly it was buried under the Normans soon after so maybe it doesn’t count – although it did briefly re-emerge in the English civil war and after it was suppressed again the remnant managed to escape to America to flourish for a while so i guess i could compromise on oldest continuous identity)

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  26. melanf says:
    @Mr. Hack
    Halpern's book provides for an in depth historic response to many of your questions regarding the footprint left behind by the Golden Horde. BTW, many people including Ukrainians forget that the Horde's yoke was broken in the Ukrainians lands some 100 years earlier than in the Muscovy/Vladimir lands, at the battle of Blue Waters in 1362. The fact that Muscovy was under the Mongol yoke for a much longer period, provided more impetus for a different cultural/political milieu developing between these two different areas. By 1654, the two Slavic languages were unintelligible and required official translators during the negotiations between the Hetmanate and representatives of the Moscow court.

    Ukrainians forget that the Horde’s yoke was broken in the Ukrainians lands some 100 years earlier than in the Muscovy/Vladimir lands, at the battle of Blue Waters in 1362.

    That is pure fantasy. Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine was under the double yoke (Tatar and Lithuanian), and paid tribute to the Tatars for a long time after 1362. Here “yarlyk” (that is, the confirmation of the right to a fief, in exchange for submission to the Tatar Khan and the payment of tribute) of Khan of the Golden Horde Tokhtamysh to the great Lithuanian Prince (and Polish king) Jagiello in 1392

    http://www.vostlit.info/Texts/Dokumenty/Zolotoord/XIV/1380-1400/Tochtamysch/jarlyk_jagajle.phtml

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    it seems logical that Algirdas could have learned that his dominance of Kiev was being challenged, and went to meet the Tatar army, with its Rus'ian allies (as indeed Algirdas probably had too) that had been dispatched from Podolia, and defeated them on the banks of a river, at a site now lost to history. The battle was not only evident from its mention in the chronicles, but also its impact on the scene. The chronicle goes on to state that Algirdas established various relatives as rulers of Podolia, and "put a stop to the payment of tribute to the Tatars", as well as fortifying the cities of the region, something which had been forbidden under the Tatar Yoke. The Golden Horde was not finished, and incidents of occasional tribute paying were to recur again, but essentially the central Ukrainian lands were taken out of Golden Horde's domain, and for many years became part of a wider Lithuanian realm. On this basis the battle of the Blue Waters can be considered decisive.
     
    http://www.historical-quest.com/english-articles/1123-the-battle-of-the-blue-waters.html

    You're correct in that a sort of 'double yoke 'existed for a time after this important battle. 'Sort of' because many of the local Ruthenian princes felt more inclined to share in the rule of the new pagan Lithuanians, then to the more hated foreign Asian masters. This battle preceded the Kulokovo one (but not by 100 years as I mistakenly stated above), and was at least as impacting as the later one in the North, and signaled a momentous change in the fortunes of the Horde within Ukrainian lands.
  27. Mr. Hack says:
    @melanf

    Ukrainians forget that the Horde’s yoke was broken in the Ukrainians lands some 100 years earlier than in the Muscovy/Vladimir lands, at the battle of Blue Waters in 1362.
     
    That is pure fantasy. Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine was under the double yoke (Tatar and Lithuanian), and paid tribute to the Tatars for a long time after 1362. Here "yarlyk" (that is, the confirmation of the right to a fief, in exchange for submission to the Tatar Khan and the payment of tribute) of Khan of the Golden Horde Tokhtamysh to the great Lithuanian Prince (and Polish king) Jagiello in 1392

    http://www.vostlit.info/Texts/Dokumenty/Zolotoord/XIV/1380-1400/Tochtamysch/jarlyk_jagajle.phtml

    it seems logical that Algirdas could have learned that his dominance of Kiev was being challenged, and went to meet the Tatar army, with its Rus’ian allies (as indeed Algirdas probably had too) that had been dispatched from Podolia, and defeated them on the banks of a river, at a site now lost to history. The battle was not only evident from its mention in the chronicles, but also its impact on the scene. The chronicle goes on to state that Algirdas established various relatives as rulers of Podolia, and “put a stop to the payment of tribute to the Tatars”, as well as fortifying the cities of the region, something which had been forbidden under the Tatar Yoke. The Golden Horde was not finished, and incidents of occasional tribute paying were to recur again, but essentially the central Ukrainian lands were taken out of Golden Horde’s domain, and for many years became part of a wider Lithuanian realm. On this basis the battle of the Blue Waters can be considered decisive.

    http://www.historical-quest.com/english-articles/1123-the-battle-of-the-blue-waters.html

    You’re correct in that a sort of ‘double yoke ‘existed for a time after this important battle. ‘Sort of’ because many of the local Ruthenian princes felt more inclined to share in the rule of the new pagan Lithuanians, then to the more hated foreign Asian masters. This battle preceded the Kulokovo one (but not by 100 years as I mistakenly stated above), and was at least as impacting as the later one in the North, and signaled a momentous change in the fortunes of the Horde within Ukrainian lands.

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    many of the local Ruthenian princes felt more inclined to share in the rule of the new pagan Lithuanians, then to the more hated foreign Asian masters
     
    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars

    This battle (in 1362) ...signaled a momentous change in the fortunes of the Horde within Ukrainian lands.
     
    After, in 1359, the Horde is falling apart, and the Golden Horde is in a state of permanent civil war. The power of the Tatars dramatically weakens, equally over the southern Russian principalities and over the North-Eastern Russian principalities. The battle at Blue waters had little effect on these processes
  28. melanf says:
    @Anonymous
    "How Eastern European Vikings of the 10th century can be considered as representatives of the
    modern Russian nation?"

    Easy. Many of them voluntarily assimilated and became part of, among others, the modern Russian nation.

    Here are some quotes from a site www.ancientmilitary.com

    "The ancient Slavs ..... always seemed to be between powerful adversaries; stuck between the warlike Germans and the martially powerful steppe nomads or between the Frankish and Byzantine Empires, the super powers of their day. To the North of the Slavs lived the fierce Scandinavians, a society that produced the mighty Vikings and who conquered many lands. Yet amazingly the Slavs survived, and bewilderingly, they even thrived. Slavic tribes burst forth from their homeland and conquered and settled half of Europe, forever changing the history of the continent and the world. Few of the lands that were slavicized by these ancient warriors were ever taken back by their opponents, and the migration of the Slavs continue to this day."

    "The Slavs expansion of the 5th – 7th centuries reached from the Rhine, to Southern Greece and the Russian steppes. Although experts disagree about how it happened, they all agree that within the short span of 150 years an amazingly uniform culture took over half of Europe. They formed an egalitarian society with Slavic as a common language........ The independent nature of the Slavic tribes contrast with the dependence of the marauding steppe horsemen on settled populations. Ironically, groups like the Huns who created so much destruction in the empires of their day needed those same empires for supplies and gold to pay their hordes. These nomadic groups only made camps and when they dispersed they left nothing lasting behind, unlike the Slavs who permanently settled and absorbed the local populations."

    "Eventually, during the 8th – 10th centuries the Slavs began to form nations.......The Slavic tribes created many nations throughout Europe and expanding into Asia, leaving a lasting mark on history. The ancient Slavs rose from relative obscurity to becoming one of the great forces of the world primarily due to their expansion from the 6th to 8th centuries AD and their stubborn ability to hold these lands throughout the ages."

    This seems rather objective and seems to explain a lot.

    Eventually, during the 8th – 10th centuries the Slavs began to form nations

    Then give your definition of the word “nation”. Because the nation of 8-10 centuries (based on the definition of the word modern historians), it is oxymoron

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  29. Nationalism based on glorious past is dangerous shit. The recent past (100-200 years, at most) could be relevant I suppose, although it needn’t be romanticized and obsessed-about either. Beyond that, it’s just cultist-style bullshit.

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    "dangerous" yes and probably all the more so when rooted in a distant past because then pretty well mythical but unfalsifiable and proof against mere fact. But there sre surely exceptions in the sense that traditions and distinctive habits of mind which can be traced back 500 years and more clearly shape behaviour today.

    Amongst modern people the Japanese stand out. And a lot of tribal cultures enjoyed continuity going back for many centuries at least until well into the 20th century, did they not?
    , @yeah
    "Nationalism based on glorious past is dangerous shit"

    No, it is not. At worst it is potentially dangerous, just as gasoline is potentially dangerous.

    At best, and I suspect in most normal times, nationalism is but the love of one's community, one's language, one's land, one's cultural heritage, and one's inner sense of being. Not only is it not dangerous, it is much to be lauded. Its lack is what we see in today's globalized world. "Stop being Russian, (or Chinese or German or Japanese or whatever)" in order that you may embrace your new identity as a global citizen, or as a gay, or anything else from the globalist's assortment of identities. Now that is what I call truly dangerous shit.

  30. @Bucaramanga
    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail - it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.

    How does it contradict the argument of the article that Russians have an identity that developed very early on?

    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail – it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.

    Rus *is* a term for people of eastern Scandinavian origin used in the middle ages. In the early texts someone getting identified as Rus means that they were recognized as Scandinavians and not Slavs.

    In some places Rus *still* is the term for eastern Scandinavians: in Finnish Sweden has always been the state named after the Rus and in modern usage Rus refers to what others would call ethnic Swedes. Slavs have never been referred to with any Rus-related word.

    National and ethnic identities are constantly shifting and you can’t claim that some identity is X years old because some word has been used for X years since words shift meaning and get swapped between groups. “Rus” is a very likely case of a generic Finnic word for Scandinavians or Scandinavian-aligned tribes turning into an eastern Slavic self-appellation through a long historical chain of shifts and swaps.

    Rus was also sort of a Finnic self-appellation for Western subgroups of what are now called ethnic Finns but then it included the idea that we’re a group together with what others call Swedes. That ended, ironically enough, when imperial Russia annexed us to impose on us a national identity project where a bunch of people who called themselves Rus-people since the middle ages were told to drop the name and adapt to this “Finn” abomination instead.

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    Rus was also sort of a Finnic self-appellation for Western subgroups of what are now called ethnic Finns but then it included the idea that we’re a group together with what others call Swedes.
     
    I'm not aware of any amalgamation of Finns and Swedes that were known as Rus? I am aware of the fact that in the Finnish language of the time, the ethnonym 'Ruotsi' was used to describe a Swede by a Finn. Another perfectly plausible explanation for the term 'Rus' was championed by the eminent 'Russian' historian George Vernadsky:

    Supporters of a third theory, that ‘Rus'’ is of Iranian origin, derive the etymology of the term from the Iranian tribe of the Roxolani (from Iranian rokhs ‘light’). Although it suitably explains the early occurrences of the name, this theory is vitiated by historical and geographic evidence. The Roxolani lived in the Don River Basin, whereas ‘Rus'’ was first used in reference to the Polianian land. Interpretations of the term as being simultaneously of Iranian origin in the Don Basin and of Gothic origin along the Dnieper River (eg, by V. Mavrodin), or as having been transferred from a Varangian kaganate along the Don to Kyiv (eg, by George Vernadsky), are in fact compromises with the Normanist theory.
     
    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CR%5CU%5CRushDA.htm
    , @inertial
    Yes, but the meaning of Rus/Ruotsi is an occupation - rowers - not an ethnic designation. All kind of groups were rowing around the Baltic at the time. Rurik could've been a Scandinavian, or an Obotrite, or some other kind Western Slav, or even a Celt (there are some who argue for this last exotic theory.) Some sort of a Scandinavian is the way to bet, of course, but likely not a Swede. The chronicler says that the Rus was a whole separate tribe "like the Danes, or the Swedes, or the Friesians, or the English," and that the the whole tribe came over with Rurik.

    Ultimately, it doesn't matter who the Rus were. More important is who called them. It was a confederation of five tribes: one Slavic (the most numerous, I think,) one half-Slavic, half-Baltic, and three Finno-Ugric. With the Rus as their military leaders, they formed the nucleus of a new nation. They adopted the name Rus almost immediately, so it came to mean the whole people, not just the original Rurik's tribe.
  31. “Because “Russes” 9-10 centuries, clearly were not modern Russian. They were not even Slavs. Russian medieval Chronicles clearly write about it”

    It could be true.
    It is also irrelevant.
    They were assimilated, voluntarily, and they became Slavs, just like the term “Ruse” become Slavic, or Russian, if you will.
    What is wrong with this?

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    It becomes ridiculous when one applies the modern meaning to those people before they were assimilated.
  32. szopen says:
    @Kamran
    Simply that nationalism is a reaction to attacks on community A (defined by ethnicity, religion, race, or social class) by community B (defined likewise). If community A is isolated from community B, then community A will soon start squabbling within itself. Only in the presence of a external threat does community A solidify and emerge as distinct group.

    In general, since the bronze age, these concentric circles have been expanding, from small city states to large regional kingdoms, to empires, to gigantic civilizational blocks like Christendom.

    In this particular case, I think the ethnogenesis of the Slavic peoples is quite recent (relatively speaking) at around 1,500 years ago. You can read old church slavonic and see that is quite close to proto-slavic. Slavic first split into West Slavic; which is now Polish, Czech and Slovak, and into East Slavic; which is now Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian, and into South Slavic; Serbo-Croat, etc.

    The original Russian state was centered on the the Golden Ring of Russian cities, northeast of Moscow. If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic. Preferably something with original texts and documents directly referred to and quoted in the text.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Ring

    This quite a way from Kiev, where Kievan Rus

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27

    Most Russian nationalists want to unite the Ukrainians and Belarussians under the Moscow state, but why should they stop there? Poland, Czech Republic, and Yugoslavia are all Slavic peoples as well.

    N.B.: Я просто шучу Толя, давайте не будем вызывать у Поляков панику.

    WHo is talking about panic? Your joke is funnyy because Russia already did try to unite all Slavs, saying that all Slavic nations are rivers which should join within Russian sea. It didn’t work.

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  33. Mr. Hack says:
    @Jaakko Raipala

    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail – it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.
     
    Rus *is* a term for people of eastern Scandinavian origin used in the middle ages. In the early texts someone getting identified as Rus means that they were recognized as Scandinavians and not Slavs.

    In some places Rus *still* is the term for eastern Scandinavians: in Finnish Sweden has always been the state named after the Rus and in modern usage Rus refers to what others would call ethnic Swedes. Slavs have never been referred to with any Rus-related word.

    National and ethnic identities are constantly shifting and you can't claim that some identity is X years old because some word has been used for X years since words shift meaning and get swapped between groups. "Rus" is a very likely case of a generic Finnic word for Scandinavians or Scandinavian-aligned tribes turning into an eastern Slavic self-appellation through a long historical chain of shifts and swaps.

    Rus was also sort of a Finnic self-appellation for Western subgroups of what are now called ethnic Finns but then it included the idea that we're a group together with what others call Swedes. That ended, ironically enough, when imperial Russia annexed us to impose on us a national identity project where a bunch of people who called themselves Rus-people since the middle ages were told to drop the name and adapt to this "Finn" abomination instead.

    Rus was also sort of a Finnic self-appellation for Western subgroups of what are now called ethnic Finns but then it included the idea that we’re a group together with what others call Swedes.

    I’m not aware of any amalgamation of Finns and Swedes that were known as Rus? I am aware of the fact that in the Finnish language of the time, the ethnonym ‘Ruotsi’ was used to describe a Swede by a Finn. Another perfectly plausible explanation for the term ‘Rus’ was championed by the eminent ‘Russian’ historian George Vernadsky:

    Supporters of a third theory, that ‘Rus’’ is of Iranian origin, derive the etymology of the term from the Iranian tribe of the Roxolani (from Iranian rokhs ‘light’). Although it suitably explains the early occurrences of the name, this theory is vitiated by historical and geographic evidence. The Roxolani lived in the Don River Basin, whereas ‘Rus’’ was first used in reference to the Polianian land. Interpretations of the term as being simultaneously of Iranian origin in the Don Basin and of Gothic origin along the Dnieper River (eg, by V. Mavrodin), or as having been transferred from a Varangian kaganate along the Don to Kyiv (eg, by George Vernadsky), are in fact compromises with the Normanist theory.

    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CR%5CU%5CRushDA.htm

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  34. @Priss Factor
    We need another DOCTOR ZHIVAGO... in the West.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT3V-jxCmjs

    We need another DOCTOR ZHIVAGO… in the West.

    Can we stop exaggerating all those mythical “powers” of all kinds of contemporary Soviet literature books which became so popular in the West? Moscow-Leningrad’s (and other urban) what they loved to call themselves intelligentsia’s (in reality pretentious ignoramuses) reaction or fascination with all kinds of Samizdat and “dissident” literature didn’t and doesn’t mean a genuine impact. Doctor Zhivago is a decent novel but for anyone even remotely acquainted with the Soviet realities of late 1950s through mid-1980s Doctor Zhivago barely registers on a scale of true interests and concerns of people. Jazz, Rock-n-roll, generally, Western pop and consumer culture played the role on several orders of magnitude more important in discrediting communist idea than all Soviet “dissidents” combined. That is what was in demand universally–from Moscow to Vladivostok. TV, radio and tape decks changed it all.

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    Doctor Zhivago barely registers on a scale of true interests and concerns of people. Jazz, Rock-n-roll, generally, Western pop and consumer culture played the role on several orders of magnitude more important in discrediting communist idea than all Soviet “dissidents” combined.

    Yeah, Doc Zhivago probably had more impact in the West, especially with Lean's blockbuster movie.

    But I'm not sure Pop Culture's role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture but the Communist Party is still firmly in control. Also, one could argue that excesses of Western decadence and predatory actions led to rise of nationalist Russia after the 90s.

    Also, let's keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.
  35. AP says:
    @Simpleguest
    "Because “Russes” 9-10 centuries, clearly were not modern Russian. They were not even Slavs. Russian medieval Chronicles clearly write about it"


    It could be true.
    It is also irrelevant.
    They were assimilated, voluntarily, and they became Slavs, just like the term "Ruse" become Slavic, or Russian, if you will.
    What is wrong with this?

    It becomes ridiculous when one applies the modern meaning to those people before they were assimilated.

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  36. Anon says: • Website • Disclaimer
    @Andrei Martyanov

    We need another DOCTOR ZHIVAGO… in the West.
     
    Can we stop exaggerating all those mythical "powers" of all kinds of contemporary Soviet literature books which became so popular in the West? Moscow-Leningrad's (and other urban) what they loved to call themselves intelligentsia's (in reality pretentious ignoramuses) reaction or fascination with all kinds of Samizdat and "dissident" literature didn't and doesn't mean a genuine impact. Doctor Zhivago is a decent novel but for anyone even remotely acquainted with the Soviet realities of late 1950s through mid-1980s Doctor Zhivago barely registers on a scale of true interests and concerns of people. Jazz, Rock-n-roll, generally, Western pop and consumer culture played the role on several orders of magnitude more important in discrediting communist idea than all Soviet "dissidents" combined. That is what was in demand universally--from Moscow to Vladivostok. TV, radio and tape decks changed it all.

    Doctor Zhivago barely registers on a scale of true interests and concerns of people. Jazz, Rock-n-roll, generally, Western pop and consumer culture played the role on several orders of magnitude more important in discrediting communist idea than all Soviet “dissidents” combined.

    Yeah, Doc Zhivago probably had more impact in the West, especially with Lean’s blockbuster movie.

    But I’m not sure Pop Culture’s role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture but the Communist Party is still firmly in control. Also, one could argue that excesses of Western decadence and predatory actions led to rise of nationalist Russia after the 90s.

    Also, let’s keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Also, let’s keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.
     
    'Negromania'? You mean rhythm & blues and jazz music? :-)

    Many Russians feel that it was the Beatles that brought down the Soviet Union, more so than Gorbachev and even Pope John Paul 2. This four part documentary is worth watching:

    https://youtu.be/9sw6OCDiKLQ

    , @Andrei Martyanov

    But I’m not sure Pop Culture’s role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture
     
    Russia is Western, however on the fringe, nation in its foundation, China is not. What resonates in Russia does not necessarily resonate in China. Pop and consumer culture were immense, together with distillation of the best West's art classics. E.g. Soviet TV versions of Lope de Vega or of Shakespeare, or even Conan Doyle with Russian pair of Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson being accepted by British themselves as the best, and the list goes on and on--all that was huge, precisely because the nation was extremely educated and, actually, life in USSR wasn't that bad--people wanted more.

    Also, let’s keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.
     
    In 1960s, 70s and 80s it was different and it, actually, had real talents, especially in pop-music. It started to degenerate in earnest by the late 1980s.
    , @Andrei Martyanov

    Yeah, Doc Zhivago probably had more impact in the West, especially with Lean’s blockbuster movie.
     
    Forgot to respond to that. Yes, true and this pattern of the West seeing what it wants to see not what really is continues today with major geopolitical ramifications. But West is not capable of learning anymore. I am sure Western elites all read Solzhenitsyn as a "historian", I doubt any of them, bar some very few exceptions, finished War and Peace or Road to Calvary. I cannot see neoco0ns doing this--this is like asking devil bathing in holy water.
  37. Mr. Hack says:
    @Anon
    Doctor Zhivago barely registers on a scale of true interests and concerns of people. Jazz, Rock-n-roll, generally, Western pop and consumer culture played the role on several orders of magnitude more important in discrediting communist idea than all Soviet “dissidents” combined.

    Yeah, Doc Zhivago probably had more impact in the West, especially with Lean's blockbuster movie.

    But I'm not sure Pop Culture's role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture but the Communist Party is still firmly in control. Also, one could argue that excesses of Western decadence and predatory actions led to rise of nationalist Russia after the 90s.

    Also, let's keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.

    Also, let’s keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.

    ‘Negromania’? You mean rhythm & blues and jazz music? :-)

    Many Russians feel that it was the Beatles that brought down the Soviet Union, more so than Gorbachev and even Pope John Paul 2. This four part documentary is worth watching:

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    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    I'm revisiting this great documentary and am on part 2:

    After the Beatles, the iron curtain was like a wall with holes in it.
     
    It's not just a pile of BS - it was true. I was a witness to it myself in 1970!
  38. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mr. Hack

    Also, let’s keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.
     
    'Negromania'? You mean rhythm & blues and jazz music? :-)

    Many Russians feel that it was the Beatles that brought down the Soviet Union, more so than Gorbachev and even Pope John Paul 2. This four part documentary is worth watching:

    https://youtu.be/9sw6OCDiKLQ

    I’m revisiting this great documentary and am on part 2:

    After the Beatles, the iron curtain was like a wall with holes in it.

    It’s not just a pile of BS – it was true. I was a witness to it myself in 1970!

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  39. @inertial
    I came across this trailer of a new Russian movie about Mongol invasion that is coming out soon. It should answer your question.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVvyKiV_Qxg

    As for “Russian despotism,” etc., that's mostly fossilized Polish-Lithuanian propaganda from 500 years ago. Along with the name "Muscovy" itself.

    Thanks for the link, looks like it will be an entertaining movie.

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  40. @Anon
    Doctor Zhivago barely registers on a scale of true interests and concerns of people. Jazz, Rock-n-roll, generally, Western pop and consumer culture played the role on several orders of magnitude more important in discrediting communist idea than all Soviet “dissidents” combined.

    Yeah, Doc Zhivago probably had more impact in the West, especially with Lean's blockbuster movie.

    But I'm not sure Pop Culture's role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture but the Communist Party is still firmly in control. Also, one could argue that excesses of Western decadence and predatory actions led to rise of nationalist Russia after the 90s.

    Also, let's keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.

    But I’m not sure Pop Culture’s role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture

    Russia is Western, however on the fringe, nation in its foundation, China is not. What resonates in Russia does not necessarily resonate in China. Pop and consumer culture were immense, together with distillation of the best West’s art classics. E.g. Soviet TV versions of Lope de Vega or of Shakespeare, or even Conan Doyle with Russian pair of Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson being accepted by British themselves as the best, and the list goes on and on–all that was huge, precisely because the nation was extremely educated and, actually, life in USSR wasn’t that bad–people wanted more.

    Also, let’s keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.

    In 1960s, 70s and 80s it was different and it, actually, had real talents, especially in pop-music. It started to degenerate in earnest by the late 1980s.

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    • Replies: @Parbes
    "Pop and consumer culture were immense....the nation was extremely educated and, actually, life in USSR wasn’t that bad–people wanted more....In 1960s, 70s and 80s it was different and it, actually, had real talents, especially in pop-music. It started to degenerate in earnest by the late 1980s."

    So, then, according to what you're saying: The Soviet (and especially Russian) people destroyed their own powerful, secure, respected country (in which life "wasn't bad" at all) with their own hands and plunged themselves into a decades-long, disastrous downward spiral (which might yet end with their destruction by their enemies), for the sake of trying to "merge and become partners" with the West that was producing this Pop Culture - JUST AS this Pop Culture was already starting to degenerate and was on its way out!

    Wow...What MONUMENTAL STUPIDITY. No other nation, in either recent or historical memory, has done anything this monumentally stupid. Couldn't they have waited a bit more??? It seems to me that, the supposedly "extremely educated" Soviet people were, in fact, not very ***SMART*** at all!

    , @Sergey Krieger
    Music was good, no doubt. We got beaten in that department. I suspect that neither Russian language nor background could lead to this kind of music. Russian, good Russian music is basically a soul music not rythmical but flowing.it what basically was since 30's till 70's. For me it was just a music but for many a window into alternative reality.
    , @Sergey Krieger
    Music was good, no doubt. We got beaten in that department. I suspect that neither Russian language nor background could lead to this kind of music. Russian, good Russian music is basically a soul music not rythmical but flowing.it what basically was since 30's till 70's. For me it was just a music but for many a window into alternative reality.
  41. @Anon
    Doctor Zhivago barely registers on a scale of true interests and concerns of people. Jazz, Rock-n-roll, generally, Western pop and consumer culture played the role on several orders of magnitude more important in discrediting communist idea than all Soviet “dissidents” combined.

    Yeah, Doc Zhivago probably had more impact in the West, especially with Lean's blockbuster movie.

    But I'm not sure Pop Culture's role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture but the Communist Party is still firmly in control. Also, one could argue that excesses of Western decadence and predatory actions led to rise of nationalist Russia after the 90s.

    Also, let's keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.

    Yeah, Doc Zhivago probably had more impact in the West, especially with Lean’s blockbuster movie.

    Forgot to respond to that. Yes, true and this pattern of the West seeing what it wants to see not what really is continues today with major geopolitical ramifications. But West is not capable of learning anymore. I am sure Western elites all read Solzhenitsyn as a “historian”, I doubt any of them, bar some very few exceptions, finished War and Peace or Road to Calvary. I cannot see neoco0ns doing this–this is like asking devil bathing in holy water.

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    • Replies: @Kamran
    Apologies for going off-topic, Tolya, but I would just like to ask Andrei something. I would have sent this directly to him if there was a messaging system on Unz.

    Dear Andrei, you wrote in a previous comment on another thread that you finished your higher education in Baku in the Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU), but I couldn't find any links about it in Russian or English. Naturally I am very interested as I was born in Baku! I would also like to know more about about your specialization, if it is possible for you to divulge much about it.

    "EDUCATION
    1980-1985
    Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU im. Kirova), now defunct, Baku, USSR. Navigational Faculty. Master Of Science, Naval Engineering, Specialist in Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems (focus on strategic missile submarines of projects 667B-BD, NATO: SSBNs Delta I & II class). Secondary specialty: commanding officer tactical units of naval infantry (marines). Undergraduate degree in Military Sciences."

    Edit: I did find this bit of internet history: https://ok.ru/video/31053253346

  42. I tried Zhivago a couple of times (long ago), never could finish. It’s an excruciatingly boring soap opera. It’s amazing how something so paltry can be made (constructed) into an epochal event.

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    • Agree: Andrei Martyanov
    • Replies: @iffen
    I tried Zhivago a couple of times (long ago), never could finish

    Forget the book. Watch the movie, it's one of the greatest.
  43. iffen says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    I tried Zhivago a couple of times (long ago), never could finish. It's an excruciatingly boring soap opera. It's amazing how something so paltry can be made (constructed) into an epochal event.

    I tried Zhivago a couple of times (long ago), never could finish

    Forget the book. Watch the movie, it’s one of the greatest.

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    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji
    I did watch it, long ago. My only memory is that Omar Sharif is (was) a great actor.
  44. Parbes says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    But I’m not sure Pop Culture’s role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture
     
    Russia is Western, however on the fringe, nation in its foundation, China is not. What resonates in Russia does not necessarily resonate in China. Pop and consumer culture were immense, together with distillation of the best West's art classics. E.g. Soviet TV versions of Lope de Vega or of Shakespeare, or even Conan Doyle with Russian pair of Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson being accepted by British themselves as the best, and the list goes on and on--all that was huge, precisely because the nation was extremely educated and, actually, life in USSR wasn't that bad--people wanted more.

    Also, let’s keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.
     
    In 1960s, 70s and 80s it was different and it, actually, had real talents, especially in pop-music. It started to degenerate in earnest by the late 1980s.

    “Pop and consumer culture were immense….the nation was extremely educated and, actually, life in USSR wasn’t that bad–people wanted more….In 1960s, 70s and 80s it was different and it, actually, had real talents, especially in pop-music. It started to degenerate in earnest by the late 1980s.”

    So, then, according to what you’re saying: The Soviet (and especially Russian) people destroyed their own powerful, secure, respected country (in which life “wasn’t bad” at all) with their own hands and plunged themselves into a decades-long, disastrous downward spiral (which might yet end with their destruction by their enemies), for the sake of trying to “merge and become partners” with the West that was producing this Pop Culture – JUST AS this Pop Culture was already starting to degenerate and was on its way out!

    Wow…What MONUMENTAL STUPIDITY. No other nation, in either recent or historical memory, has done anything this monumentally stupid. Couldn’t they have waited a bit more??? It seems to me that, the supposedly “extremely educated” Soviet people were, in fact, not very ***SMART*** at all!

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    "No other nation, in either recent or historical memory, has done anything this monumentally stupid."

    I beg to disagree.
    What about USA and some other countries transferring most of their manufacturing capabilities abroad?
    I think it qualifies as equally, if not more, monumental because with the loss of manufacturing, a nation gradually looses its overall ability to innovate and develop.
    , @Sergey Krieger
    Ironic, isn't it? The truth is that you are 100% correct. It is what happened on all levels. Perestrika was totally uncalled for as there was no existential crisis, just problems of growth and issues which arise from time to time with every growing organism. Life indeed not only was not bad but was consistently improving. Probably not as fast as people wanted but anyway. I will not go deep into what I think of intellectual level of the top leadership that failed to see the gap between ideological rigidity and changing times and mood and failed to act accordingly. Generally speaking Soviet people wanted it all and now . Both security and all social things provided by state which were a lot and would cost an arm and leg in the west and western consumption. Results is here for all to see. People of the former is have got neither. I always loved Pushkin fairy tales. This case is straight from " old fisherman and Golden fish" with former Soviet people being proverbal old woman from this tale. Another irony would be that we're soviet leadership and people calm, patient and consistent the West would go busy, as the fall of the eastern block was what saved the west providing necessary resources which had been all used up by 2000's hence we see what,' s going on now. Going bust eventually.
  45. @iffen
    I tried Zhivago a couple of times (long ago), never could finish

    Forget the book. Watch the movie, it's one of the greatest.

    I did watch it, long ago. My only memory is that Omar Sharif is (was) a great actor.

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    My only memory

    I see your major problem now. You have a faulty memory.
  46. So, then, according to what you’re saying: The Soviet (and especially Russian) people destroyed their own powerful, secure, respected country (in which life “wasn’t bad” at all) with their own hands and plunged themselves into a decades-long, disastrous downward spiral (which might yet end with their destruction by their enemies), for the sake of trying to “merge and become partners” with the West that was producing this Pop Culture – JUST AS this Pop Culture was already starting to degenerate and was on its way out!

    “Elites” certainly did. One of them is still around, if you know what I mean. And so are many of the so called “nationalists” who, quoting Alexander Zinovyev, “aimed at communism but hit Russia”(c)–a perfect encapsulation of the events. Truth is, however, that the attempts on “restoration” were made in 1993, and in 1996 when Zyuganov won elections but was forced to “abdicate”. Yes, a national catastrophe ensued with, by different estimates (one such estimate was made last year at Orthodox-Patriotic Forum in Stavropol), total human costs of around 18 million people either dead or not born as a direct result of “reforms”. GULAG Archipelago? Really? In some places depopulation is still startling even today. Then, there is a much more sinister ideological subplot to all this calamity with, effectively, Foreign Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence concepts of undeniably needed reforms clashing. Foreign Intelligence won. Today, Counter-Intelligence stands vindicated and triumphant. Yet, there is a silver lining to this too–a very powerful immunization against demagogues and faux-scholars was achieved.

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    Andrei, you mentioned intelligence. Is this really beyond speculations as a fact? As gorbachob or some other members of the top leadership recruited? For me frankly it makes no sense. It is like Emperor giving up the crown to peddle mjles or pizza in this case. For me it always looked like fools more dangerous than enemy proverb. I had second thoughts after reading Yakovlev. Due to your contacts you might have information others do not.
    , @Ondrej
    My hypotheses is following for whole Eastern block - first some commonalities

    - Russia and countries of Central Europe had similar history - both empires Russian and Austro-Hungary monarchy collapsed for similar reasons..

    - both were multinational empires with overwhelming majority of Slavic nations, elites were western oriented, often towards germany (even Rumania was still huge Slavic element until 19. century)

    - first part of 20. century there was battle agains german domination, finalized by 2. war.

    - contrary to official propaganda of socialistic internationalism all countries where in fact nationalistic - especially after 2. war

    - socialy conservative, nationalistic with aim of social justice

    - then came anti conservative revolution in whole Europe in sixties together with new musical style

    - Slavic nations being European always were open and accepted other cultures embraced new style and anti conservative movement (I recall it from 70.-80. everybody had kind of enough old tranditional Slavic music)

    - students and young generation in West must end revolt and adjust to system, and to survive in fact betray their ideals, of anti-system anti-conservative revolution (from their anti system values - kept only part and became nowadays liberals..

    - on contrary at East you did not need to cooperate with system that much, so there was plenty of young people with long hairs - symbol of independence in Easter countries, unless they were openly anti-system, they could live decently in internal exile and be free,
    due to minimum incentive >> small differences in wages they were not that easily corrupted by system, so continue to be in opposition to system - which was socially conservative but were egalitarian

    - due to iron wall many believed and find out what is in movies from West to be attractive, on other hand Eastern movies and tv was more boring (translate closer - in fact - to real life) in comparison to western production, but they did make judgment by eastern standards applying them on western production...

    - changes in Eastern block were initially going for many to make system even more free and less socially rigid and outcome we know..

    I agree with Zinovjev very unique coincidence of different factors..

    But in whole in Central and Eastern block, as it is usual in Slavic countries over whole history, when crisis is coming people are going back to roots and Nationalism is again back even in different forms across Poland, Hungary, Balkan, even in Ukraine...

    Question is as usually who will be uniting factor? Russia, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Czechia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Baltic countries, Germans ?? That is question. All of them already had that role in past history..

    I forgot, my apology goes for Slovakia - their turn is now;-) They are Central (Central Europe), closer idealy in middle of Poland, Czechia, Ukraine, - not far from Russia many of share ancestors wish Hungary, mentality exactly in middle of all;-)
  47. Kamran says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Yeah, Doc Zhivago probably had more impact in the West, especially with Lean’s blockbuster movie.
     
    Forgot to respond to that. Yes, true and this pattern of the West seeing what it wants to see not what really is continues today with major geopolitical ramifications. But West is not capable of learning anymore. I am sure Western elites all read Solzhenitsyn as a "historian", I doubt any of them, bar some very few exceptions, finished War and Peace or Road to Calvary. I cannot see neoco0ns doing this--this is like asking devil bathing in holy water.

    Apologies for going off-topic, Tolya, but I would just like to ask Andrei something. I would have sent this directly to him if there was a messaging system on Unz.

    Dear Andrei, you wrote in a previous comment on another thread that you finished your higher education in Baku in the Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU), but I couldn’t find any links about it in Russian or English. Naturally I am very interested as I was born in Baku! I would also like to know more about about your specialization, if it is possible for you to divulge much about it.

    “EDUCATION
    1980-1985
    Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU im. Kirova), now defunct, Baku, USSR. Navigational Faculty. Master Of Science, Naval Engineering, Specialist in Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems (focus on strategic missile submarines of projects 667B-BD, NATO: SSBNs Delta I & II class). Secondary specialty: commanding officer tactical units of naval infantry (marines). Undergraduate degree in Military Sciences.”

    Edit: I did find this bit of internet history: https://ok.ru/video/31053253346

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    Dear Andrei, you wrote in a previous comment on another thread that you finished your higher education in Baku in the Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU), but I couldn’t find any links about it in Russian or English. Naturally I am very interested as I was born in Baku! I would also like to know more about about your specialization, if it is possible for you to divulge much about it.
     
    No problem. Here is a direct link to now defunct academy:

    www.kvvmku.ru

    You can find me in the class of 1985 you can use my call sign белая лошадь (yes, I also was called in English too--White Horse--in fact I had an alternative signature WHorse, with which, accidentally, I signed my Communist Party ID to a rather stunned look on the face of Chief of Political Department, LOL, they had to order another one).

    https://ok.ru/video/38293801641

    Here is a famous documentary in English. There is a whole number of my class-mates (including among many Azik Guseinov) in this short movie. I don't know, however, what do you need more precisely, will be happy to answer any of your questions.
    , @Philip Owen
    Any in with the Navigator factory in Saratov. There was a whole complex of optoelectronic industries making guidance systems there. In the 1990's, I sold devices made in Saratov to the Indians pace program for remote sensing of fishing fleets and weather. I shipped them via the UK. Two lots of export control tests. 65 different documents in multiple,we copies.
  48. Sean says:
    @Kamran
    Simply that nationalism is a reaction to attacks on community A (defined by ethnicity, religion, race, or social class) by community B (defined likewise). If community A is isolated from community B, then community A will soon start squabbling within itself. Only in the presence of a external threat does community A solidify and emerge as distinct group.

    In general, since the bronze age, these concentric circles have been expanding, from small city states to large regional kingdoms, to empires, to gigantic civilizational blocks like Christendom.

    In this particular case, I think the ethnogenesis of the Slavic peoples is quite recent (relatively speaking) at around 1,500 years ago. You can read old church slavonic and see that is quite close to proto-slavic. Slavic first split into West Slavic; which is now Polish, Czech and Slovak, and into East Slavic; which is now Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian, and into South Slavic; Serbo-Croat, etc.

    The original Russian state was centered on the the Golden Ring of Russian cities, northeast of Moscow. If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic. Preferably something with original texts and documents directly referred to and quoted in the text.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Ring

    This quite a way from Kiev, where Kievan Rus

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27

    Most Russian nationalists want to unite the Ukrainians and Belarussians under the Moscow state, but why should they stop there? Poland, Czech Republic, and Yugoslavia are all Slavic peoples as well.

    N.B.: Я просто шучу Толя, давайте не будем вызывать у Поляков панику.

    If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic. Preferably something with original texts and documents directly referred to and quoted in the text.

    https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/revisiting-the-icon-and-the-axe-and-its-impact-russian-studies

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    It all depends n which monk wrote it down 200 years later. Like Vladimir's baptism on Roman I!perusal territory in Crimea. And so he was a Prince not a king.
  49. @Kamran
    Apologies for going off-topic, Tolya, but I would just like to ask Andrei something. I would have sent this directly to him if there was a messaging system on Unz.

    Dear Andrei, you wrote in a previous comment on another thread that you finished your higher education in Baku in the Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU), but I couldn't find any links about it in Russian or English. Naturally I am very interested as I was born in Baku! I would also like to know more about about your specialization, if it is possible for you to divulge much about it.

    "EDUCATION
    1980-1985
    Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU im. Kirova), now defunct, Baku, USSR. Navigational Faculty. Master Of Science, Naval Engineering, Specialist in Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems (focus on strategic missile submarines of projects 667B-BD, NATO: SSBNs Delta I & II class). Secondary specialty: commanding officer tactical units of naval infantry (marines). Undergraduate degree in Military Sciences."

    Edit: I did find this bit of internet history: https://ok.ru/video/31053253346

    Dear Andrei, you wrote in a previous comment on another thread that you finished your higher education in Baku in the Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU), but I couldn’t find any links about it in Russian or English. Naturally I am very interested as I was born in Baku! I would also like to know more about about your specialization, if it is possible for you to divulge much about it.

    No problem. Here is a direct link to now defunct academy:

    http://www.kvvmku.ru

    You can find me in the class of 1985 you can use my call sign белая лошадь (yes, I also was called in English too–White Horse–in fact I had an alternative signature WHorse, with which, accidentally, I signed my Communist Party ID to a rather stunned look on the face of Chief of Political Department, LOL, they had to order another one).

    https://ok.ru/video/38293801641

    Here is a famous documentary in English. There is a whole number of my class-mates (including among many Azik Guseinov) in this short movie. I don’t know, however, what do you need more precisely, will be happy to answer any of your questions.

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    What does this mean: "Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems ."
  50. Kamran says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Dear Andrei, you wrote in a previous comment on another thread that you finished your higher education in Baku in the Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU), but I couldn’t find any links about it in Russian or English. Naturally I am very interested as I was born in Baku! I would also like to know more about about your specialization, if it is possible for you to divulge much about it.
     
    No problem. Here is a direct link to now defunct academy:

    www.kvvmku.ru

    You can find me in the class of 1985 you can use my call sign белая лошадь (yes, I also was called in English too--White Horse--in fact I had an alternative signature WHorse, with which, accidentally, I signed my Communist Party ID to a rather stunned look on the face of Chief of Political Department, LOL, they had to order another one).

    https://ok.ru/video/38293801641

    Here is a famous documentary in English. There is a whole number of my class-mates (including among many Azik Guseinov) in this short movie. I don't know, however, what do you need more precisely, will be happy to answer any of your questions.

    What does this mean: “Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems .”

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    What does this mean: “Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems .”
     
    Any submarine but especially so so called boomers, that is nuclear subs carrying Sea Launched Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, each with MIRV--Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicles (in layman's lingo--warheads)--are a national treasure for nations such as Russia, US or UK since are nuclear deterrents. They go to ocean and disappear on combat patrol being in immediate readiness to launch against any target. In order to do that--submarine and its systems require an incredibly precise knowledge of its position (geographic coordinates) and this information (including the positioning of the platforms in missiles themselves) and an ability to provide it for the on-board computers both on the sub (launch systems) and missile itself. To do so, as early as late 1960s a gyro-inertial navigational complexes had been developed--the reason they are called such is because at that time gyro-stabilized (usually three) platforms were used, with platforms housing accelerators which could (I omit here details of integration of parameters) give every moment an extremely precise position of the submarine even during dead-reckoning. But not only that--other means of (if needed) correction and "updating" missile were also used including very sophisticated Satellite navigation systems (Parus) Doppler logs and optronic systems which allowed to fix own position with minimal to no exposure for submarine. These complexes started to be installed on a strategic missile submarines of the Soviet Navy starting from projects 667B and BD. By 1980s all Soviet nuclear subs carried extremely reliable and precise complexes which allowed to provide all necessary data to on-board weapon systems and CICS (Combat Informational Control Systems). Today many of those functions are done with the use of laser gyroscopes and every modern combat ship and sub in Russia is equipped (I assume the same is the case in US Navy or PLAN) with excellent tactics-navigation suite, which allows to fight the battle (including complex maneuvering) under any conditions. Hope this answers your question.
  51. @Kamran
    What does this mean: "Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems ."

    What does this mean: “Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems .”

    Any submarine but especially so so called boomers, that is nuclear subs carrying Sea Launched Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, each with MIRV–Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicles (in layman’s lingo–warheads)–are a national treasure for nations such as Russia, US or UK since are nuclear deterrents. They go to ocean and disappear on combat patrol being in immediate readiness to launch against any target. In order to do that–submarine and its systems require an incredibly precise knowledge of its position (geographic coordinates) and this information (including the positioning of the platforms in missiles themselves) and an ability to provide it for the on-board computers both on the sub (launch systems) and missile itself. To do so, as early as late 1960s a gyro-inertial navigational complexes had been developed–the reason they are called such is because at that time gyro-stabilized (usually three) platforms were used, with platforms housing accelerators which could (I omit here details of integration of parameters) give every moment an extremely precise position of the submarine even during dead-reckoning. But not only that–other means of (if needed) correction and “updating” missile were also used including very sophisticated Satellite navigation systems (Parus) Doppler logs and optronic systems which allowed to fix own position with minimal to no exposure for submarine. These complexes started to be installed on a strategic missile submarines of the Soviet Navy starting from projects 667B and BD. By 1980s all Soviet nuclear subs carried extremely reliable and precise complexes which allowed to provide all necessary data to on-board weapon systems and CICS (Combat Informational Control Systems). Today many of those functions are done with the use of laser gyroscopes and every modern combat ship and sub in Russia is equipped (I assume the same is the case in US Navy or PLAN) with excellent tactics-navigation suite, which allows to fight the battle (including complex maneuvering) under any conditions. Hope this answers your question.

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    accelerators
     
    Correction: accelerometers. Auto-correct is evil.
  52. @Parbes
    "Pop and consumer culture were immense....the nation was extremely educated and, actually, life in USSR wasn’t that bad–people wanted more....In 1960s, 70s and 80s it was different and it, actually, had real talents, especially in pop-music. It started to degenerate in earnest by the late 1980s."

    So, then, according to what you're saying: The Soviet (and especially Russian) people destroyed their own powerful, secure, respected country (in which life "wasn't bad" at all) with their own hands and plunged themselves into a decades-long, disastrous downward spiral (which might yet end with their destruction by their enemies), for the sake of trying to "merge and become partners" with the West that was producing this Pop Culture - JUST AS this Pop Culture was already starting to degenerate and was on its way out!

    Wow...What MONUMENTAL STUPIDITY. No other nation, in either recent or historical memory, has done anything this monumentally stupid. Couldn't they have waited a bit more??? It seems to me that, the supposedly "extremely educated" Soviet people were, in fact, not very ***SMART*** at all!

    “No other nation, in either recent or historical memory, has done anything this monumentally stupid.”

    I beg to disagree.
    What about USA and some other countries transferring most of their manufacturing capabilities abroad?
    I think it qualifies as equally, if not more, monumental because with the loss of manufacturing, a nation gradually looses its overall ability to innovate and develop.

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    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov

    I beg to disagree. What about USA and some other countries transferring most of their manufacturing capabilities abroad?
     
    A great point, indeed.

    because with the loss of manufacturing, a nation gradually looses its overall ability to innovate and develop.
     
    But don't tell this to Mark Zuckerberg or people of whatever will be the next "IT" fad, Assbook? ;-)
  53. @Andrei Martyanov

    What does this mean: “Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems .”
     
    Any submarine but especially so so called boomers, that is nuclear subs carrying Sea Launched Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, each with MIRV--Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicles (in layman's lingo--warheads)--are a national treasure for nations such as Russia, US or UK since are nuclear deterrents. They go to ocean and disappear on combat patrol being in immediate readiness to launch against any target. In order to do that--submarine and its systems require an incredibly precise knowledge of its position (geographic coordinates) and this information (including the positioning of the platforms in missiles themselves) and an ability to provide it for the on-board computers both on the sub (launch systems) and missile itself. To do so, as early as late 1960s a gyro-inertial navigational complexes had been developed--the reason they are called such is because at that time gyro-stabilized (usually three) platforms were used, with platforms housing accelerators which could (I omit here details of integration of parameters) give every moment an extremely precise position of the submarine even during dead-reckoning. But not only that--other means of (if needed) correction and "updating" missile were also used including very sophisticated Satellite navigation systems (Parus) Doppler logs and optronic systems which allowed to fix own position with minimal to no exposure for submarine. These complexes started to be installed on a strategic missile submarines of the Soviet Navy starting from projects 667B and BD. By 1980s all Soviet nuclear subs carried extremely reliable and precise complexes which allowed to provide all necessary data to on-board weapon systems and CICS (Combat Informational Control Systems). Today many of those functions are done with the use of laser gyroscopes and every modern combat ship and sub in Russia is equipped (I assume the same is the case in US Navy or PLAN) with excellent tactics-navigation suite, which allows to fight the battle (including complex maneuvering) under any conditions. Hope this answers your question.

    accelerators

    Correction: accelerometers. Auto-correct is evil.

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  54. @Simpleguest
    "No other nation, in either recent or historical memory, has done anything this monumentally stupid."

    I beg to disagree.
    What about USA and some other countries transferring most of their manufacturing capabilities abroad?
    I think it qualifies as equally, if not more, monumental because with the loss of manufacturing, a nation gradually looses its overall ability to innovate and develop.

    I beg to disagree. What about USA and some other countries transferring most of their manufacturing capabilities abroad?

    A great point, indeed.

    because with the loss of manufacturing, a nation gradually looses its overall ability to innovate and develop.

    But don’t tell this to Mark Zuckerberg or people of whatever will be the next “IT” fad, Assbook? ;-)

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    Thanks, I appreciate it.
    By the way I really like reading your posts especially the ones on military technology topics.

    Re, Zuckerberg, the wast majority of people are ignorant to the fact that the bedrock of our civilization, the "heat to work" energy transformation cycle (i.e. internal combustion engine and derivatives) is actually a terribly crude and inefficient undertaking that can't be possibly expected to provide for the needs of the ever more demanding population.

    In that respect, I think that our civilization is basically still a 19th century civilization and no amount of "Facebooks" or other "apps" can change that.
  55. Hupa says:

    Polish patriotism is also positive. This is why the country is called “Rzecz Pospolita – Res Publica – Common Wealth”. If russian patriotism is positive and polish negative, then why it was Russia that had a bolshevik revolution? Unless you state that bolsheviks were also patriots, but then the concept of patriotism loses any serious meaning

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    This is why the country is called “Rzecz Pospolita – Res Publica – Common Wealth”.
     
    "Rzecz" ("рiч") means 'thing' in Ukrainian, and I presume it must be the same in Polish. Sounds more like "La Cosa Nostra".
  56. @Hupa
    Polish patriotism is also positive. This is why the country is called "Rzecz Pospolita - Res Publica - Common Wealth". If russian patriotism is positive and polish negative, then why it was Russia that had a bolshevik revolution? Unless you state that bolsheviks were also patriots, but then the concept of patriotism loses any serious meaning

    This is why the country is called “Rzecz Pospolita – Res Publica – Common Wealth”.

    “Rzecz” (“рiч”) means ‘thing’ in Ukrainian, and I presume it must be the same in Polish. Sounds more like “La Cosa Nostra”.

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    Rzecz Pospolita is a direct translation of the Latin
    term Res Publica (a thing held in common). The
    term Res Publica goes back to the days of the Roman
    Republic, and was used in Poland because the Polish
    -Lithuanian Commonwealth was expressly patterned
    after the Roman Republic /not Empire/. The word
    'republic' has the same etymology.
  57. @Andrei Martyanov

    I beg to disagree. What about USA and some other countries transferring most of their manufacturing capabilities abroad?
     
    A great point, indeed.

    because with the loss of manufacturing, a nation gradually looses its overall ability to innovate and develop.
     
    But don't tell this to Mark Zuckerberg or people of whatever will be the next "IT" fad, Assbook? ;-)

    Thanks, I appreciate it.
    By the way I really like reading your posts especially the ones on military technology topics.

    Re, Zuckerberg, the wast majority of people are ignorant to the fact that the bedrock of our civilization, the “heat to work” energy transformation cycle (i.e. internal combustion engine and derivatives) is actually a terribly crude and inefficient undertaking that can’t be possibly expected to provide for the needs of the ever more demanding population.

    In that respect, I think that our civilization is basically still a 19th century civilization and no amount of “Facebooks” or other “apps” can change that.

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    In that respect, I think that our civilization is basically still a 19th century civilization and no amount of “Facebooks” or other “apps” can change that.
     
    Agree in principle. Yes, we still drive internal combustion engines, we still fly air-breathers and we still use chemical rocket engines. Obviously they are much more advanced when compared with even 30 year old technology but we are still well within classic industrial set-up which is framed by computers. Transition to new and real hi-tech (not this IT BS) paradigm will be long and arduous process before we even reach Kardashev's Type I civilization, granted we survive that long.
  58. inertial says:
    @Jaakko Raipala

    Excellent, so these people have Scandinavian names but *refer to themselves* (a very important detail – it is not used an exonym but a self-apellation) and consider themselves as Russians, and not Varangians, Norsemen, Vikings, or any other name for people of Scandinavian origin used in the early Middle Ages.
     
    Rus *is* a term for people of eastern Scandinavian origin used in the middle ages. In the early texts someone getting identified as Rus means that they were recognized as Scandinavians and not Slavs.

    In some places Rus *still* is the term for eastern Scandinavians: in Finnish Sweden has always been the state named after the Rus and in modern usage Rus refers to what others would call ethnic Swedes. Slavs have never been referred to with any Rus-related word.

    National and ethnic identities are constantly shifting and you can't claim that some identity is X years old because some word has been used for X years since words shift meaning and get swapped between groups. "Rus" is a very likely case of a generic Finnic word for Scandinavians or Scandinavian-aligned tribes turning into an eastern Slavic self-appellation through a long historical chain of shifts and swaps.

    Rus was also sort of a Finnic self-appellation for Western subgroups of what are now called ethnic Finns but then it included the idea that we're a group together with what others call Swedes. That ended, ironically enough, when imperial Russia annexed us to impose on us a national identity project where a bunch of people who called themselves Rus-people since the middle ages were told to drop the name and adapt to this "Finn" abomination instead.

    Yes, but the meaning of Rus/Ruotsi is an occupation – rowers – not an ethnic designation. All kind of groups were rowing around the Baltic at the time. Rurik could’ve been a Scandinavian, or an Obotrite, or some other kind Western Slav, or even a Celt (there are some who argue for this last exotic theory.) Some sort of a Scandinavian is the way to bet, of course, but likely not a Swede. The chronicler says that the Rus was a whole separate tribe “like the Danes, or the Swedes, or the Friesians, or the English,” and that the the whole tribe came over with Rurik.

    Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who the Rus were. More important is who called them. It was a confederation of five tribes: one Slavic (the most numerous, I think,) one half-Slavic, half-Baltic, and three Finno-Ugric. With the Rus as their military leaders, they formed the nucleus of a new nation. They adopted the name Rus almost immediately, so it came to mean the whole people, not just the original Rurik’s tribe.

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    It was a confederation of five tribes: one Slavic (the most numerous, I think,) one half-Slavic, half-Baltic, and three Finno-Ugric. With the Rus as their military leaders, they formed the nucleus of a new nation. They adopted the name Rus almost immediately, so it came to mean the whole people, not just the original Rurik’s tribe.
     
    And here I thought that nation building was a long drawn out process, but here we see the instantaneous creation of a new 'nation' that I presume was the same one that was named 'Rosija' that sprung up in Muscovy some 5-6 centuries later? :-) Besides, the very capable Harvard historian, Omeljan Pritsak, felt that the 'Rus'weren't a 'nation' or ethnicity at all, but the name of a mercantile trading group, much like the later one that represented British colonial interests in India, The East India Company.

    Yaroslav also began the transformation of Rus' into a territorial community consisting of the lands of Kiev, Chernigov, and Pereiaslavl. The terms "Rus" and "Russkaia zemlia" (Rus land) then appeared in the second half of the eleventh century and beginning of the twelfth century with the new specific meaning of Southern Rus' (the Ukraine of today). Only now, during this time, did a cultural revolution take place. Transformed from a multiethnic, multilingual, and nonterritorial community with a "low" culture, Kievan Rus' was endowed with a new "high" culture based on a foreign, written, and sanctified Slavic language (traditionally known as Church Slavonic) and as a result appeared on the stage of East European history. Up to that time the Rus' were only the foreign ruling class based on a primitive organization of [transient merchants] who periodically collected taxes for their prince but were not connected with any territory. . .In the eighth and ninth centuries there emerged a multiethnic, multilingual, unified social and economic entity represented by the maritime and trading society of the Baltic sea and transplanted by the bearers of the culture of the Mediterranean. It took more than two centuries for the multiethnic and multilingual commercial ventures of some trading companies . . . to transform this into a Christian and linguistically Slavic high culture that became Kievan Rus.
     
    http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/classes/pritsak.html
    , @AP
    DNA results of the Rurikids point to origins in Sweden. This issue is largely settled.

    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mozhayski/teksty/ydna.html

    "Thanks to this, i.e. Rurikid project, we can now say that Rurik was a historical person who was born on the Roslagen seashore (slightly north of Stockholm, Sweden). However, he was of Finno-Ugrian descent (haplogroup N1c1 (earlier described as N3a)). Although all of well matching N1c1 Rurikid princes are descended from Yaroslav Mudry (978 – 1054), it seems that his ancestors including Rurik (b. ab. 820 – 876) himself, also belonged to this haplogroup. A group of Swedes, whose ancestors lived in or close to Uppsala, and whose genetic haplotypes are very close to these of the Rurikids, seems to be confirming the theory that Rurik, in fact, originated from Sweden."

    I doubt it's a coincidence that the region of Sweden from which Rurik originates is called Roslagen.
    , @Philip Owen
    There is (very) slight evidence for medieval brythons (Welsh near as not) heading to Byzantium and then North during the Saxon invasion English Saxons did so later after the Norman invasion.. There is real evidence for one of the figures that became King Arthur commanding amgroup of Alan's on Hadrian's wall in the UK. Celts not impossible.
  59. Mr. Hack says:
    @inertial
    Yes, but the meaning of Rus/Ruotsi is an occupation - rowers - not an ethnic designation. All kind of groups were rowing around the Baltic at the time. Rurik could've been a Scandinavian, or an Obotrite, or some other kind Western Slav, or even a Celt (there are some who argue for this last exotic theory.) Some sort of a Scandinavian is the way to bet, of course, but likely not a Swede. The chronicler says that the Rus was a whole separate tribe "like the Danes, or the Swedes, or the Friesians, or the English," and that the the whole tribe came over with Rurik.

    Ultimately, it doesn't matter who the Rus were. More important is who called them. It was a confederation of five tribes: one Slavic (the most numerous, I think,) one half-Slavic, half-Baltic, and three Finno-Ugric. With the Rus as their military leaders, they formed the nucleus of a new nation. They adopted the name Rus almost immediately, so it came to mean the whole people, not just the original Rurik's tribe.

    It was a confederation of five tribes: one Slavic (the most numerous, I think,) one half-Slavic, half-Baltic, and three Finno-Ugric. With the Rus as their military leaders, they formed the nucleus of a new nation. They adopted the name Rus almost immediately, so it came to mean the whole people, not just the original Rurik’s tribe.

    And here I thought that nation building was a long drawn out process, but here we see the instantaneous creation of a new ‘nation’ that I presume was the same one that was named ‘Rosija’ that sprung up in Muscovy some 5-6 centuries later? :-) Besides, the very capable Harvard historian, Omeljan Pritsak, felt that the ‘Rus’weren’t a ‘nation’ or ethnicity at all, but the name of a mercantile trading group, much like the later one that represented British colonial interests in India, The East India Company.

    Yaroslav also began the transformation of Rus’ into a territorial community consisting of the lands of Kiev, Chernigov, and Pereiaslavl. The terms “Rus” and “Russkaia zemlia” (Rus land) then appeared in the second half of the eleventh century and beginning of the twelfth century with the new specific meaning of Southern Rus’ (the Ukraine of today). Only now, during this time, did a cultural revolution take place. Transformed from a multiethnic, multilingual, and nonterritorial community with a “low” culture, Kievan Rus’ was endowed with a new “high” culture based on a foreign, written, and sanctified Slavic language (traditionally known as Church Slavonic) and as a result appeared on the stage of East European history. Up to that time the Rus’ were only the foreign ruling class based on a primitive organization of [transient merchants] who periodically collected taxes for their prince but were not connected with any territory. . .In the eighth and ninth centuries there emerged a multiethnic, multilingual, unified social and economic entity represented by the maritime and trading society of the Baltic sea and transplanted by the bearers of the culture of the Mediterranean. It took more than two centuries for the multiethnic and multilingual commercial ventures of some trading companies . . . to transform this into a Christian and linguistically Slavic high culture that became Kievan Rus.

    http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/classes/pritsak.html

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  60. melanf says:
    @Kamran
    Simply that nationalism is a reaction to attacks on community A (defined by ethnicity, religion, race, or social class) by community B (defined likewise). If community A is isolated from community B, then community A will soon start squabbling within itself. Only in the presence of a external threat does community A solidify and emerge as distinct group.

    In general, since the bronze age, these concentric circles have been expanding, from small city states to large regional kingdoms, to empires, to gigantic civilizational blocks like Christendom.

    In this particular case, I think the ethnogenesis of the Slavic peoples is quite recent (relatively speaking) at around 1,500 years ago. You can read old church slavonic and see that is quite close to proto-slavic. Slavic first split into West Slavic; which is now Polish, Czech and Slovak, and into East Slavic; which is now Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian, and into South Slavic; Serbo-Croat, etc.

    The original Russian state was centered on the the Golden Ring of Russian cities, northeast of Moscow. If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic. Preferably something with original texts and documents directly referred to and quoted in the text.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Ring

    This quite a way from Kiev, where Kievan Rus

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27

    Most Russian nationalists want to unite the Ukrainians and Belarussians under the Moscow state, but why should they stop there? Poland, Czech Republic, and Yugoslavia are all Slavic peoples as well.

    N.B.: Я просто шучу Толя, давайте не будем вызывать у Поляков панику.

    . If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic.

    In Russian http://statehistory.ru/books/Anton-Gorskiy_Rus-Ot-slavyanskogo-Rasseleniya-do-Moskovskogo-tsarstva/

    English http://www.mgh-bibliothek.de/dokumente/a/a011458.pdf

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  61. @Simpleguest
    Thanks, I appreciate it.
    By the way I really like reading your posts especially the ones on military technology topics.

    Re, Zuckerberg, the wast majority of people are ignorant to the fact that the bedrock of our civilization, the "heat to work" energy transformation cycle (i.e. internal combustion engine and derivatives) is actually a terribly crude and inefficient undertaking that can't be possibly expected to provide for the needs of the ever more demanding population.

    In that respect, I think that our civilization is basically still a 19th century civilization and no amount of "Facebooks" or other "apps" can change that.

    In that respect, I think that our civilization is basically still a 19th century civilization and no amount of “Facebooks” or other “apps” can change that.

    Agree in principle. Yes, we still drive internal combustion engines, we still fly air-breathers and we still use chemical rocket engines. Obviously they are much more advanced when compared with even 30 year old technology but we are still well within classic industrial set-up which is framed by computers. Transition to new and real hi-tech (not this IT BS) paradigm will be long and arduous process before we even reach Kardashev’s Type I civilization, granted we survive that long.

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  62. melanf says:
    @Mr. Hack

    it seems logical that Algirdas could have learned that his dominance of Kiev was being challenged, and went to meet the Tatar army, with its Rus'ian allies (as indeed Algirdas probably had too) that had been dispatched from Podolia, and defeated them on the banks of a river, at a site now lost to history. The battle was not only evident from its mention in the chronicles, but also its impact on the scene. The chronicle goes on to state that Algirdas established various relatives as rulers of Podolia, and "put a stop to the payment of tribute to the Tatars", as well as fortifying the cities of the region, something which had been forbidden under the Tatar Yoke. The Golden Horde was not finished, and incidents of occasional tribute paying were to recur again, but essentially the central Ukrainian lands were taken out of Golden Horde's domain, and for many years became part of a wider Lithuanian realm. On this basis the battle of the Blue Waters can be considered decisive.
     
    http://www.historical-quest.com/english-articles/1123-the-battle-of-the-blue-waters.html

    You're correct in that a sort of 'double yoke 'existed for a time after this important battle. 'Sort of' because many of the local Ruthenian princes felt more inclined to share in the rule of the new pagan Lithuanians, then to the more hated foreign Asian masters. This battle preceded the Kulokovo one (but not by 100 years as I mistakenly stated above), and was at least as impacting as the later one in the North, and signaled a momentous change in the fortunes of the Horde within Ukrainian lands.

    many of the local Ruthenian princes felt more inclined to share in the rule of the new pagan Lithuanians, then to the more hated foreign Asian masters

    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars

    This battle (in 1362) …signaled a momentous change in the fortunes of the Horde within Ukrainian lands.

    After, in 1359, the Horde is falling apart, and the Golden Horde is in a state of permanent civil war. The power of the Tatars dramatically weakens, equally over the southern Russian principalities and over the North-Eastern Russian principalities. The battle at Blue waters had little effect on these processes

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    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars
     
    Not really.
  63. AP says:
    @inertial
    Yes, but the meaning of Rus/Ruotsi is an occupation - rowers - not an ethnic designation. All kind of groups were rowing around the Baltic at the time. Rurik could've been a Scandinavian, or an Obotrite, or some other kind Western Slav, or even a Celt (there are some who argue for this last exotic theory.) Some sort of a Scandinavian is the way to bet, of course, but likely not a Swede. The chronicler says that the Rus was a whole separate tribe "like the Danes, or the Swedes, or the Friesians, or the English," and that the the whole tribe came over with Rurik.

    Ultimately, it doesn't matter who the Rus were. More important is who called them. It was a confederation of five tribes: one Slavic (the most numerous, I think,) one half-Slavic, half-Baltic, and three Finno-Ugric. With the Rus as their military leaders, they formed the nucleus of a new nation. They adopted the name Rus almost immediately, so it came to mean the whole people, not just the original Rurik's tribe.

    DNA results of the Rurikids point to origins in Sweden. This issue is largely settled.

    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mozhayski/teksty/ydna.html

    “Thanks to this, i.e. Rurikid project, we can now say that Rurik was a historical person who was born on the Roslagen seashore (slightly north of Stockholm, Sweden). However, he was of Finno-Ugrian descent (haplogroup N1c1 (earlier described as N3a)). Although all of well matching N1c1 Rurikid princes are descended from Yaroslav Mudry (978 – 1054), it seems that his ancestors including Rurik (b. ab. 820 – 876) himself, also belonged to this haplogroup. A group of Swedes, whose ancestors lived in or close to Uppsala, and whose genetic haplotypes are very close to these of the Rurikids, seems to be confirming the theory that Rurik, in fact, originated from Sweden.”

    I doubt it’s a coincidence that the region of Sweden from which Rurik originates is called Roslagen.

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  64. Mr. Hack says:

    The battle at Blue waters had little effect on these processes

    It was a coup de gras, in the Southern Rus lands for the Golden Horde. It was symptomatic of what you describe as the waning of Horde’s strength and unity.

    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars

    Not initially. The Lithanian period ultimately provided a respite from Horde and other nomadic steppe encroachments. The Ruthenian Orthodox church initially reaped the benefits of its new arrangements, most evident in the establishment of great educational centers of learning in Ukrainian lands, the Mohilev Academy, Ostriv printing house etc; Orthodox church brotherhoods sprouted up all throughout Ukraine where the local petite bourgeoisie built hospitals and churches to help the less fortunate within their society. As the Polish part of the equation took over in dominance of the Commonwealth, and the native Ruthenian gentry class absorbed more of a Polish cultural milieu, then yes, the Commonwealth became less and less attractive to the lower classes.

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  65. Anon 2 says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji

    This is why the country is called “Rzecz Pospolita – Res Publica – Common Wealth”.
     
    "Rzecz" ("рiч") means 'thing' in Ukrainian, and I presume it must be the same in Polish. Sounds more like "La Cosa Nostra".

    Rzecz Pospolita is a direct translation of the Latin
    term Res Publica (a thing held in common). The
    term Res Publica goes back to the days of the Roman
    Republic, and was used in Poland because the Polish
    -Lithuanian Commonwealth was expressly patterned
    after the Roman Republic /not Empire/. The word
    ‘republic’ has the same etymology.

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    Thanks to this, i.e. Rurikid project, we can now say that Rurik was a historical person who was born on the Roslagen seashore
     
    No, they can't. They can say his male ancestors were from there.

    Still, this is an over- pedantic point.
  66. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Anon 2
    Rzecz Pospolita is a direct translation of the Latin
    term Res Publica (a thing held in common). The
    term Res Publica goes back to the days of the Roman
    Republic, and was used in Poland because the Polish
    -Lithuanian Commonwealth was expressly patterned
    after the Roman Republic /not Empire/. The word
    'republic' has the same etymology.

    Thanks to this, i.e. Rurikid project, we can now say that Rurik was a historical person who was born on the Roslagen seashore

    No, they can’t. They can say his male ancestors were from there.

    Still, this is an over- pedantic point.

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  67. AP says:
    @melanf

    many of the local Ruthenian princes felt more inclined to share in the rule of the new pagan Lithuanians, then to the more hated foreign Asian masters
     
    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars

    This battle (in 1362) ...signaled a momentous change in the fortunes of the Horde within Ukrainian lands.
     
    After, in 1359, the Horde is falling apart, and the Golden Horde is in a state of permanent civil war. The power of the Tatars dramatically weakens, equally over the southern Russian principalities and over the North-Eastern Russian principalities. The battle at Blue waters had little effect on these processes

    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars

    Not really.

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    Not really.
     
    What's the matter? Wasn't my reply to melanf detailed enough? Did I miss something? :-)
    , @melanf


    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars
     
    Not really.
     
    Really quite really

    The Lithuanians, for the sake of the Polish crown had converted to Catholicism, an act that was a betrayal of the Orthodox population of the Russian principalities (under the Lithuanian rule). Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine and Belarus turned into a Polish colony, the local elite was replaced by the Polish elite and the people turned into bipedal cattle, deprived of their own culture and history. The Polish landlords could to enjoy life, because of this colonial population (which they sincerely despised) . This is variant of the Eastern-European Ireland.

    Of course, in the Moscow realm, landlords also squeeze money from the peasants, but peasants fed their own elite. In the "Lithuania" peasants fed the alien, Catholic elite.

  68. Mr. Hack says:
    @AP

    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars
     
    Not really.

    Not really.

    What’s the matter? Wasn’t my reply to melanf detailed enough? Did I miss something? :-)

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  69. melanf says:
    @AP

    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars
     
    Not really.

    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars

    Not really.

    Really quite really

    The Lithuanians, for the sake of the Polish crown had converted to Catholicism, an act that was a betrayal of the Orthodox population of the Russian principalities (under the Lithuanian rule). Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine and Belarus turned into a Polish colony, the local elite was replaced by the Polish elite and the people turned into bipedal cattle, deprived of their own culture and history. The Polish landlords could to enjoy life, because of this colonial population (which they sincerely despised) . This is variant of the Eastern-European Ireland.

    Of course, in the Moscow realm, landlords also squeeze money from the peasants, but peasants fed their own elite. In the “Lithuania” peasants fed the alien, Catholic elite.

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    Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine and Belarus turned into a Polish colony, the local elite was replaced by the Polish elite
     
    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility. There was not much replacement. Much of the native elite converted to Catholicism but maintained their Rus identity.

    Did you know that the supreme commander of Rzeczpospolita forces against Muscovy was a Rurikid prince, Konstanty Ostrogski?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstanty_Ostrogski

    Khmelyntski's uprising was in essence a civil war of Ukrainian (Little Russian) peasants and lower nobles against Ukrainian magnates.

    Peasants were treated no more badly in Poland-Lithuania than under Moscow - they were treated about equally badly in both places; not much difference. But nobles were treated much better in Rzeczpospolita than under Moscow, and overall level of civilization was much higher. So the claim that "Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars" is nonsense unless you view everything as some sort of strict Orthodox nationalist.

  70. AP says:
    @melanf


    As subsequent events showed, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars
     
    Not really.
     
    Really quite really

    The Lithuanians, for the sake of the Polish crown had converted to Catholicism, an act that was a betrayal of the Orthodox population of the Russian principalities (under the Lithuanian rule). Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine and Belarus turned into a Polish colony, the local elite was replaced by the Polish elite and the people turned into bipedal cattle, deprived of their own culture and history. The Polish landlords could to enjoy life, because of this colonial population (which they sincerely despised) . This is variant of the Eastern-European Ireland.

    Of course, in the Moscow realm, landlords also squeeze money from the peasants, but peasants fed their own elite. In the "Lithuania" peasants fed the alien, Catholic elite.

    Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine and Belarus turned into a Polish colony, the local elite was replaced by the Polish elite

    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility. There was not much replacement. Much of the native elite converted to Catholicism but maintained their Rus identity.

    Did you know that the supreme commander of Rzeczpospolita forces against Muscovy was a Rurikid prince, Konstanty Ostrogski?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstanty_Ostrogski

    Khmelyntski’s uprising was in essence a civil war of Ukrainian (Little Russian) peasants and lower nobles against Ukrainian magnates.

    Peasants were treated no more badly in Poland-Lithuania than under Moscow – they were treated about equally badly in both places; not much difference. But nobles were treated much better in Rzeczpospolita than under Moscow, and overall level of civilization was much higher. So the claim that “Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars” is nonsense unless you view everything as some sort of strict Orthodox nationalist.

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    Come to think of it, I don't recall a Rus town within Poland-Lithuania being treated as was Novgorod by Ivan the Terrible. Etc.

    But he was Orthodox, so his rule was much better.

    , @melanf

    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility.
     
    Turned into Catholics and poles (Jeremi Wiśniowiecki - vivid example). They hated and despised their Orthodox ex-countrymen, . It was a foreign, colonial elite.

    Much of the native elite converted to Catholicism but maintained their Rus identity.
     
    It was impossible in the middle ages. "Ethnic" identity separating the poles from the "Russian" was religious in nature
    , @Philip Owen
    Didn't Khlemnitski (I see so many spellings), sell peasants by the tens of thousands to his Tartar allies to finance the war? Cossacks and peasants did not love each other.
  71. AP says:
    @AP

    Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine and Belarus turned into a Polish colony, the local elite was replaced by the Polish elite
     
    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility. There was not much replacement. Much of the native elite converted to Catholicism but maintained their Rus identity.

    Did you know that the supreme commander of Rzeczpospolita forces against Muscovy was a Rurikid prince, Konstanty Ostrogski?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstanty_Ostrogski

    Khmelyntski's uprising was in essence a civil war of Ukrainian (Little Russian) peasants and lower nobles against Ukrainian magnates.

    Peasants were treated no more badly in Poland-Lithuania than under Moscow - they were treated about equally badly in both places; not much difference. But nobles were treated much better in Rzeczpospolita than under Moscow, and overall level of civilization was much higher. So the claim that "Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars" is nonsense unless you view everything as some sort of strict Orthodox nationalist.

    Come to think of it, I don’t recall a Rus town within Poland-Lithuania being treated as was Novgorod by Ivan the Terrible. Etc.

    But he was Orthodox, so his rule was much better.

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    Come to think of it, I don’t recall a Rus town within Poland-Lithuania being treated as was Novgorod by Ivan the Terrible.
     
    «In a modern democratic journalism (in Russia) widespread idea that these actions of Ivan IV turned out to be extremely destructive for the country, as sent her on her way, different from that which was moving the developed countries of Western Europe. However, it is expected that the emerging Russia's "estates society" was to be "estates society" it is of the type that existed in France or in England, and which was characterized by a certain balance of interests between a strong national authority and Autonomous classes, providing the optimum way of development of society. But could emerge "caste society" of this kind in sparsely populated agrarian country with a few cities network, of which the vast majority were not any major centers of Handicrafts and trade? Much more likely that the Russian "estates society" would be close to that type of "estates society" that has developed in the XV—XVI centuries in the countries of Central Europe, where the level of urbanization was much lower than in Western Europe.
    For this type of "estates society" was characterized by the omnipotence of the nobility, which, ousted from active participation in the political life of the urban class and sharply limiting the power of the monarch, took directly into the hands of their representatives, many functions of government-oriented public policy for the maintenance of their immediate class interests. In an era when the governments of the countries of Western Europe encouraged the development of craft and industry, the nobles who have mastered the state power in the countries of Central Europe, encouraged the export to their countries for cheap foreign goods, which they spent less money. Such a policy, of course, contributed to a growing backlog of Central European countries to Western Europe. Added to that a sharp limitation of the power of the monarch, of course, excluded the possibility of such treatment of his subjects, as in case of Ivan IV, however, the weakening of the role of the monarch as Supreme arbiter in relations between the classes and the separate groups within the ruling nobility led to the fact that, in practice, he not proved a reliable guarantor of all those rights which the law generously provided members of the nobility. The result is a large and influential magnate could easily deal with any of their smaller neighbors, not fear that he will be responsible.
    About this practice Russian people of that time were known, and in their eyes "estates society" of Central European countries is not a role model. In the early seventeenth century, when not a role model. In the early seventeenth century, when during the time of Troubles there was a possibility of development of Russia in the Polish way, a Polish nobleman Samuel Maskevich recorded such statements of his Russian interlocutor: "Your liberty good for you, and are not good for us, because your freedom... it's anarchy. We know... what you have in Poland, the strongest oppress the weak, the strong could take from weak property and to kill him , and because of your law, weak have to seek justice many years before [the case] will be completed and possibly will not end never. We have... the richest Lord can not do anything to the poorest , because after the first complaints, the tsar will destroy him". Finally, it should be noted that, by limiting the power of the monarch, the nobility at the same time tried to minimize the public spending, discouraging the expansion apparatus and to increase the army to keep in its hands the income from his own estates. In the future, this policy led to the weakening of the state, his inability to confront emerging in the neighborhood of absolutist monarchies.
    »

    Boris Florea IVAN THE TERRIBLE http://e-libra.ru/read/202805-ivan-groznyj.html

  72. melanf says:
    @AP

    Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine and Belarus turned into a Polish colony, the local elite was replaced by the Polish elite
     
    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility. There was not much replacement. Much of the native elite converted to Catholicism but maintained their Rus identity.

    Did you know that the supreme commander of Rzeczpospolita forces against Muscovy was a Rurikid prince, Konstanty Ostrogski?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstanty_Ostrogski

    Khmelyntski's uprising was in essence a civil war of Ukrainian (Little Russian) peasants and lower nobles against Ukrainian magnates.

    Peasants were treated no more badly in Poland-Lithuania than under Moscow - they were treated about equally badly in both places; not much difference. But nobles were treated much better in Rzeczpospolita than under Moscow, and overall level of civilization was much higher. So the claim that "Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars" is nonsense unless you view everything as some sort of strict Orthodox nationalist.

    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility.

    Turned into Catholics and poles (Jeremi Wiśniowiecki – vivid example). They hated and despised their Orthodox ex-countrymen, . It was a foreign, colonial elite.

    Much of the native elite converted to Catholicism but maintained their Rus identity.

    It was impossible in the middle ages. “Ethnic” identity separating the poles from the “Russian” was religious in nature

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    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility.

    Turned into Catholics and poles (Jeremi Wiśniowiecki – vivid example)
     

    They always retained their identity as Rus lords (gente Rutheni, natione Poloni). Language was irrelevant. Do you believe that those modern Ukrainians who speak Russian have become foreigners because their speech is that of Great Russia rather than Little Russia? Were French-speaking aristocrats foreigners? Moreover, both sides in the conflict between Rus magnates and Rus petty gentry (leading Rus peasants) spoke Polish and Latin.

    They hated and despised their Orthodox ex-countrymen
     
    Nonsense. Adam Kysil, who negotiated on behalf of the Commonwealth with Khmelnytsky, and was a Senator of the Commonwealth, Voivoda of Kiev, and was an Orthodox. In various wars against the Ottomans and Moscow, Orthodox and Catholics fought side by side. Indeed, as I had mentioned, further back - Konstanty Ostrogski, Supreme Commander of Polish-Lithuanian forces in the war against Moscow, was an Orthodox, who built many Orthodox Churches.

    Even Jeremi Wisniowecki, despite converting to Catholicism, continued to fund the Orthodox Collegium in Kiev. You are confusing class conflict with ethnic hatred.


    It was a foreign, colonial elite.
     
    Strange to call someone foreign if his family had ruled the same area for centuries. As a Rurikid, Jeremi Wiśniowiecki (who was baptized into the Orthodox faith but converted as an adult) was ultimately of Scandinavian origin of course, but by the 17th century these people could hardly be considered foreign. Nor was he "colonial" - like other Rus princes/magnates he was wealthier than most ethnic Poles, and his son even attained the Polish throne. He was a proud native, wanting to hold power over his lands at the expense of petty gentry who actually hoped for help from the king in Poland..
  73. Has anyone seen today’s “dramatic” entry of Saakaschvilli into Ukraine?

    He was brought in “on the shoulders” of the ultra-patriots as if he is a savior of Ukraine, although the guy is ethnic Georgian, can speak only Russian, did nothing during his term as a governor, is indicted in his country for something, started a war that was lost with loss of 1/4 of Georgian sovereign territory, not to mention the loss of life, and so on.

    A cynic, and I sincerely wouldn’t like to be that cynic, would say that history with the “come rule over us” plea repeats itself, this time as a farce, of course.

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    He was brought in “on the shoulders” of the ultra-patriots as if he is a savior of Ukraine
     
    Nah. A bunch of politicians trying to replace Poroshenko organized a farcical show - precisely because Saakashvili got no chance to compete against them.
  74. melanf says:
    @AP
    Come to think of it, I don't recall a Rus town within Poland-Lithuania being treated as was Novgorod by Ivan the Terrible. Etc.

    But he was Orthodox, so his rule was much better.

    Come to think of it, I don’t recall a Rus town within Poland-Lithuania being treated as was Novgorod by Ivan the Terrible.

    «In a modern democratic journalism (in Russia) widespread idea that these actions of Ivan IV turned out to be extremely destructive for the country, as sent her on her way, different from that which was moving the developed countries of Western Europe. However, it is expected that the emerging Russia’s “estates society” was to be “estates society” it is of the type that existed in France or in England, and which was characterized by a certain balance of interests between a strong national authority and Autonomous classes, providing the optimum way of development of society. But could emerge “caste society” of this kind in sparsely populated agrarian country with a few cities network, of which the vast majority were not any major centers of Handicrafts and trade? Much more likely that the Russian “estates society” would be close to that type of “estates society” that has developed in the XV—XVI centuries in the countries of Central Europe, where the level of urbanization was much lower than in Western Europe.
    For this type of “estates society” was characterized by the omnipotence of the nobility, which, ousted from active participation in the political life of the urban class and sharply limiting the power of the monarch, took directly into the hands of their representatives, many functions of government-oriented public policy for the maintenance of their immediate class interests. In an era when the governments of the countries of Western Europe encouraged the development of craft and industry, the nobles who have mastered the state power in the countries of Central Europe, encouraged the export to their countries for cheap foreign goods, which they spent less money. Such a policy, of course, contributed to a growing backlog of Central European countries to Western Europe. Added to that a sharp limitation of the power of the monarch, of course, excluded the possibility of such treatment of his subjects, as in case of Ivan IV, however, the weakening of the role of the monarch as Supreme arbiter in relations between the classes and the separate groups within the ruling nobility led to the fact that, in practice, he not proved a reliable guarantor of all those rights which the law generously provided members of the nobility. The result is a large and influential magnate could easily deal with any of their smaller neighbors, not fear that he will be responsible.
    About this practice Russian people of that time were known, and in their eyes “estates society” of Central European countries is not a role model. In the early seventeenth century, when not a role model. In the early seventeenth century, when during the time of Troubles there was a possibility of development of Russia in the Polish way, a Polish nobleman Samuel Maskevich recorded such statements of his Russian interlocutor: “Your liberty good for you, and are not good for us, because your freedom… it’s anarchy. We know… what you have in Poland, the strongest oppress the weak, the strong could take from weak property and to kill him , and because of your law, weak have to seek justice many years before [the case] will be completed and possibly will not end never. We have… the richest Lord can not do anything to the poorest , because after the first complaints, the tsar will destroy him”. Finally, it should be noted that, by limiting the power of the monarch, the nobility at the same time tried to minimize the public spending, discouraging the expansion apparatus and to increase the army to keep in its hands the income from his own estates. In the future, this policy led to the weakening of the state, his inability to confront emerging in the neighborhood of absolutist monarchies.
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    Boris Florea IVAN THE TERRIBLE http://e-libra.ru/read/202805-ivan-groznyj.html

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    Nice words. But explain to me please - was the serf actually better off under the tsars, than under the Rus nobles in the Commonwealth, or not? Wiki claims " one of the reasons Catherine II gave for the partition of Poland was the fact that thousands of peasants escaped from Russia to Poland to seek a better fate.". Is this false? Actual slavery was not abolished in Russia until 1723; in Poland it had disappeared a few centuries earlier.

    And again - did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?

    You are saying that Moscow's rule was "much much better" but there does not appear to be concrete evidence of it. No concrete evidence that the universally oppressed peasants actually lived more poorly or were treated worse in the Commonwealth than in Muscovy. But evidence that nobles lived better in the Commonwealth, and that rule was less brutal (i.e.., no mass destruction of towns, no oprichnina [secret police brutally hounding and killing people]). So on balance - the claim that life was "much much better" under the Tsar doesn't hold up.
  75. AP says:
    @melanf

    Come to think of it, I don’t recall a Rus town within Poland-Lithuania being treated as was Novgorod by Ivan the Terrible.
     
    «In a modern democratic journalism (in Russia) widespread idea that these actions of Ivan IV turned out to be extremely destructive for the country, as sent her on her way, different from that which was moving the developed countries of Western Europe. However, it is expected that the emerging Russia's "estates society" was to be "estates society" it is of the type that existed in France or in England, and which was characterized by a certain balance of interests between a strong national authority and Autonomous classes, providing the optimum way of development of society. But could emerge "caste society" of this kind in sparsely populated agrarian country with a few cities network, of which the vast majority were not any major centers of Handicrafts and trade? Much more likely that the Russian "estates society" would be close to that type of "estates society" that has developed in the XV—XVI centuries in the countries of Central Europe, where the level of urbanization was much lower than in Western Europe.
    For this type of "estates society" was characterized by the omnipotence of the nobility, which, ousted from active participation in the political life of the urban class and sharply limiting the power of the monarch, took directly into the hands of their representatives, many functions of government-oriented public policy for the maintenance of their immediate class interests. In an era when the governments of the countries of Western Europe encouraged the development of craft and industry, the nobles who have mastered the state power in the countries of Central Europe, encouraged the export to their countries for cheap foreign goods, which they spent less money. Such a policy, of course, contributed to a growing backlog of Central European countries to Western Europe. Added to that a sharp limitation of the power of the monarch, of course, excluded the possibility of such treatment of his subjects, as in case of Ivan IV, however, the weakening of the role of the monarch as Supreme arbiter in relations between the classes and the separate groups within the ruling nobility led to the fact that, in practice, he not proved a reliable guarantor of all those rights which the law generously provided members of the nobility. The result is a large and influential magnate could easily deal with any of their smaller neighbors, not fear that he will be responsible.
    About this practice Russian people of that time were known, and in their eyes "estates society" of Central European countries is not a role model. In the early seventeenth century, when not a role model. In the early seventeenth century, when during the time of Troubles there was a possibility of development of Russia in the Polish way, a Polish nobleman Samuel Maskevich recorded such statements of his Russian interlocutor: "Your liberty good for you, and are not good for us, because your freedom... it's anarchy. We know... what you have in Poland, the strongest oppress the weak, the strong could take from weak property and to kill him , and because of your law, weak have to seek justice many years before [the case] will be completed and possibly will not end never. We have... the richest Lord can not do anything to the poorest , because after the first complaints, the tsar will destroy him". Finally, it should be noted that, by limiting the power of the monarch, the nobility at the same time tried to minimize the public spending, discouraging the expansion apparatus and to increase the army to keep in its hands the income from his own estates. In the future, this policy led to the weakening of the state, his inability to confront emerging in the neighborhood of absolutist monarchies.
    »

    Boris Florea IVAN THE TERRIBLE http://e-libra.ru/read/202805-ivan-groznyj.html

    Nice words. But explain to me please – was the serf actually better off under the tsars, than under the Rus nobles in the Commonwealth, or not? Wiki claims ” one of the reasons Catherine II gave for the partition of Poland was the fact that thousands of peasants escaped from Russia to Poland to seek a better fate.”. Is this false? Actual slavery was not abolished in Russia until 1723; in Poland it had disappeared a few centuries earlier.

    And again – did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?

    You are saying that Moscow’s rule was “much much better” but there does not appear to be concrete evidence of it. No concrete evidence that the universally oppressed peasants actually lived more poorly or were treated worse in the Commonwealth than in Muscovy. But evidence that nobles lived better in the Commonwealth, and that rule was less brutal (i.e.., no mass destruction of towns, no oprichnina [secret police brutally hounding and killing people]). So on balance – the claim that life was “much much better” under the Tsar doesn’t hold up.

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    But explain to me please – was the serf actually better off under the tsars, than under the Rus nobles in the Commonwealth, or not?
     
    As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    1) in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.


    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite - Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc. In the Polish lands the descendants of the proud people of Kievan Rus fed the alien elite - Polish composer Oginski, the Polish poet Nemtsevich etc.

    No concrete evidence that the universally oppressed peasants actually lived more poorly or were treated worse in the Commonwealth than in Muscovy
     
    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the "Polish" lands (after Partitions) were shorter then "great-russian" recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of "Polish" serfs).
    , @melanf

    And again – did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?
     
    Stefan Czarnecki died from a gunshot wound received at the siege of rebellious town Stavishche. Czarnecki ordered to kill all the residents of Stavishche, regardless of gender and age.
    , @melanf

    And again – did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?
     
    Stefan Czarnecki died from a gunshot wound received at the siege of rebellious town Stavishche. Czarnecki ordered to kill all the residents of Stavishche, regardless of gender and age.
  76. AP says:
    @melanf

    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility.
     
    Turned into Catholics and poles (Jeremi Wiśniowiecki - vivid example). They hated and despised their Orthodox ex-countrymen, . It was a foreign, colonial elite.

    Much of the native elite converted to Catholicism but maintained their Rus identity.
     
    It was impossible in the middle ages. "Ethnic" identity separating the poles from the "Russian" was religious in nature

    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility.

    Turned into Catholics and poles (Jeremi Wiśniowiecki – vivid example)

    They always retained their identity as Rus lords (gente Rutheni, natione Poloni). Language was irrelevant. Do you believe that those modern Ukrainians who speak Russian have become foreigners because their speech is that of Great Russia rather than Little Russia? Were French-speaking aristocrats foreigners? Moreover, both sides in the conflict between Rus magnates and Rus petty gentry (leading Rus peasants) spoke Polish and Latin.

    They hated and despised their Orthodox ex-countrymen

    Nonsense. Adam Kysil, who negotiated on behalf of the Commonwealth with Khmelnytsky, and was a Senator of the Commonwealth, Voivoda of Kiev, and was an Orthodox. In various wars against the Ottomans and Moscow, Orthodox and Catholics fought side by side. Indeed, as I had mentioned, further back – Konstanty Ostrogski, Supreme Commander of Polish-Lithuanian forces in the war against Moscow, was an Orthodox, who built many Orthodox Churches.

    Even Jeremi Wisniowecki, despite converting to Catholicism, continued to fund the Orthodox Collegium in Kiev. You are confusing class conflict with ethnic hatred.

    It was a foreign, colonial elite.

    Strange to call someone foreign if his family had ruled the same area for centuries. As a Rurikid, Jeremi Wiśniowiecki (who was baptized into the Orthodox faith but converted as an adult) was ultimately of Scandinavian origin of course, but by the 17th century these people could hardly be considered foreign. Nor was he “colonial” – like other Rus princes/magnates he was wealthier than most ethnic Poles, and his son even attained the Polish throne. He was a proud native, wanting to hold power over his lands at the expense of petty gentry who actually hoped for help from the king in Poland..

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  77. melanf says:
    @AP
    Nice words. But explain to me please - was the serf actually better off under the tsars, than under the Rus nobles in the Commonwealth, or not? Wiki claims " one of the reasons Catherine II gave for the partition of Poland was the fact that thousands of peasants escaped from Russia to Poland to seek a better fate.". Is this false? Actual slavery was not abolished in Russia until 1723; in Poland it had disappeared a few centuries earlier.

    And again - did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?

    You are saying that Moscow's rule was "much much better" but there does not appear to be concrete evidence of it. No concrete evidence that the universally oppressed peasants actually lived more poorly or were treated worse in the Commonwealth than in Muscovy. But evidence that nobles lived better in the Commonwealth, and that rule was less brutal (i.e.., no mass destruction of towns, no oprichnina [secret police brutally hounding and killing people]). So on balance - the claim that life was "much much better" under the Tsar doesn't hold up.

    But explain to me please – was the serf actually better off under the tsars, than under the Rus nobles in the Commonwealth, or not?

    As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    1) in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.

    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite – Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc. In the Polish lands the descendants of the proud people of Kievan Rus fed the alien elite – Polish composer Oginski, the Polish poet Nemtsevich etc.

    No concrete evidence that the universally oppressed peasants actually lived more poorly or were treated worse in the Commonwealth than in Muscovy

    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the “Polish” lands (after Partitions) were shorter then “great-russian” recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of “Polish” serfs).

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    1) As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression
     
    Serfs were still mostly Orthodox or Uniate (in which case they didn't feel much of a difference). They were not pogromed or persecuted for being Orthodox. Catholic serfs weren't treated any better.

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)
     
    Which amounted to the same thing. In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.

    Also - in many Rus lands, serfdom was lighter than in Poland, in order to attract peasant settlers.

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.
     
    Russia is a larger country and Rus lands in Ukraine were simply closer to the Tatars. But Tatars raided lands under Moscow plenty of times:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean%E2%80%93Nogai_raids_into_East_Slavic_lands#List_of_raids

    1521: In the summer of 1521 the Crimean Khan Mehmed Giray I led a huge Tatar horde on a major attack on Russia...According to the Ostrog Chronicle Muhammmed Giray "took more than 300,000 captives from Moscow." Sigismund von Herberstein wrote that the Crimean Khan "took away from Muscovy so many prisoners, it seems unbelievable. For they say that their number exceeded 800,000. He sold part of they to the Turks in the Caffa, others he slaughtered, such as the elderly and the infirm, who could not be sold for a high price and were unfit for labor and difficult to transport. These they gave to the young men like rabbits to hunting dogs for their first military practice. [I suspect the number is exaggerated]

    1571: Moscow burned; more than 30 cities looted, about 60,000 captives

    1592: In spring 80,000 Crimeans under Feti Giray and Bakht Giray went to Tula, Mikhailov, Dedilov, Venyov, Kashira and Ryazan and "took such a multitude of prisoners that the old people do not remember such wars." Using speed and surprise, the Tatars ravaged the regions close to the border and took many prisoners.

    Etc.

    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite – Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc
     
    From the perspective of the peasant - did it matter if a Russian lord forced him to work 4 days a week, forced his daughter to be a concubine, etc. or if a Polish lord did this?

    The Commonwealth ceased to exist at the time Pushkin and Glinka were writing. However, the Kiev Academy was probably the intellectual center of the Rus lands when it was part of the Commonwealth The Commonwealth produced the first printed Orthodox Church Slavonic Bible (in Lviv).

    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the “Polish” lands (after Partitions) were shorter then “great-russian” recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of “Polish” serfs).
     
    Page 93 has a list of recruit heights. There isn't much difference between enserfed Polish and Russian areas. The shortest recruits were from the Urals. Earlier page lists height of recruits ethnicity 1801-1861; Poles and Russians were the same height.
    , @AP
    Found some info on Russian vs. Polish serfdom.

    Pg. 18. The book described several ways in which Russian serfdom was harsher (earlier in the 18th century Poland implemented some reforms):

    1. Polish serfs were actually tied to the land, while Russian ones could be sent away to Siberia, rented out, or given away (not in the source, but I recall some factories being operated by serfs)/

    2. According to the Commonwealth laws, serf work obligation was calculated based on size of land plots, Russian on number of peasants. So as land plots decreased, peasants were forced to give more to the lord on less land per peasant, leaving less for themselves.

    3. In Russia peasants could not complain against their lords.

    4. Switch to Russian rule meant increase in compulsory work by peasants.
  78. melanf says:
    @AP
    Nice words. But explain to me please - was the serf actually better off under the tsars, than under the Rus nobles in the Commonwealth, or not? Wiki claims " one of the reasons Catherine II gave for the partition of Poland was the fact that thousands of peasants escaped from Russia to Poland to seek a better fate.". Is this false? Actual slavery was not abolished in Russia until 1723; in Poland it had disappeared a few centuries earlier.

    And again - did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?

    You are saying that Moscow's rule was "much much better" but there does not appear to be concrete evidence of it. No concrete evidence that the universally oppressed peasants actually lived more poorly or were treated worse in the Commonwealth than in Muscovy. But evidence that nobles lived better in the Commonwealth, and that rule was less brutal (i.e.., no mass destruction of towns, no oprichnina [secret police brutally hounding and killing people]). So on balance - the claim that life was "much much better" under the Tsar doesn't hold up.

    And again – did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?

    Stefan Czarnecki died from a gunshot wound received at the siege of rebellious town Stavishche. Czarnecki ordered to kill all the residents of Stavishche, regardless of gender and age.

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  79. melanf says:
    @AP
    Nice words. But explain to me please - was the serf actually better off under the tsars, than under the Rus nobles in the Commonwealth, or not? Wiki claims " one of the reasons Catherine II gave for the partition of Poland was the fact that thousands of peasants escaped from Russia to Poland to seek a better fate.". Is this false? Actual slavery was not abolished in Russia until 1723; in Poland it had disappeared a few centuries earlier.

    And again - did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?

    You are saying that Moscow's rule was "much much better" but there does not appear to be concrete evidence of it. No concrete evidence that the universally oppressed peasants actually lived more poorly or were treated worse in the Commonwealth than in Muscovy. But evidence that nobles lived better in the Commonwealth, and that rule was less brutal (i.e.., no mass destruction of towns, no oprichnina [secret police brutally hounding and killing people]). So on balance - the claim that life was "much much better" under the Tsar doesn't hold up.

    And again – did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?

    Stefan Czarnecki died from a gunshot wound received at the siege of rebellious town Stavishche. Czarnecki ordered to kill all the residents of Stavishche, regardless of gender and age.

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    Stavishche was a small town whose residents were slaughtered after their Cossacks had first slaughtered the Polish soldiers stationed there, after the town had earlier been spared.

    Novgorod was a major and historical city, the third largest under Moscow. The brutality it and the surrounding region experienced was incredible:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Novgorod#Ivan_in_Novgorod

    So - things were "much much better" for Rus people under the Tsar?
  80. melanf says:

    They (converted to Catholicism Russian princes) always retained their identity as Rus lords (gente Rutheni, natione Poloni). Language was irrelevant.

    !!!

    If language and religion don’t matter, the dispute impossible.
    Brief summary: in the lands of “Kievan Rus” conquered by the Lithuanians (and then given to the poles), the nobility abandoned their own religion and their own language, and began to consider themselves part of the “natione Poloni”. This nobles oppressed the peasants, who retained their language and their religion

    At the same time in the lands of “Kievan Rus” which retained its independence under the rule of Moscow, the nobility completely retained their own religion and language.

    Which option should be considered preferable? It’s a matter of taste of course, but to me the second option seems preferable

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    If language and religion don’t matter, the dispute impossible.
     
    People are native whatever language or religion they choose.

    Brief summary: in the lands of “Kievan Rus” conquered by the Lithuanians (and then given to the poles), the nobility abandoned their own religion and their own language
     
    Catholic religion is universal. There were German Catholics, French Catholics, and Rus Catholics.

    As for language - like later educated Russian nobles who spoke French, these Rus nobles spoke Polish and Latin among themselves, Rusyn to their servants. This did not mean they ceased to consider themselves to be Rus or natives of their own lands.

    and began to consider themselves part of the “natione Poloni”.
     
    I quoted the entire phrase. Why do you write a half-truth? Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni. Rus people of the Polish nation. "Polish" was not understood in those times as in the 20th century.

    At the same time in the lands of “Kievan Rus” which retained its independence under the rule of Moscow, the nobility completely retained their own religion and language.
     
    There was a time when they spoke Tatar, according to Vernadsky. And eventually they moved on to French.

    Which option should be considered preferable? It’s a matter of taste of course, but to me the second option seems preferable
     
    You wrote, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars.

    Rus people lived about as miserably if they were peasants, no matter who ruled over them. But Rus nobles and townspeople had better lives, were less oppressed, and enjoyed more rights than did their peers under the Tatars' and the Tsars. So overall the statement "Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars" is false.
  81. AP says:
    @melanf

    But explain to me please – was the serf actually better off under the tsars, than under the Rus nobles in the Commonwealth, or not?
     
    As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    1) in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.


    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite - Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc. In the Polish lands the descendants of the proud people of Kievan Rus fed the alien elite - Polish composer Oginski, the Polish poet Nemtsevich etc.

    No concrete evidence that the universally oppressed peasants actually lived more poorly or were treated worse in the Commonwealth than in Muscovy
     
    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the "Polish" lands (after Partitions) were shorter then "great-russian" recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of "Polish" serfs).

    1) As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression

    Serfs were still mostly Orthodox or Uniate (in which case they didn’t feel much of a difference). They were not pogromed or persecuted for being Orthodox. Catholic serfs weren’t treated any better.

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)

    Which amounted to the same thing. In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.

    Also – in many Rus lands, serfdom was lighter than in Poland, in order to attract peasant settlers.

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.

    Russia is a larger country and Rus lands in Ukraine were simply closer to the Tatars. But Tatars raided lands under Moscow plenty of times:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean%E2%80%93Nogai_raids_into_East_Slavic_lands#List_of_raids

    1521: In the summer of 1521 the Crimean Khan Mehmed Giray I led a huge Tatar horde on a major attack on Russia…According to the Ostrog Chronicle Muhammmed Giray “took more than 300,000 captives from Moscow.” Sigismund von Herberstein wrote that the Crimean Khan “took away from Muscovy so many prisoners, it seems unbelievable. For they say that their number exceeded 800,000. He sold part of they to the Turks in the Caffa, others he slaughtered, such as the elderly and the infirm, who could not be sold for a high price and were unfit for labor and difficult to transport. These they gave to the young men like rabbits to hunting dogs for their first military practice. [I suspect the number is exaggerated]

    1571: Moscow burned; more than 30 cities looted, about 60,000 captives

    1592: In spring 80,000 Crimeans under Feti Giray and Bakht Giray went to Tula, Mikhailov, Dedilov, Venyov, Kashira and Ryazan and “took such a multitude of prisoners that the old people do not remember such wars.” Using speed and surprise, the Tatars ravaged the regions close to the border and took many prisoners.

    Etc.

    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite – Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc

    From the perspective of the peasant – did it matter if a Russian lord forced him to work 4 days a week, forced his daughter to be a concubine, etc. or if a Polish lord did this?

    The Commonwealth ceased to exist at the time Pushkin and Glinka were writing. However, the Kiev Academy was probably the intellectual center of the Rus lands when it was part of the Commonwealth The Commonwealth produced the first printed Orthodox Church Slavonic Bible (in Lviv).

    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the “Polish” lands (after Partitions) were shorter then “great-russian” recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of “Polish” serfs).

    Page 93 has a list of recruit heights. There isn’t much difference between enserfed Polish and Russian areas. The shortest recruits were from the Urals. Earlier page lists height of recruits ethnicity 1801-1861; Poles and Russians were the same height.

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    In the discussion there are two issues

    1) I would argue that "Western Russian" land, because of the Lithuanian conquest had become a Polish colony, and the population forcibly deprived of their own culture and history, and turned into a source of income for foreign (Polish) elite. You dispute that claim

    2) the Question about where peasants lived in the West Russian lands under the rule of Poland, or in the "Moscow" lands.

    It's two separate issues, not related to each other. I will answer your statements on the first issue (which was my point), and then we can discuss on the second question (the question is interesting but not directly associated with the first or questions).
    , @melanf
    Discuss the main question (on other points I will write the answer later, in order to debate is not drowned in minor matters)


    If language and religion don’t matter, the dispute impossible.
     
    People are native whatever language or religion they choose.

    Brief summary: in the lands of “Kievan Rus” conquered by the Lithuanians (and then given to the poles), the nobility abandoned their own religion and their own language
     
    Catholic religion is universal. There were German Catholics, French Catholics, and Rus Catholics.
     
    In the middle ages, "Russian Catholics" could not exist. Ruthenian nobility converted to Catholicism lost their language, their culture, their history and became Polish. Likewise, the Greeks and Serbs converted to Islam became the Ottoman Turks.

    «Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni» (all these Ogiński, Vishnevetski and other) became poles without any reservations.. They despised and hated their Orthodox ex-compatriots, and sought to destroy them by forcing assimilation.

    For example, S. M. Plokhy in book, "The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus" (I guess from this book you quoted «Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni»?) writes

    «The Orthodox Ruthenian nobility, which was otherwise part of the political class of the Commonwealth and generally shared the way of life and ideals of the noble estate, was often prepared to abandon its ancestral religion when faced with discrimination
    on religious grounds. In 1673, the Orthodox of the Commonwealth were prohibited from acquiring noble status. In 1717 and 1733, religious dissenters (i.e Orthodox) were banned from participating in Diets. Under these circumstances, the Orthodox nobles preferred to join the dominant Roman Catholic Church. They bypassed the Uniate “purgatory,” leaving the non-noble segments of the Ruthenian community to suffer there. .. The identity of the Ruthenian nobility of the period has yet to be studied in depth, but it is clear that in the eighteen century most of its members joined the Polish Lithuanian “nation” not only in political but also in religious, linguistic, and cultural terms ….being true members of the new Polish nation.
    Ruthenian burghers also could not avoid discrimination on the part of the Polish-Lithuanian state and society. In 1699 Orthodox burghers were prohibited from holding council offices in the royal towns…. The royal decree of 1572 that granted the Lviv Ruthenians equal rights with Polish Catholics was largely ignored by the city council, which argued that the decree contravened the city’s rights and privileges. The conversion of the Lviv Orthodox community to the Union in1709… changed nothing. Religion (or, rather, rite) continued to bar the Lviv Ruthenians from civic office. The Ruthenians continued to be called a “nation” (natio) in royal privileges and civic decrees, a designation that usually set them apart from the Polish Catholic majority and, in their opinion, implied discrimination. In 1749 the Ruthenian members of the (now Uniate) brotherhood complained that the city council, in denying them the right to hold civic office, was “alienating itself from us, calling us a ‘nation’ and not incorporated persons equal to itself.” Ironically, the discrimination of which the Lviv Ruthenian community complained (it included nobles as well as burghers) helped preserve a strong sense of distinct Ruthenian identity – the same identity that Ruthenian nobles who did not belong to religious brotherhoods were losing at an alarming rate. …Among the major factors that contributed to the Polonization of the Ruthenian elites was the decline in the use of the Ruthenian language. In 1696, when the Commonwealth Diet adopted a resolution making the use of Polish obligatory in jurisprudence and administration, the nobility of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania submitted a proposal to the Diet to introduce Polish instead of Ruthenian as the language of the local courts. The proposal was one of a number of petitions intended to extend the rights possessed by the nobility of the Kingdom of Poland to their peersin the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Thus the equalization of noble rights in the Commonwealth went hand in hand with linguistic and cultural Polonization… By the end of the seventeenth century, the higher and elementary education of the children of Ruthenian nobles and burghers was largely in the hands of the Jesuits….. While Orthodox Ruthenians were not barred from attending Jesuit-run colleges, they had difficulty in maintaining their religion while enrolled there. That was certainly the case at Lviv University, where in the late seventeenth century the Orthodox were allowed to take only one year of philosophy and barred from other courses unless they converted to the Union. In 1725 Orthodox students were denied housing at the university. Similar practices were adopted in other educational institutions of the region. By the mid-eighteenth century… the Jesuits began teaching Polish history in their colleges. They were not only educating young Ruthenians but also turning them into political, religious, and cultural Poles…the Ruthenian language was squeezed out of the public sphere….

    Roman Catholicism was closely linked not only to Polish identity bu talso to the nobiliary stratum,since it was often Polish or Polonized nobles who encouraged the conversion of their Ruthenian subjects to Catholicism–a process that the latter regarded as a transformation from Ruthenian to Polish identity.“Andri Basiiin Ostriv,”reported a Uniate priest in 1763, “who was taken to the lord’s household, turned from a Ruthenian into a Pole at the instigation of people from the lord’s household. Ilko Pekara in Chernytsia turned from a Ruthenian into a Pole at the lord’s command.”…

    These processes (carried out with the direct approval and support of all these Ogiński, and Vishnevetski) are called ethnocide. For the existence of a separate people (with their culture and history), this is the worst option (only worse option - the direct extremination).

    So Yes - Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much much much worse than Tatars.

    , @melanf

    In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.
     
    Let's compare. In the 16th century Tsardom of Russia is no serfdom. In Poland/Lithuania serfdom legalized. In the 17th century in Tsardom of Russia introduced serfdom, but it is relatively soft, serfdom almost absent. In Poland/Lithuania is booming corvee system - Polish serfs sometimes were required to work 6 days per week for their masters.

    In the 18th century serfdom in Russia was strengthened (at the same time, the percentage of serfs in the General population decreases and the percentage of free peasants is growing). In the southern regions of Russia (in the landlords estates) dominated a system of corvee (in corvee estates lived about 45% of serfs of “Great Russia”, while in the West Russian lands almost all the landlord estates used corvee). To 1770 corvee in Russia usually was 2 days a week. 5 apr. 1797 in Russia was issued the Manifesto of three-day corvee prohibiting landlords used the serfs more than 3 days per week in their fields

    In Poland was legalized:
    «A tendency of increase in Socage (Corvee) was universal.
    In Poland Corvee was first insignificant; according to the statutes of 1519 and 1529. serfs were required to work 1 day per week in the wheat fields of the landowner, that is 52 days a year. But by 1550 Corvee was increased to three days a week, and by 1600, up to six days per week .»

    Fernand Braudel Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. III

    In addition it is necessary to take into account the relative number of serfs. In 1858, within the boundaries of Muscovy, serfs accounted for 36% of the population (free peasants 45%). In the Ruthenian lands of the serfs and the percentage was higher (50-60%). Of course, the proportion of serfs has varied over time (in Russia it decreased from the time of Peter the Great), but I think in General, the percentage of free peasantry in “Great Russia” was higher than in Western Russian lands.


    That is, in General, in the Western Russian lands, serfdom was more severe. Of course you can find minor points on which the Polish serfs had the advantage (and it is possible to find minor points on which the Russian serfs had the advantage). But the situation as a whole is determined by the system of Corvee, which in Poland was much more brutal.


    Found some info on Russian vs. Polish serfdom.
    Pg. 18. The book described several ways in which Russian serfdom was harsher (earlier in the 18th century Poland implemented some reforms):
    1. Polish serfs were actually tied to the land, while Russian ones could be sent away to Siberia, rented out, or given away (not in the source, but I recall some factories being operated by serfs)/

     

    1 point refers to "lesser factors." Landlords could send peasants to Siberia, to trade them separately from the land, but these phenomena existed in homeopathic doses. At the same time, the peasants could escape from their landlords at any time, the process tacitly legitimized by the Tsar power (and severely constrained the landlords).

    2. According to the Commonwealth laws, serf work obligation was calculated based on size of land plots, Russian on number of peasants. So as land plots decreased, peasants were forced to give more to the lord on less land per peasant, leaving less for themselves..
     
    2 point is nonsense
    In Poland Commonwealth according to the statutes of 1600 serfs were required to work six days per week. That is legalized oppression of the peasant was almost unlimited

    3. In Russia peasants could not complain against their lords.
     
    3 point - an outright lie. Russian peasants could appeal to the court against their landlords (as in 1797, the peasants Komolowski estat around St. Petersburg have won a court case against their landlord)

    4. Switch to Russian rule meant increase in compulsory work by peasants..
     
    4 point in all probability is also an outright lie, but in any case this is out of the topic.
    , @melanf

    Russia is a larger country and Rus lands in Ukraine were simply closer to the Tatars. But Tatars raided lands under Moscow plenty of times:
     
    Of course, but in General, Moscow militarily were stronger. If you count all the wars with Poland/Lithuania: Russian realm 10 wars won and 3 lost.

    According to this, in General, the Moscow government is better
    defended his subjects from the enemy
  82. AP says:
    @melanf

    And again – did any Rus town in the Commonwealth experience what happened to Novgorod under the tsar?
     
    Stefan Czarnecki died from a gunshot wound received at the siege of rebellious town Stavishche. Czarnecki ordered to kill all the residents of Stavishche, regardless of gender and age.

    Stavishche was a small town whose residents were slaughtered after their Cossacks had first slaughtered the Polish soldiers stationed there, after the town had earlier been spared.

    Novgorod was a major and historical city, the third largest under Moscow. The brutality it and the surrounding region experienced was incredible:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Novgorod#Ivan_in_Novgorod

    So – things were “much much better” for Rus people under the Tsar?

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    Stavishche was a small town whose residents were slaughtered after their Cossacks had first slaughtered the Polish soldiers stationed there, after the town had earlier been spared.
    Novgorod was a major and historical city, the third largest under Moscow. The brutality it and the surrounding region experienced was incredible:
     
    In Novgorod, Ivan executed approximately 1,500 people. Czarnecki in some Stavishche probably destroyed more. And all victims of the Polish punitive expeditions to the "Ukraine", several orders of magnitude more
  83. AP says:
    @melanf

    They (converted to Catholicism Russian princes) always retained their identity as Rus lords (gente Rutheni, natione Poloni). Language was irrelevant.
     
    !!!

    If language and religion don't matter, the dispute impossible.
    Brief summary: in the lands of "Kievan Rus" conquered by the Lithuanians (and then given to the poles), the nobility abandoned their own religion and their own language, and began to consider themselves part of the "natione Poloni". This nobles oppressed the peasants, who retained their language and their religion

    At the same time in the lands of "Kievan Rus" which retained its independence under the rule of Moscow, the nobility completely retained their own religion and language.

    Which option should be considered preferable? It's a matter of taste of course, but to me the second option seems preferable

    If language and religion don’t matter, the dispute impossible.

    People are native whatever language or religion they choose.

    Brief summary: in the lands of “Kievan Rus” conquered by the Lithuanians (and then given to the poles), the nobility abandoned their own religion and their own language

    Catholic religion is universal. There were German Catholics, French Catholics, and Rus Catholics.

    As for language – like later educated Russian nobles who spoke French, these Rus nobles spoke Polish and Latin among themselves, Rusyn to their servants. This did not mean they ceased to consider themselves to be Rus or natives of their own lands.

    and began to consider themselves part of the “natione Poloni”.

    I quoted the entire phrase. Why do you write a half-truth? Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni. Rus people of the Polish nation. “Polish” was not understood in those times as in the 20th century.

    At the same time in the lands of “Kievan Rus” which retained its independence under the rule of Moscow, the nobility completely retained their own religion and language.

    There was a time when they spoke Tatar, according to Vernadsky. And eventually they moved on to French.

    Which option should be considered preferable? It’s a matter of taste of course, but to me the second option seems preferable

    You wrote, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars.

    Rus people lived about as miserably if they were peasants, no matter who ruled over them. But Rus nobles and townspeople had better lives, were less oppressed, and enjoyed more rights than did their peers under the Tatars’ and the Tsars. So overall the statement “Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars” is false.

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    At the same time in the lands of “Kievan Rus” which retained its independence under the rule of Moscow, the nobility completely retained their own religion and language.
     
    There was a time when they spoke Tatar, according to Vernadsky
     
    All surviving documents (Chronicles, wills, letters, religious literature) written in Russian. And please give the exact quote Vernadsky.

    And eventually they moved on to French.
     
    It is a myth. French, in any age owned a small minority of nobles.

    And most importantly, Pushkin (unlike most nobles) knew French, but wrote poems in the Russian language. Michał Kleofas Ogiński knew a Polish, and wrote in Polish. See the difference?
  84. @Simpleguest
    Has anyone seen today's "dramatic" entry of Saakaschvilli into Ukraine?

    He was brought in "on the shoulders" of the ultra-patriots as if he is a savior of Ukraine, although the guy is ethnic Georgian, can speak only Russian, did nothing during his term as a governor, is indicted in his country for something, started a war that was lost with loss of 1/4 of Georgian sovereign territory, not to mention the loss of life, and so on.

    A cynic, and I sincerely wouldn't like to be that cynic, would say that history with the "come rule over us" plea repeats itself, this time as a farce, of course.

    He was brought in “on the shoulders” of the ultra-patriots as if he is a savior of Ukraine

    Nah. A bunch of politicians trying to replace Poroshenko organized a farcical show – precisely because Saakashvili got no chance to compete against them.

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  85. AP says:
    @melanf

    But explain to me please – was the serf actually better off under the tsars, than under the Rus nobles in the Commonwealth, or not?
     
    As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    1) in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.


    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite - Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc. In the Polish lands the descendants of the proud people of Kievan Rus fed the alien elite - Polish composer Oginski, the Polish poet Nemtsevich etc.

    No concrete evidence that the universally oppressed peasants actually lived more poorly or were treated worse in the Commonwealth than in Muscovy
     
    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the "Polish" lands (after Partitions) were shorter then "great-russian" recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of "Polish" serfs).

    Found some info on Russian vs. Polish serfdom.

    Pg. 18. The book described several ways in which Russian serfdom was harsher (earlier in the 18th century Poland implemented some reforms):

    1. Polish serfs were actually tied to the land, while Russian ones could be sent away to Siberia, rented out, or given away (not in the source, but I recall some factories being operated by serfs)/

    2. According to the Commonwealth laws, serf work obligation was calculated based on size of land plots, Russian on number of peasants. So as land plots decreased, peasants were forced to give more to the lord on less land per peasant, leaving less for themselves.

    3. In Russia peasants could not complain against their lords.

    4. Switch to Russian rule meant increase in compulsory work by peasants.

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  86. melanf says:
    @AP

    1) As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression
     
    Serfs were still mostly Orthodox or Uniate (in which case they didn't feel much of a difference). They were not pogromed or persecuted for being Orthodox. Catholic serfs weren't treated any better.

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)
     
    Which amounted to the same thing. In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.

    Also - in many Rus lands, serfdom was lighter than in Poland, in order to attract peasant settlers.

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.
     
    Russia is a larger country and Rus lands in Ukraine were simply closer to the Tatars. But Tatars raided lands under Moscow plenty of times:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean%E2%80%93Nogai_raids_into_East_Slavic_lands#List_of_raids

    1521: In the summer of 1521 the Crimean Khan Mehmed Giray I led a huge Tatar horde on a major attack on Russia...According to the Ostrog Chronicle Muhammmed Giray "took more than 300,000 captives from Moscow." Sigismund von Herberstein wrote that the Crimean Khan "took away from Muscovy so many prisoners, it seems unbelievable. For they say that their number exceeded 800,000. He sold part of they to the Turks in the Caffa, others he slaughtered, such as the elderly and the infirm, who could not be sold for a high price and were unfit for labor and difficult to transport. These they gave to the young men like rabbits to hunting dogs for their first military practice. [I suspect the number is exaggerated]

    1571: Moscow burned; more than 30 cities looted, about 60,000 captives

    1592: In spring 80,000 Crimeans under Feti Giray and Bakht Giray went to Tula, Mikhailov, Dedilov, Venyov, Kashira and Ryazan and "took such a multitude of prisoners that the old people do not remember such wars." Using speed and surprise, the Tatars ravaged the regions close to the border and took many prisoners.

    Etc.

    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite – Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc
     
    From the perspective of the peasant - did it matter if a Russian lord forced him to work 4 days a week, forced his daughter to be a concubine, etc. or if a Polish lord did this?

    The Commonwealth ceased to exist at the time Pushkin and Glinka were writing. However, the Kiev Academy was probably the intellectual center of the Rus lands when it was part of the Commonwealth The Commonwealth produced the first printed Orthodox Church Slavonic Bible (in Lviv).

    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the “Polish” lands (after Partitions) were shorter then “great-russian” recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of “Polish” serfs).
     
    Page 93 has a list of recruit heights. There isn't much difference between enserfed Polish and Russian areas. The shortest recruits were from the Urals. Earlier page lists height of recruits ethnicity 1801-1861; Poles and Russians were the same height.

    In the discussion there are two issues

    1) I would argue that “Western Russian” land, because of the Lithuanian conquest had become a Polish colony, and the population forcibly deprived of their own culture and history, and turned into a source of income for foreign (Polish) elite. You dispute that claim

    2) the Question about where peasants lived in the West Russian lands under the rule of Poland, or in the “Moscow” lands.

    It’s two separate issues, not related to each other. I will answer your statements on the first issue (which was my point), and then we can discuss on the second question (the question is interesting but not directly associated with the first or questions).

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    1. Claim rests on the false premise that a Rus prince becomes a "foreigner" if his first language is no longer a Rus speech or if he is no longer Orthodox. As for "colony" - these Rus princes benefited themselves, not Warsaw, and indeed one of them even became Polish king. They pursued policies of self-enrichment and power-grabbing that actually led to the instability and ultimately destruction of the entire Commonwealth. They also made their lands the intellectual center of Rus world, rather than send everything to Warsaw (compare to what happened in these lands under Moscow and St. Petersburg - they became a cultural desert). This therefore could not be considered a colonial relationship with Warsaw (btw Ukrainian nationalists also like the false idea of the colonial occupation). As for "own culture and history" - there was their own fusion of Rus and Western culture. Cossack baroque architecture is an example. England having a French-speaking elite for centuries was somewhat analogous in this respect.

    2. Evidence shows that peasants lived poorly in both places.

    3. You forgot a third point - persecution and mistreatment by the government of the population was worse under Tatars and Moscow than within the Commonwealth. The Moscow Asiatic despot, on a whim (and not in the context of a war in which the townspeople fought against him, as in the example you cited), slaughtered much of the inhabitants, and the entire elite, of a major and historical Rus city and its environs. Rus people in the Commonwealth didn't have to worry about such random peace-time atrocities.

  87. AP says:
    @melanf
    In the discussion there are two issues

    1) I would argue that "Western Russian" land, because of the Lithuanian conquest had become a Polish colony, and the population forcibly deprived of their own culture and history, and turned into a source of income for foreign (Polish) elite. You dispute that claim

    2) the Question about where peasants lived in the West Russian lands under the rule of Poland, or in the "Moscow" lands.

    It's two separate issues, not related to each other. I will answer your statements on the first issue (which was my point), and then we can discuss on the second question (the question is interesting but not directly associated with the first or questions).

    1. Claim rests on the false premise that a Rus prince becomes a “foreigner” if his first language is no longer a Rus speech or if he is no longer Orthodox. As for “colony” – these Rus princes benefited themselves, not Warsaw, and indeed one of them even became Polish king. They pursued policies of self-enrichment and power-grabbing that actually led to the instability and ultimately destruction of the entire Commonwealth. They also made their lands the intellectual center of Rus world, rather than send everything to Warsaw (compare to what happened in these lands under Moscow and St. Petersburg – they became a cultural desert). This therefore could not be considered a colonial relationship with Warsaw (btw Ukrainian nationalists also like the false idea of the colonial occupation). As for “own culture and history” – there was their own fusion of Rus and Western culture. Cossack baroque architecture is an example. England having a French-speaking elite for centuries was somewhat analogous in this respect.

    2. Evidence shows that peasants lived poorly in both places.

    3. You forgot a third point – persecution and mistreatment by the government of the population was worse under Tatars and Moscow than within the Commonwealth. The Moscow Asiatic despot, on a whim (and not in the context of a war in which the townspeople fought against him, as in the example you cited), slaughtered much of the inhabitants, and the entire elite, of a major and historical Rus city and its environs. Rus people in the Commonwealth didn’t have to worry about such random peace-time atrocities.

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  88. melanf says:
    @AP

    1) As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression
     
    Serfs were still mostly Orthodox or Uniate (in which case they didn't feel much of a difference). They were not pogromed or persecuted for being Orthodox. Catholic serfs weren't treated any better.

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)
     
    Which amounted to the same thing. In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.

    Also - in many Rus lands, serfdom was lighter than in Poland, in order to attract peasant settlers.

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.
     
    Russia is a larger country and Rus lands in Ukraine were simply closer to the Tatars. But Tatars raided lands under Moscow plenty of times:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean%E2%80%93Nogai_raids_into_East_Slavic_lands#List_of_raids

    1521: In the summer of 1521 the Crimean Khan Mehmed Giray I led a huge Tatar horde on a major attack on Russia...According to the Ostrog Chronicle Muhammmed Giray "took more than 300,000 captives from Moscow." Sigismund von Herberstein wrote that the Crimean Khan "took away from Muscovy so many prisoners, it seems unbelievable. For they say that their number exceeded 800,000. He sold part of they to the Turks in the Caffa, others he slaughtered, such as the elderly and the infirm, who could not be sold for a high price and were unfit for labor and difficult to transport. These they gave to the young men like rabbits to hunting dogs for their first military practice. [I suspect the number is exaggerated]

    1571: Moscow burned; more than 30 cities looted, about 60,000 captives

    1592: In spring 80,000 Crimeans under Feti Giray and Bakht Giray went to Tula, Mikhailov, Dedilov, Venyov, Kashira and Ryazan and "took such a multitude of prisoners that the old people do not remember such wars." Using speed and surprise, the Tatars ravaged the regions close to the border and took many prisoners.

    Etc.

    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite – Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc
     
    From the perspective of the peasant - did it matter if a Russian lord forced him to work 4 days a week, forced his daughter to be a concubine, etc. or if a Polish lord did this?

    The Commonwealth ceased to exist at the time Pushkin and Glinka were writing. However, the Kiev Academy was probably the intellectual center of the Rus lands when it was part of the Commonwealth The Commonwealth produced the first printed Orthodox Church Slavonic Bible (in Lviv).

    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the “Polish” lands (after Partitions) were shorter then “great-russian” recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of “Polish” serfs).
     
    Page 93 has a list of recruit heights. There isn't much difference between enserfed Polish and Russian areas. The shortest recruits were from the Urals. Earlier page lists height of recruits ethnicity 1801-1861; Poles and Russians were the same height.

    Discuss the main question (on other points I will write the answer later, in order to debate is not drowned in minor matters)

    If language and religion don’t matter, the dispute impossible.

    People are native whatever language or religion they choose.

    Brief summary: in the lands of “Kievan Rus” conquered by the Lithuanians (and then given to the poles), the nobility abandoned their own religion and their own language

    Catholic religion is universal. There were German Catholics, French Catholics, and Rus Catholics.

    In the middle ages, “Russian Catholics” could not exist. Ruthenian nobility converted to Catholicism lost their language, their culture, their history and became Polish. Likewise, the Greeks and Serbs converted to Islam became the Ottoman Turks.

    «Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni» (all these Ogiński, Vishnevetski and other) became poles without any reservations.. They despised and hated their Orthodox ex-compatriots, and sought to destroy them by forcing assimilation.

    For example, S. M. Plokhy in book, “The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus” (I guess from this book you quoted «Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni»?) writes

    «The Orthodox Ruthenian nobility, which was otherwise part of the political class of the Commonwealth and generally shared the way of life and ideals of the noble estate, was often prepared to abandon its ancestral religion when faced with discrimination
    on religious grounds. In 1673, the Orthodox of the Commonwealth were prohibited from acquiring noble status. In 1717 and 1733, religious dissenters (i.e Orthodox) were banned from participating in Diets. Under these circumstances, the Orthodox nobles preferred to join the dominant Roman Catholic Church. They bypassed the Uniate “purgatory,” leaving the non-noble segments of the Ruthenian community to suffer there. .. The identity of the Ruthenian nobility of the period has yet to be studied in depth, but it is clear that in the eighteen century most of its members joined the Polish Lithuanian “nation” not only in political but also in religious, linguistic, and cultural terms ….being true members of the new Polish nation.
    Ruthenian burghers also could not avoid discrimination on the part of the Polish-Lithuanian state and society. In 1699 Orthodox burghers were prohibited from holding council offices in the royal towns…. The royal decree of 1572 that granted the Lviv Ruthenians equal rights with Polish Catholics was largely ignored by the city council, which argued that the decree contravened the city’s rights and privileges. The conversion of the Lviv Orthodox community to the Union in1709… changed nothing. Religion (or, rather, rite) continued to bar the Lviv Ruthenians from civic office. The Ruthenians continued to be called a “nation” (natio) in royal privileges and civic decrees, a designation that usually set them apart from the Polish Catholic majority and, in their opinion, implied discrimination. In 1749 the Ruthenian members of the (now Uniate) brotherhood complained that the city council, in denying them the right to hold civic office, was “alienating itself from us, calling us a ‘nation’ and not incorporated persons equal to itself.” Ironically, the discrimination of which the Lviv Ruthenian community complained (it included nobles as well as burghers) helped preserve a strong sense of distinct Ruthenian identity – the same identity that Ruthenian nobles who did not belong to religious brotherhoods were losing at an alarming rate. …Among the major factors that contributed to the Polonization of the Ruthenian elites was the decline in the use of the Ruthenian language. In 1696, when the Commonwealth Diet adopted a resolution making the use of Polish obligatory in jurisprudence and administration, the nobility of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania submitted a proposal to the Diet to introduce Polish instead of Ruthenian as the language of the local courts. The proposal was one of a number of petitions intended to extend the rights possessed by the nobility of the Kingdom of Poland to their peersin the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Thus the equalization of noble rights in the Commonwealth went hand in hand with linguistic and cultural Polonization… By the end of the seventeenth century, the higher and elementary education of the children of Ruthenian nobles and burghers was largely in the hands of the Jesuits….. While Orthodox Ruthenians were not barred from attending Jesuit-run colleges, they had difficulty in maintaining their religion while enrolled there. That was certainly the case at Lviv University, where in the late seventeenth century the Orthodox were allowed to take only one year of philosophy and barred from other courses unless they converted to the Union. In 1725 Orthodox students were denied housing at the university. Similar practices were adopted in other educational institutions of the region. By the mid-eighteenth century… the Jesuits began teaching Polish history in their colleges. They were not only educating young Ruthenians but also turning them into political, religious, and cultural Poles…the Ruthenian language was squeezed out of the public sphere….

    Roman Catholicism was closely linked not only to Polish identity bu talso to the nobiliary stratum,since it was often Polish or Polonized nobles who encouraged the conversion of their Ruthenian subjects to Catholicism–a process that the latter regarded as a transformation from Ruthenian to Polish identity.“Andri Basiiin Ostriv,”reported a Uniate priest in 1763, “who was taken to the lord’s household, turned from a Ruthenian into a Pole at the instigation of people from the lord’s household. Ilko Pekara in Chernytsia turned from a Ruthenian into a Pole at the lord’s command.”…

    These processes (carried out with the direct approval and support of all these Ogiński, and Vishnevetski) are called ethnocide. For the existence of a separate people (with their culture and history), this is the worst option (only worse option – the direct extremination).

    So Yes – Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much much much worse than Tatars.

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    I now understand where your confusion comes from.

    Your extensive quote from Plokhy is correct but describes a specific time, from the veryend of the 17th century until the Partitoions of the 1770s. This was when the Commonwealth was broken up and in decline - after the Khmelnytsky uprising when much of the Rus lands in Ukraine ceased being part of the Commonwealth* and a rump area, more dominated by Poland, remained. It is not characteristic of the overall position of the Rus within the Commonwealth. JUdging the situation of Rus people within the Commonwealth based on events from 1670s-1770s like judging all of Ukraine's experience under Moscow's rule, by Stalin times, and concluding that the relationship was largely genocidal in nature.


    In the middle ages, “Russian Catholics” could not exist. Ruthenian nobility converted to Catholicism lost their language, their culture, their history and became Polish.
     
    This is what you claim, yet the facts contradict this claim. The Polish-speaking, Catholic Rus princes described themselves as Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni. They themselves continued to support Rus cultural projects - as I noted, even the infamous Jeremi Wiśniowiecki was funding the Kiev Academy, the world's premier Orthodox educational institution. Wisniowecki was also a major patron of Orthodox monasteries. The famous Mhar Monastery in Poltava region continues to venerate the memory of its sponsor Jeremi Wiśniowiecki (despite being under the Moscow Patriarch!).

    Here is an interesting and more objective treatment of Wiśniowiecki:

    https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/culture/jeremi-wisniowiecki-hero-or-antihero

    The attempt at mass assimilation occurred in the 1700s but this was no longer close to being the Middle Ages.

    Something else you forgot to mention - the pro-Orthodox Ukrainian elite was also Polish-speaking. Polish was the language of command of Khmelytsky's forces, and Polish printing presses flourished in Kiev and Chernihiv during the time of the autonomous Hetmanate. The principal languages of instruction of the famous Orthodox Kiev Academy were Polish and Latin.


    They despised and hated their Orthodox ex-compatriots, and sought to destroy them by forcing assimilation.
     
    False. See above. Supporting Orthodox monasteries and educational institutions is hardly "despising." The last Commonwealth governor of Kiev was an Orthodox nobleman, Adam Kysil. Hrehory Chodkiewicz, a previous Orthodox Rus governor of Kiev, built many Orthodox churches and monasteries. The Supreme Commander of Poland-Lithuania's army in the war against Moscow was an Orthodox magnate, prince Konstanty Ostrogski. Within the Commonwealth, Kiev became the Orthodox world's intellectual center. Within the Commonwealth, the first printed Orthodox Bible appeared.

    For most of the Commonwealth's history, the Rus were active and equal participants.

    After Moscow annexed Rus areas from the Commonwealth, it gained a class of highly educated and capable Orthodox Rus people who reformed, built up and strengthened the Russian state. The historian Vernadsky wrote that the acquisition of Kiev was no less important than the creation of St. Petersburg with respect to Russia's modernization and growth as a great power. So ironically, the Commonwealth (and rule by Lithuanians rather than Tatars in these lands) played an important role in Moscow's power, also.


    These processes (carried out with the direct approval and support of all these Ogiński, and Vishnevetski) are called ethnocide. For the existence of a separate people (with their culture and history), this is the worst option (only worse option – the direct extremination).
     
    When Russia got these lands they were overwhelmingly Little Russian speaking. By the 1950s they were about half Russian-speaking. Ethnocide?
  89. AP says:
    @melanf
    Discuss the main question (on other points I will write the answer later, in order to debate is not drowned in minor matters)


    If language and religion don’t matter, the dispute impossible.
     
    People are native whatever language or religion they choose.

    Brief summary: in the lands of “Kievan Rus” conquered by the Lithuanians (and then given to the poles), the nobility abandoned their own religion and their own language
     
    Catholic religion is universal. There were German Catholics, French Catholics, and Rus Catholics.
     
    In the middle ages, "Russian Catholics" could not exist. Ruthenian nobility converted to Catholicism lost their language, their culture, their history and became Polish. Likewise, the Greeks and Serbs converted to Islam became the Ottoman Turks.

    «Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni» (all these Ogiński, Vishnevetski and other) became poles without any reservations.. They despised and hated their Orthodox ex-compatriots, and sought to destroy them by forcing assimilation.

    For example, S. M. Plokhy in book, "The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus" (I guess from this book you quoted «Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni»?) writes

    «The Orthodox Ruthenian nobility, which was otherwise part of the political class of the Commonwealth and generally shared the way of life and ideals of the noble estate, was often prepared to abandon its ancestral religion when faced with discrimination
    on religious grounds. In 1673, the Orthodox of the Commonwealth were prohibited from acquiring noble status. In 1717 and 1733, religious dissenters (i.e Orthodox) were banned from participating in Diets. Under these circumstances, the Orthodox nobles preferred to join the dominant Roman Catholic Church. They bypassed the Uniate “purgatory,” leaving the non-noble segments of the Ruthenian community to suffer there. .. The identity of the Ruthenian nobility of the period has yet to be studied in depth, but it is clear that in the eighteen century most of its members joined the Polish Lithuanian “nation” not only in political but also in religious, linguistic, and cultural terms ….being true members of the new Polish nation.
    Ruthenian burghers also could not avoid discrimination on the part of the Polish-Lithuanian state and society. In 1699 Orthodox burghers were prohibited from holding council offices in the royal towns…. The royal decree of 1572 that granted the Lviv Ruthenians equal rights with Polish Catholics was largely ignored by the city council, which argued that the decree contravened the city’s rights and privileges. The conversion of the Lviv Orthodox community to the Union in1709… changed nothing. Religion (or, rather, rite) continued to bar the Lviv Ruthenians from civic office. The Ruthenians continued to be called a “nation” (natio) in royal privileges and civic decrees, a designation that usually set them apart from the Polish Catholic majority and, in their opinion, implied discrimination. In 1749 the Ruthenian members of the (now Uniate) brotherhood complained that the city council, in denying them the right to hold civic office, was “alienating itself from us, calling us a ‘nation’ and not incorporated persons equal to itself.” Ironically, the discrimination of which the Lviv Ruthenian community complained (it included nobles as well as burghers) helped preserve a strong sense of distinct Ruthenian identity – the same identity that Ruthenian nobles who did not belong to religious brotherhoods were losing at an alarming rate. …Among the major factors that contributed to the Polonization of the Ruthenian elites was the decline in the use of the Ruthenian language. In 1696, when the Commonwealth Diet adopted a resolution making the use of Polish obligatory in jurisprudence and administration, the nobility of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania submitted a proposal to the Diet to introduce Polish instead of Ruthenian as the language of the local courts. The proposal was one of a number of petitions intended to extend the rights possessed by the nobility of the Kingdom of Poland to their peersin the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Thus the equalization of noble rights in the Commonwealth went hand in hand with linguistic and cultural Polonization… By the end of the seventeenth century, the higher and elementary education of the children of Ruthenian nobles and burghers was largely in the hands of the Jesuits….. While Orthodox Ruthenians were not barred from attending Jesuit-run colleges, they had difficulty in maintaining their religion while enrolled there. That was certainly the case at Lviv University, where in the late seventeenth century the Orthodox were allowed to take only one year of philosophy and barred from other courses unless they converted to the Union. In 1725 Orthodox students were denied housing at the university. Similar practices were adopted in other educational institutions of the region. By the mid-eighteenth century… the Jesuits began teaching Polish history in their colleges. They were not only educating young Ruthenians but also turning them into political, religious, and cultural Poles…the Ruthenian language was squeezed out of the public sphere….

    Roman Catholicism was closely linked not only to Polish identity bu talso to the nobiliary stratum,since it was often Polish or Polonized nobles who encouraged the conversion of their Ruthenian subjects to Catholicism–a process that the latter regarded as a transformation from Ruthenian to Polish identity.“Andri Basiiin Ostriv,”reported a Uniate priest in 1763, “who was taken to the lord’s household, turned from a Ruthenian into a Pole at the instigation of people from the lord’s household. Ilko Pekara in Chernytsia turned from a Ruthenian into a Pole at the lord’s command.”…

    These processes (carried out with the direct approval and support of all these Ogiński, and Vishnevetski) are called ethnocide. For the existence of a separate people (with their culture and history), this is the worst option (only worse option - the direct extremination).

    So Yes - Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much much much worse than Tatars.

    I now understand where your confusion comes from.

    Your extensive quote from Plokhy is correct but describes a specific time, from the veryend of the 17th century until the Partitoions of the 1770s. This was when the Commonwealth was broken up and in decline – after the Khmelnytsky uprising when much of the Rus lands in Ukraine ceased being part of the Commonwealth* and a rump area, more dominated by Poland, remained. It is not characteristic of the overall position of the Rus within the Commonwealth. JUdging the situation of Rus people within the Commonwealth based on events from 1670s-1770s like judging all of Ukraine’s experience under Moscow’s rule, by Stalin times, and concluding that the relationship was largely genocidal in nature.

    In the middle ages, “Russian Catholics” could not exist. Ruthenian nobility converted to Catholicism lost their language, their culture, their history and became Polish.

    This is what you claim, yet the facts contradict this claim. The Polish-speaking, Catholic Rus princes described themselves as Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni. They themselves continued to support Rus cultural projects – as I noted, even the infamous Jeremi Wiśniowiecki was funding the Kiev Academy, the world’s premier Orthodox educational institution. Wisniowecki was also a major patron of Orthodox monasteries. The famous Mhar Monastery in Poltava region continues to venerate the memory of its sponsor Jeremi Wiśniowiecki (despite being under the Moscow Patriarch!).

    Here is an interesting and more objective treatment of Wiśniowiecki:

    https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/culture/jeremi-wisniowiecki-hero-or-antihero

    The attempt at mass assimilation occurred in the 1700s but this was no longer close to being the Middle Ages.

    Something else you forgot to mention – the pro-Orthodox Ukrainian elite was also Polish-speaking. Polish was the language of command of Khmelytsky’s forces, and Polish printing presses flourished in Kiev and Chernihiv during the time of the autonomous Hetmanate. The principal languages of instruction of the famous Orthodox Kiev Academy were Polish and Latin.

    They despised and hated their Orthodox ex-compatriots, and sought to destroy them by forcing assimilation.

    False. See above. Supporting Orthodox monasteries and educational institutions is hardly “despising.” The last Commonwealth governor of Kiev was an Orthodox nobleman, Adam Kysil. Hrehory Chodkiewicz, a previous Orthodox Rus governor of Kiev, built many Orthodox churches and monasteries. The Supreme Commander of Poland-Lithuania’s army in the war against Moscow was an Orthodox magnate, prince Konstanty Ostrogski. Within the Commonwealth, Kiev became the Orthodox world’s intellectual center. Within the Commonwealth, the first printed Orthodox Bible appeared.

    For most of the Commonwealth’s history, the Rus were active and equal participants.

    After Moscow annexed Rus areas from the Commonwealth, it gained a class of highly educated and capable Orthodox Rus people who reformed, built up and strengthened the Russian state. The historian Vernadsky wrote that the acquisition of Kiev was no less important than the creation of St. Petersburg with respect to Russia’s modernization and growth as a great power. So ironically, the Commonwealth (and rule by Lithuanians rather than Tatars in these lands) played an important role in Moscow’s power, also.

    These processes (carried out with the direct approval and support of all these Ogiński, and Vishnevetski) are called ethnocide. For the existence of a separate people (with their culture and history), this is the worst option (only worse option – the direct extremination).

    When Russia got these lands they were overwhelmingly Little Russian speaking. By the 1950s they were about half Russian-speaking. Ethnocide?

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    I thought of a typical example - the Kosinsky uprisings. Cosasacks and minor nobles such as Kosinsky fought against Rus magnates and their private armies. Both main antagonists were Rus Orthodox - the petty nobleman Kosinsky on the one hand, and his enemy prince Ostrogski (governor of Kiev) on the other hand. The anti-Cossack, pro-Commonwealth Rus Prince Ostrogski founded an Orthodox academy and funded the first Orthodox printed Bible. Was this Commonwealth patriot a Polish colonial engaging in ethnocide according to you?

    (Poland itself was largely on the sidelines in this conflict.)

    This was the same pattern as during the Khmelytski uprising, except unlike Ostrogksi who was Orthodox, the Rus prince Wiśniowiecki converted to Catholicism after having toured western Europe (though as I pointed out in my post the latter still continued to fund Orthodox institutions).
    , @melanf

    Your extensive quote from Plokhy is correct but describes a specific time, ....after the Khmelnytsky uprising
     
    The Khmelnytsky uprising (which was preceded by 5 or 6 failed uprisings) was the consequence (not the cause ) of the religious oppression of the Orthodox population. However, regardless of what was cause and what the consequence - undoubted fact is the sad result of Lithuanian invasion. Ruthenian Orthodox population was legally deprived of rights, and turned into inferior people (subordinate to the Polish "Sahib"), as well as subjected to forced conversion in Catholicism and Polonization
    (forced assimilation is ethnocide).
    All this is done with the full approval of converted to Catholicism nobility - without their ыгззщке, legal acts ("Orthodox of the Commonwealth were prohibited from acquiring noble status.... Orthodox of the Commonwealth were banned from participating in Diets") could not appear. So these people in general are despised and hated their Orthodox ex-countrymen, and dreamed about their disappearance. Obviously it was nuances (for example Ostrogski), but the laws clearly show the "General line"

    Possible historical events could go differently, be more successful for Western Russian lands. However, in our reality, the Lithuanian conquest in the end had a very bad result.

  90. AP says:
    @AP
    I now understand where your confusion comes from.

    Your extensive quote from Plokhy is correct but describes a specific time, from the veryend of the 17th century until the Partitoions of the 1770s. This was when the Commonwealth was broken up and in decline - after the Khmelnytsky uprising when much of the Rus lands in Ukraine ceased being part of the Commonwealth* and a rump area, more dominated by Poland, remained. It is not characteristic of the overall position of the Rus within the Commonwealth. JUdging the situation of Rus people within the Commonwealth based on events from 1670s-1770s like judging all of Ukraine's experience under Moscow's rule, by Stalin times, and concluding that the relationship was largely genocidal in nature.


    In the middle ages, “Russian Catholics” could not exist. Ruthenian nobility converted to Catholicism lost their language, their culture, their history and became Polish.
     
    This is what you claim, yet the facts contradict this claim. The Polish-speaking, Catholic Rus princes described themselves as Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni. They themselves continued to support Rus cultural projects - as I noted, even the infamous Jeremi Wiśniowiecki was funding the Kiev Academy, the world's premier Orthodox educational institution. Wisniowecki was also a major patron of Orthodox monasteries. The famous Mhar Monastery in Poltava region continues to venerate the memory of its sponsor Jeremi Wiśniowiecki (despite being under the Moscow Patriarch!).

    Here is an interesting and more objective treatment of Wiśniowiecki:

    https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/culture/jeremi-wisniowiecki-hero-or-antihero

    The attempt at mass assimilation occurred in the 1700s but this was no longer close to being the Middle Ages.

    Something else you forgot to mention - the pro-Orthodox Ukrainian elite was also Polish-speaking. Polish was the language of command of Khmelytsky's forces, and Polish printing presses flourished in Kiev and Chernihiv during the time of the autonomous Hetmanate. The principal languages of instruction of the famous Orthodox Kiev Academy were Polish and Latin.


    They despised and hated their Orthodox ex-compatriots, and sought to destroy them by forcing assimilation.
     
    False. See above. Supporting Orthodox monasteries and educational institutions is hardly "despising." The last Commonwealth governor of Kiev was an Orthodox nobleman, Adam Kysil. Hrehory Chodkiewicz, a previous Orthodox Rus governor of Kiev, built many Orthodox churches and monasteries. The Supreme Commander of Poland-Lithuania's army in the war against Moscow was an Orthodox magnate, prince Konstanty Ostrogski. Within the Commonwealth, Kiev became the Orthodox world's intellectual center. Within the Commonwealth, the first printed Orthodox Bible appeared.

    For most of the Commonwealth's history, the Rus were active and equal participants.

    After Moscow annexed Rus areas from the Commonwealth, it gained a class of highly educated and capable Orthodox Rus people who reformed, built up and strengthened the Russian state. The historian Vernadsky wrote that the acquisition of Kiev was no less important than the creation of St. Petersburg with respect to Russia's modernization and growth as a great power. So ironically, the Commonwealth (and rule by Lithuanians rather than Tatars in these lands) played an important role in Moscow's power, also.


    These processes (carried out with the direct approval and support of all these Ogiński, and Vishnevetski) are called ethnocide. For the existence of a separate people (with their culture and history), this is the worst option (only worse option – the direct extremination).
     
    When Russia got these lands they were overwhelmingly Little Russian speaking. By the 1950s they were about half Russian-speaking. Ethnocide?

    I thought of a typical example – the Kosinsky uprisings. Cosasacks and minor nobles such as Kosinsky fought against Rus magnates and their private armies. Both main antagonists were Rus Orthodox – the petty nobleman Kosinsky on the one hand, and his enemy prince Ostrogski (governor of Kiev) on the other hand. The anti-Cossack, pro-Commonwealth Rus Prince Ostrogski founded an Orthodox academy and funded the first Orthodox printed Bible. Was this Commonwealth patriot a Polish colonial engaging in ethnocide according to you?

    (Poland itself was largely on the sidelines in this conflict.)

    This was the same pattern as during the Khmelytski uprising, except unlike Ostrogksi who was Orthodox, the Rus prince Wiśniowiecki converted to Catholicism after having toured western Europe (though as I pointed out in my post the latter still continued to fund Orthodox institutions).

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    the anti-Cossack, pro-Commonwealth Rus Prince Ostrogski founded an Orthodox academy and funded the first Orthodox printed Bible. Was this Commonwealth patriot a Polish colonial engaging in ethnocide according to you
     
    Good point, however, the tide was definitely turning against the very few Ostrogskis left (even his own son converted to Catholocism!) within the Commonwealth. Also, I'm not sure that Konstantyn Ostrogski should merit the appellation of 'anti-cossack' (a little too strong?), at least not according to the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine:

    Although he helped to suppress the popular uprising led by Kryshtof Kosynsky in 1593, he did little to contain the uprising led by Severyn Nalyvaiko in 1594–6, and he maintained relations with the Ukrainian Cossacks; for those reasons he was condemned by the Polish nobility.
     
    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CO%5CS%5COstrozkyKostiantynVasyl.htm

    He was quite the individual, and was even hailed by later Polish historians as the second Hannibal for his brilliant military exploits including significant victories against the Muscovites at Orsha and the Tatars at Wisnowiec.

  91. Mr. Hack says:
    @AP
    I thought of a typical example - the Kosinsky uprisings. Cosasacks and minor nobles such as Kosinsky fought against Rus magnates and their private armies. Both main antagonists were Rus Orthodox - the petty nobleman Kosinsky on the one hand, and his enemy prince Ostrogski (governor of Kiev) on the other hand. The anti-Cossack, pro-Commonwealth Rus Prince Ostrogski founded an Orthodox academy and funded the first Orthodox printed Bible. Was this Commonwealth patriot a Polish colonial engaging in ethnocide according to you?

    (Poland itself was largely on the sidelines in this conflict.)

    This was the same pattern as during the Khmelytski uprising, except unlike Ostrogksi who was Orthodox, the Rus prince Wiśniowiecki converted to Catholicism after having toured western Europe (though as I pointed out in my post the latter still continued to fund Orthodox institutions).

    the anti-Cossack, pro-Commonwealth Rus Prince Ostrogski founded an Orthodox academy and funded the first Orthodox printed Bible. Was this Commonwealth patriot a Polish colonial engaging in ethnocide according to you

    Good point, however, the tide was definitely turning against the very few Ostrogskis left (even his own son converted to Catholocism!) within the Commonwealth. Also, I’m not sure that Konstantyn Ostrogski should merit the appellation of ‘anti-cossack’ (a little too strong?), at least not according to the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine:

    Although he helped to suppress the popular uprising led by Kryshtof Kosynsky in 1593, he did little to contain the uprising led by Severyn Nalyvaiko in 1594–6, and he maintained relations with the Ukrainian Cossacks; for those reasons he was condemned by the Polish nobility.

    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CO%5CS%5COstrozkyKostiantynVasyl.htm

    He was quite the individual, and was even hailed by later Polish historians as the second Hannibal for his brilliant military exploits including significant victories against the Muscovites at Orsha and the Tatars at Wisnowiec.

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    Encyclopedia of Ukraine is a good source but it is not completely objective, taking for granted a Ukrainian nationalist narrative.

    Compare their description of Jeremi Wisniowiecki - which matches that of the Russian nationalist (?) poster:

    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CW%5CI%5CWiKLniowieckiJeremi.htm

    And then consider the information from this article, that I had posted earlier:

    https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/culture/jeremi-wisniowiecki-hero-or-antihero

    The actual picture is different. The latter is probably more realistic, taking into account the 17th century rather than applying a 20th century nationalistic lens when viewing these events and people.
  92. AP says:
    @Mr. Hack

    the anti-Cossack, pro-Commonwealth Rus Prince Ostrogski founded an Orthodox academy and funded the first Orthodox printed Bible. Was this Commonwealth patriot a Polish colonial engaging in ethnocide according to you
     
    Good point, however, the tide was definitely turning against the very few Ostrogskis left (even his own son converted to Catholocism!) within the Commonwealth. Also, I'm not sure that Konstantyn Ostrogski should merit the appellation of 'anti-cossack' (a little too strong?), at least not according to the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine:

    Although he helped to suppress the popular uprising led by Kryshtof Kosynsky in 1593, he did little to contain the uprising led by Severyn Nalyvaiko in 1594–6, and he maintained relations with the Ukrainian Cossacks; for those reasons he was condemned by the Polish nobility.
     
    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CO%5CS%5COstrozkyKostiantynVasyl.htm

    He was quite the individual, and was even hailed by later Polish historians as the second Hannibal for his brilliant military exploits including significant victories against the Muscovites at Orsha and the Tatars at Wisnowiec.

    Encyclopedia of Ukraine is a good source but it is not completely objective, taking for granted a Ukrainian nationalist narrative.

    Compare their description of Jeremi Wisniowiecki – which matches that of the Russian nationalist (?) poster:

    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CW%5CI%5CWiKLniowieckiJeremi.htm

    And then consider the information from this article, that I had posted earlier:

    https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/culture/jeremi-wisniowiecki-hero-or-antihero

    The actual picture is different. The latter is probably more realistic, taking into account the 17th century rather than applying a 20th century nationalistic lens when viewing these events and people.

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    I wasn't questioning how the source site characterizes Wisniowiecki, but it's depiction of Konstantyn Ostrogski. Besides, the entry was written by Liubomyr Vinar, an excellent historian, not noted as an unobjective nationalist type. I don't think that pointing out the great contributions of Ostrogski, generally, as a great contributor to early Ukrainian culture and society is any way far off the mark:

    Ostrozky was an important figure in the 16th-century Ukrainian cultural and national rebirth. He established schools in Turiv (1572), Volodymyr-Volynskyi (1577), and Ostrih (1590), but is best known for founding the Ostrih Academy (ca 1576), the Ostrih Press (ca 1578), and the press at the Derman Monastery (1602). The Ostrih Bible (1580–1) was printed under his patronage by Ivan Fedorovych (Fedorov). Ostrozky had close contacts and corresponded regularly with leading defenders of the Orthodox faith, such as the Lviv Dormition Brotherhood, Prince A. Kurbsky, and Bishop Hedeon Balaban.

     

    I'm not qualified to weigh in on Ostrogsky's relationship with the Ukrainian cossacks, but only point out that it appears that others perhaps take a more balanced view of the man in this regards, and seem to find a more nuanced perspective.
  93. Mr. Hack says:
    @AP
    Encyclopedia of Ukraine is a good source but it is not completely objective, taking for granted a Ukrainian nationalist narrative.

    Compare their description of Jeremi Wisniowiecki - which matches that of the Russian nationalist (?) poster:

    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CW%5CI%5CWiKLniowieckiJeremi.htm

    And then consider the information from this article, that I had posted earlier:

    https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/culture/jeremi-wisniowiecki-hero-or-antihero

    The actual picture is different. The latter is probably more realistic, taking into account the 17th century rather than applying a 20th century nationalistic lens when viewing these events and people.

    I wasn’t questioning how the source site characterizes Wisniowiecki, but it’s depiction of Konstantyn Ostrogski. Besides, the entry was written by Liubomyr Vinar, an excellent historian, not noted as an unobjective nationalist type. I don’t think that pointing out the great contributions of Ostrogski, generally, as a great contributor to early Ukrainian culture and society is any way far off the mark:

    Ostrozky was an important figure in the 16th-century Ukrainian cultural and national rebirth. He established schools in Turiv (1572), Volodymyr-Volynskyi (1577), and Ostrih (1590), but is best known for founding the Ostrih Academy (ca 1576), the Ostrih Press (ca 1578), and the press at the Derman Monastery (1602). The Ostrih Bible (1580–1) was printed under his patronage by Ivan Fedorovych (Fedorov). Ostrozky had close contacts and corresponded regularly with leading defenders of the Orthodox faith, such as the Lviv Dormition Brotherhood, Prince A. Kurbsky, and Bishop Hedeon Balaban.

    I’m not qualified to weigh in on Ostrogsky’s relationship with the Ukrainian cossacks, but only point out that it appears that others perhaps take a more balanced view of the man in this regards, and seem to find a more nuanced perspective.

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    I don't disagree. The point was that Ostrogski was both a Rus patriot and a Commonwealth loyalist, willing to crush Cossacks who rose against the Commonwealth. These terms were not mutually exclusive, contrary to the myth that the Commonwealth was some sort of anti-Rus colonial power. Rus culture flourished within the Commonwealth, attaining a higher cultural level than under the Tsars' rule.
  94. Mr. Hack says:

    Sorry to find out that Liubomyr Wynar passed away earlier this year. For a more complete biography of this scholar’s life and accomplishments, read here:

    http://www.ukrweekly.com/uwwp/lubomyr-wynar-scholar-founder-of-the-journal-ukrainian-historian/

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  95. AP says:
    @Mr. Hack
    I wasn't questioning how the source site characterizes Wisniowiecki, but it's depiction of Konstantyn Ostrogski. Besides, the entry was written by Liubomyr Vinar, an excellent historian, not noted as an unobjective nationalist type. I don't think that pointing out the great contributions of Ostrogski, generally, as a great contributor to early Ukrainian culture and society is any way far off the mark:

    Ostrozky was an important figure in the 16th-century Ukrainian cultural and national rebirth. He established schools in Turiv (1572), Volodymyr-Volynskyi (1577), and Ostrih (1590), but is best known for founding the Ostrih Academy (ca 1576), the Ostrih Press (ca 1578), and the press at the Derman Monastery (1602). The Ostrih Bible (1580–1) was printed under his patronage by Ivan Fedorovych (Fedorov). Ostrozky had close contacts and corresponded regularly with leading defenders of the Orthodox faith, such as the Lviv Dormition Brotherhood, Prince A. Kurbsky, and Bishop Hedeon Balaban.

     

    I'm not qualified to weigh in on Ostrogsky's relationship with the Ukrainian cossacks, but only point out that it appears that others perhaps take a more balanced view of the man in this regards, and seem to find a more nuanced perspective.

    I don’t disagree. The point was that Ostrogski was both a Rus patriot and a Commonwealth loyalist, willing to crush Cossacks who rose against the Commonwealth. These terms were not mutually exclusive, contrary to the myth that the Commonwealth was some sort of anti-Rus colonial power. Rus culture flourished within the Commonwealth, attaining a higher cultural level than under the Tsars’ rule.

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  96. melanf says:
    @AP
    I now understand where your confusion comes from.

    Your extensive quote from Plokhy is correct but describes a specific time, from the veryend of the 17th century until the Partitoions of the 1770s. This was when the Commonwealth was broken up and in decline - after the Khmelnytsky uprising when much of the Rus lands in Ukraine ceased being part of the Commonwealth* and a rump area, more dominated by Poland, remained. It is not characteristic of the overall position of the Rus within the Commonwealth. JUdging the situation of Rus people within the Commonwealth based on events from 1670s-1770s like judging all of Ukraine's experience under Moscow's rule, by Stalin times, and concluding that the relationship was largely genocidal in nature.


    In the middle ages, “Russian Catholics” could not exist. Ruthenian nobility converted to Catholicism lost their language, their culture, their history and became Polish.
     
    This is what you claim, yet the facts contradict this claim. The Polish-speaking, Catholic Rus princes described themselves as Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni. They themselves continued to support Rus cultural projects - as I noted, even the infamous Jeremi Wiśniowiecki was funding the Kiev Academy, the world's premier Orthodox educational institution. Wisniowecki was also a major patron of Orthodox monasteries. The famous Mhar Monastery in Poltava region continues to venerate the memory of its sponsor Jeremi Wiśniowiecki (despite being under the Moscow Patriarch!).

    Here is an interesting and more objective treatment of Wiśniowiecki:

    https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/culture/jeremi-wisniowiecki-hero-or-antihero

    The attempt at mass assimilation occurred in the 1700s but this was no longer close to being the Middle Ages.

    Something else you forgot to mention - the pro-Orthodox Ukrainian elite was also Polish-speaking. Polish was the language of command of Khmelytsky's forces, and Polish printing presses flourished in Kiev and Chernihiv during the time of the autonomous Hetmanate. The principal languages of instruction of the famous Orthodox Kiev Academy were Polish and Latin.


    They despised and hated their Orthodox ex-compatriots, and sought to destroy them by forcing assimilation.
     
    False. See above. Supporting Orthodox monasteries and educational institutions is hardly "despising." The last Commonwealth governor of Kiev was an Orthodox nobleman, Adam Kysil. Hrehory Chodkiewicz, a previous Orthodox Rus governor of Kiev, built many Orthodox churches and monasteries. The Supreme Commander of Poland-Lithuania's army in the war against Moscow was an Orthodox magnate, prince Konstanty Ostrogski. Within the Commonwealth, Kiev became the Orthodox world's intellectual center. Within the Commonwealth, the first printed Orthodox Bible appeared.

    For most of the Commonwealth's history, the Rus were active and equal participants.

    After Moscow annexed Rus areas from the Commonwealth, it gained a class of highly educated and capable Orthodox Rus people who reformed, built up and strengthened the Russian state. The historian Vernadsky wrote that the acquisition of Kiev was no less important than the creation of St. Petersburg with respect to Russia's modernization and growth as a great power. So ironically, the Commonwealth (and rule by Lithuanians rather than Tatars in these lands) played an important role in Moscow's power, also.


    These processes (carried out with the direct approval and support of all these Ogiński, and Vishnevetski) are called ethnocide. For the existence of a separate people (with their culture and history), this is the worst option (only worse option – the direct extremination).
     
    When Russia got these lands they were overwhelmingly Little Russian speaking. By the 1950s they were about half Russian-speaking. Ethnocide?

    Your extensive quote from Plokhy is correct but describes a specific time, ….after the Khmelnytsky uprising

    The Khmelnytsky uprising (which was preceded by 5 or 6 failed uprisings) was the consequence (not the cause ) of the religious oppression of the Orthodox population. However, regardless of what was cause and what the consequence – undoubted fact is the sad result of Lithuanian invasion. Ruthenian Orthodox population was legally deprived of rights, and turned into inferior people (subordinate to the Polish “Sahib”), as well as subjected to forced conversion in Catholicism and Polonization
    (forced assimilation is ethnocide).
    All this is done with the full approval of converted to Catholicism nobility – without their ыгззщке, legal acts (“Orthodox of the Commonwealth were prohibited from acquiring noble status…. Orthodox of the Commonwealth were banned from participating in Diets”) could not appear. So these people in general are despised and hated their Orthodox ex-countrymen, and dreamed about their disappearance. Obviously it was nuances (for example Ostrogski), but the laws clearly show the “General line”

    Possible historical events could go differently, be more successful for Western Russian lands. However, in our reality, the Lithuanian conquest in the end had a very bad result.

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    The Khmelnytsky uprising (which was preceded by 5 or 6 failed uprisings) was the consequence (not the cause ) of the religious oppression of the Orthodox population
     
    Wrong. As we have seen from prior examples, earlier uprisings involved Orthodox Rus magnates crushing previous uprisings. Even in the Khmelytskly uprising, the main enemy of Khmelytsky, while a convert to Catholicism himself, was also a builder and sponsor of Orthodox churches and monasteries. In fact, while Khmelnytsky's troops looted Orthodox monasteries, the convert Wisniowiecki protected them. Who was the governor of Kiev whom Khmelytsky drove out? An Orthodox Rus, Adam Kysil.

    Let me repeat: the main enemy of the Cossacks during the Kosinsky uprising was also the main sponsor of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

    These contradictions are too serious and widespread to ignore or dismiss. They are not mere "nuance."

    Therefore, the primary cause of these conflicts was not religion, but class. It's the common thread in all these uprisings. Rus Magnates, generally Rus princes such as Ostrogsky or Wisniowiecki (both Orthodox or Catholic) expanded their powers at the expense of both peasants and the lesser nobility, who were supposed to be legal equals. The peasants and lesser nobles resented this expansion of power and rebelled.

    Religion played a secondary role - sure, Wisniowiecki's conversion was a good propaganda tool, but this wouldn't explain the previous uprisings, nor all of those Orthodox fighting on the side of the Commonwealth.

    BTW there were also uprisings against the Tsars (Bulavin, Pugachev) - so as you see, no anti-Orthodox religious oppression was necessary for an uprising.

    fact is the sad result of Lithuanian invasion. Ruthenian Orthodox population was legally deprived of rights, and turned into inferior people
     
    As a result of Lithuanian invasion, Rus lands that had been invaded became the intellectual center of the Orthodox world. The Orthodox (noble) population enjoyed rights that their brothers in despotic Moscow did not have. The first printed Orthodox Bible was created within the Commonwealth, by a refugee from Moscow, who was financed by a Commonwealth loyalist. The best Orthodox schools were created within the Commonwealth. Orthodox monasteries flourished. Etc.

    So these people in general are despised and hated their Orthodox ex-countrymen,
     
    Which ones? Not Ostrogsky, the Commonwealth loyalist who was also the main supporter of Orthodoxy. Not Kysyl, the Orthodox governor of Kiev and member of the Commonwealth's Senate who represnted the Commonwealth against Khmelytsky. Not Wisniowiecki, who financed and supported Orthodox monasteries and protected them from being looted by Khmelnytsky's Cossack rebels.

    And why "ex-countrymen?" Wisniowiecki was the head of the organization of Rus magnates, kniazhata starozhytni. He was a Rus prince. You think that because he converted to Catholicism at age 20 after being enthralled by western Europe he was no longer a Rus prince?

    the laws clearly show the “General line”
     
    The laws you described were all from events following the uprising (the consequences of the Rus magnates losing to the Rus lesser nobles and peasants), and reflect the loss of many Rus lands and the threat of further Moscow expansion, not some sort of "general line."
  97. Mr. Hack says:

    Here’s a summation of the Ukrainian experience within it’s Lithuanian and later Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth periods. We’re talking about a long period of history that was far from static:

    Algirdas unified the Lithuanian territories and waged war to enlarge his realm, making it one of the largest European states of his day. In 1345, after capturing Vilnius, Algirdas became the grand duke of Lithuania. Thereafter, he gradually annexed the larger part of the Ukrainian territories. At first, in about 1355, Algirdas won the Chernihiv land and Novhorod-Siverskyi land from the Golden Horde. In 1363 he defeated the Tatar army at a crucial battle at Syni Vody which, in practice, freed Ukraine from Tatar hegemony. He then annexed the Kyiv land and soon after he added Podilia and the Pereiaslav land to his domain. Algirdas waged a successful war over Volhynia against the Polish king Casimir III the Great and left him with only the Belz land and the Kholm region in Ukraine. Algirdas succeeded in unifying all of the Belarusian and most of the Ukrainian territories under the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. His respect for Ukrainian culture and the Ukrainian church won him the loyalty of the Ukrainian people as well as of the Ukrainian princes and magnates, who helped to administer the state. Algirdas left some of the Ukrainian territories he annexed under the care of the Ukrainian princes of the Riurykide dynasty; others he granted to his relatives. During his reign the Ukrainian (Ruthenian) language became an official language of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania…UNION OF LUBLIN. A union agreement between the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland, signed on 1 July 1569 at a joint assembly of Lithuanian and Polish deputies in Lublin. The treaty gave birth to a single state, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, with a common elected monarch combining the offices of the Polish king and the Lithuanian grand duke, a common diet and senate, a joint foreign policy, and one monetary system. The Grand Duchy preserved its autonomy with its own laws, government, administration, courts, army, and finances. The treaty was signed by Lithuania at a time when it needed Polish help in its war against Muscovy. For Poland the treaty provided a means of acquiring some Lithuanian territory. Under the treaty Poland (the Polish crown) obtained the Ukrainian territories of Podlachia, Volhynia, Podilia, the Bratslav region, and the Kyiv region. The nobility of those territories were given the same rights and privileges as the Polish nobility. The Grand Duchy retained, apart from Lithuanian territory, Belarus and the Berestia land and Pynsk region. Thus the union gave Poland control over a large part of Ukrainian territory, where it proceeded to subjugate and exploit the indigenous population. As a result of the Union of Lublin, the Lithuanian-Ruthenian state of the 13th to 16th centuries ceased to exist…

    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/History.asp#Topic_8

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    Decent summary, but not free of Ukrainian nationalist contamination - "Thus the union gave Poland control over a large part of Ukrainian territory, where it proceeded to subjugate and exploit the indigenous population."

    The "subjugation and exploitation" was mostly the initiative of the of native Rus princes, not of Poles. Moroever, the phenomenon was rather universal. At the same time, in Muscovy, peasants and lesser nobles were also being increasingly dominated and subjugated - in the case of nobles, with epic brutality.
  98. AP says:
    @melanf

    Your extensive quote from Plokhy is correct but describes a specific time, ....after the Khmelnytsky uprising
     
    The Khmelnytsky uprising (which was preceded by 5 or 6 failed uprisings) was the consequence (not the cause ) of the religious oppression of the Orthodox population. However, regardless of what was cause and what the consequence - undoubted fact is the sad result of Lithuanian invasion. Ruthenian Orthodox population was legally deprived of rights, and turned into inferior people (subordinate to the Polish "Sahib"), as well as subjected to forced conversion in Catholicism and Polonization
    (forced assimilation is ethnocide).
    All this is done with the full approval of converted to Catholicism nobility - without their ыгззщке, legal acts ("Orthodox of the Commonwealth were prohibited from acquiring noble status.... Orthodox of the Commonwealth were banned from participating in Diets") could not appear. So these people in general are despised and hated their Orthodox ex-countrymen, and dreamed about their disappearance. Obviously it was nuances (for example Ostrogski), but the laws clearly show the "General line"

    Possible historical events could go differently, be more successful for Western Russian lands. However, in our reality, the Lithuanian conquest in the end had a very bad result.

    The Khmelnytsky uprising (which was preceded by 5 or 6 failed uprisings) was the consequence (not the cause ) of the religious oppression of the Orthodox population

    Wrong. As we have seen from prior examples, earlier uprisings involved Orthodox Rus magnates crushing previous uprisings. Even in the Khmelytskly uprising, the main enemy of Khmelytsky, while a convert to Catholicism himself, was also a builder and sponsor of Orthodox churches and monasteries. In fact, while Khmelnytsky’s troops looted Orthodox monasteries, the convert Wisniowiecki protected them. Who was the governor of Kiev whom Khmelytsky drove out? An Orthodox Rus, Adam Kysil.

    Let me repeat: the main enemy of the Cossacks during the Kosinsky uprising was also the main sponsor of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

    These contradictions are too serious and widespread to ignore or dismiss. They are not mere “nuance.”

    Therefore, the primary cause of these conflicts was not religion, but class. It’s the common thread in all these uprisings. Rus Magnates, generally Rus princes such as Ostrogsky or Wisniowiecki (both Orthodox or Catholic) expanded their powers at the expense of both peasants and the lesser nobility, who were supposed to be legal equals. The peasants and lesser nobles resented this expansion of power and rebelled.

    Religion played a secondary role – sure, Wisniowiecki’s conversion was a good propaganda tool, but this wouldn’t explain the previous uprisings, nor all of those Orthodox fighting on the side of the Commonwealth.

    BTW there were also uprisings against the Tsars (Bulavin, Pugachev) – so as you see, no anti-Orthodox religious oppression was necessary for an uprising.

    fact is the sad result of Lithuanian invasion. Ruthenian Orthodox population was legally deprived of rights, and turned into inferior people

    As a result of Lithuanian invasion, Rus lands that had been invaded became the intellectual center of the Orthodox world. The Orthodox (noble) population enjoyed rights that their brothers in despotic Moscow did not have. The first printed Orthodox Bible was created within the Commonwealth, by a refugee from Moscow, who was financed by a Commonwealth loyalist. The best Orthodox schools were created within the Commonwealth. Orthodox monasteries flourished. Etc.

    So these people in general are despised and hated their Orthodox ex-countrymen,

    Which ones? Not Ostrogsky, the Commonwealth loyalist who was also the main supporter of Orthodoxy. Not Kysyl, the Orthodox governor of Kiev and member of the Commonwealth’s Senate who represnted the Commonwealth against Khmelytsky. Not Wisniowiecki, who financed and supported Orthodox monasteries and protected them from being looted by Khmelnytsky’s Cossack rebels.

    And why “ex-countrymen?” Wisniowiecki was the head of the organization of Rus magnates, kniazhata starozhytni. He was a Rus prince. You think that because he converted to Catholicism at age 20 after being enthralled by western Europe he was no longer a Rus prince?

    the laws clearly show the “General line”

    The laws you described were all from events following the uprising (the consequences of the Rus magnates losing to the Rus lesser nobles and peasants), and reflect the loss of many Rus lands and the threat of further Moscow expansion, not some sort of “general line.”

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    The driver was climate change. 1650 was the low point of the Little Ice Age. The English Civil War, the 30 Years war and the K rebellion all took place in this context. Unfortunately, most history is written from a nationalist perspective and international similarities are not part of the narrative or explanation. The use of muskets as weapons might have been a factor too. Archers were skilled professionals with years of training. Musketeers could be trained in weeks. Easier to go to war.
  99. AP says:
    @Mr. Hack
    Here’s a summation of the Ukrainian experience within it’s Lithuanian and later Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth periods. We’re talking about a long period of history that was far from static:

    Algirdas unified the Lithuanian territories and waged war to enlarge his realm, making it one of the largest European states of his day. In 1345, after capturing Vilnius, Algirdas became the grand duke of Lithuania. Thereafter, he gradually annexed the larger part of the Ukrainian territories. At first, in about 1355, Algirdas won the Chernihiv land and Novhorod-Siverskyi land from the Golden Horde. In 1363 he defeated the Tatar army at a crucial battle at Syni Vody which, in practice, freed Ukraine from Tatar hegemony. He then annexed the Kyiv land and soon after he added Podilia and the Pereiaslav land to his domain. Algirdas waged a successful war over Volhynia against the Polish king Casimir III the Great and left him with only the Belz land and the Kholm region in Ukraine. Algirdas succeeded in unifying all of the Belarusian and most of the Ukrainian territories under the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. His respect for Ukrainian culture and the Ukrainian church won him the loyalty of the Ukrainian people as well as of the Ukrainian princes and magnates, who helped to administer the state. Algirdas left some of the Ukrainian territories he annexed under the care of the Ukrainian princes of the Riurykide dynasty; others he granted to his relatives. During his reign the Ukrainian (Ruthenian) language became an official language of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania…UNION OF LUBLIN. A union agreement between the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland, signed on 1 July 1569 at a joint assembly of Lithuanian and Polish deputies in Lublin. The treaty gave birth to a single state, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, with a common elected monarch combining the offices of the Polish king and the Lithuanian grand duke, a common diet and senate, a joint foreign policy, and one monetary system. The Grand Duchy preserved its autonomy with its own laws, government, administration, courts, army, and finances. The treaty was signed by Lithuania at a time when it needed Polish help in its war against Muscovy. For Poland the treaty provided a means of acquiring some Lithuanian territory. Under the treaty Poland (the Polish crown) obtained the Ukrainian territories of Podlachia, Volhynia, Podilia, the Bratslav region, and the Kyiv region. The nobility of those territories were given the same rights and privileges as the Polish nobility. The Grand Duchy retained, apart from Lithuanian territory, Belarus and the Berestia land and Pynsk region. Thus the union gave Poland control over a large part of Ukrainian territory, where it proceeded to subjugate and exploit the indigenous population. As a result of the Union of Lublin, the Lithuanian-Ruthenian state of the 13th to 16th centuries ceased to exist…

     

    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/History.asp#Topic_8

    Decent summary, but not free of Ukrainian nationalist contamination – “Thus the union gave Poland control over a large part of Ukrainian territory, where it proceeded to subjugate and exploit the indigenous population.”

    The “subjugation and exploitation” was mostly the initiative of the of native Rus princes, not of Poles. Moroever, the phenomenon was rather universal. At the same time, in Muscovy, peasants and lesser nobles were also being increasingly dominated and subjugated – in the case of nobles, with epic brutality.

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  100. @AP
    Decent summary, but not free of Ukrainian nationalist contamination - "Thus the union gave Poland control over a large part of Ukrainian territory, where it proceeded to subjugate and exploit the indigenous population."

    The "subjugation and exploitation" was mostly the initiative of the of native Rus princes, not of Poles. Moroever, the phenomenon was rather universal. At the same time, in Muscovy, peasants and lesser nobles were also being increasingly dominated and subjugated - in the case of nobles, with epic brutality.

    and now: ukro-polish naz-srach, please.

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  101. Mr. Hack says:

    The “subjugation and exploitation” was mostly the initiative of the of native Rus princes, not of Poles.

    Most of whom that had forsaken their own language and religion in favor of a foreign, imperial one. Doing so made life at the court easier and more profitable in the long run, intermarriage within prominent Polish noble families another avenue to acceptance within Polish society. Wisnowiecky was considered a ‘patriot’ by his Polish noble peers, not so by 99.99% of his Ukrainian countrymen. He did indeed play a duplicitous political game of offering some support to a few Orthodox churches and monasteries as you point out, however his motives for doing so didn’t seem to be genuinely out of respect for the religion of his ancestors, but one of expediency and a nod to the status quo of the areas that he controlled. His own conversion to Roman Catholocism was an affront to the status and place of his famous Orthodox cleric uncle, Petro Mohyla, and his ‘support’ of these few Orthodox churches was most likely some form of personal penance for what was considered a great betrayal by his Orthodox subjects. In a time when religion was often a real marker in the national debate, Wisnowiecky’s desire to rise up the social latter prompted his conversion and solidified his station within his social class.

    Is it really empty ‘nationalist history’ to point out that during this early modern period, Ukraine’s chances to evolve as a nation state were seriously hampered because it had lost its own native upper classes to foreign interests?

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    Most of whom that had forsaken their own language and religion in favor of a foreign, imperial one.
     
    The process of increase in power followed by rebellion began before conversion to Catholicism, however. And the same process occurred in Muscovy, where the elite were not converting. Therefore, the main process was economic and involving class stratification rather than national, contrary to modern nationalist historians who project national struggles backwards.

    Wisnowiecky was considered a ‘patriot’ by his Polish noble peers, not so by 99.99% of his Ukrainian countrymen.
     
    Plenty of Rus Orthodox fought alongside Wisnowiecki (while more registered Cossacks switched sides far from all did). The Khmelytski uprising was Rus Orthodox + Poles + German mercenaries vs. Rus Orthodox + Tatars.

    He did indeed play a duplicitous political game of offering some support to a few Orthodox churches and monasteries as you point out, however his motives for doing so didn’t seem to be genuinely out of respect for the religion of his ancestors
     
    How do you know what his motives were?

    Although he personally converted to Catholicism, after having studied in western Europe and having been impressed by the high level of culture he found there, there is no evidence that he was some sort of Catholic zealot. He continued to support Orthodox institutions and allied with Orthodox in supporting a Protestant candidate for the Polish throne. As the Den article states, it is likely that he was simply opposed to rebellion and illegality, as well as alliance with heathen Tatars.

    Also - you seem to minimize his support for Orthodox churches and monasteries. He spent lavishly on them - as well as on the Kiev Academy, whose students continued to express gratitude for his help.

    Wisnowiecki was indeed brutal to the rebels he could find, and their bitter enemy (as had been the Orthodox magnate Ostrogski, who tortured to death emissaries from Zaporizhia). But he also protected Orthodox monasteries form looting by Cossacks. Plokhy mentions that Cossacks were even slaughtering Orthodox monks. And the Cossacks unleashed the Tatars upon Ukraine - during the uprising estimated 200,000 Rus people were captured and sent into slavery.

    His own conversion to Roman Catholocism was an affront to the status and place of his famous Orthodox cleric uncle Petro Mohyla
     
    You don't think that people have the right to personally choose their faith? Wisnowiecki was raised in part by his Catholic uncle. His conversion coincided after a trip not to Poland but to Western Europe (Italy). It may have been like the conversion of Volodymyr of Kiev - who was dazzled by the Greek faith and chose it (but unlike Volodymyr, who then forced the foreign Greek faith upon the Slavs he ruled, Wisnowiecki continued to support the Orthodox). It doesn't look like a purely calculated political move.

    Anyways, a perspective different from yours:

    https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/day-after-day/pilgrimage-stepan-bandera-and-jeremi-wisniowiecki

    But, in reality, he was a Ukrainian prince, for the term “Ruthenian” was interpreted at the time almost as the term “Ukrainian” is now. Jeremi was a Ruthenian voivode for some time. That voivodeship embraced the territory of what is now Galicia. He also made a sizable contribution to defending the Ukrainian lands from the Tatars and developing economic entities on the Ukrainian Left Bank. Although converted to Catholicism, Jeremi cared about Orthodox monasteries, sponsored Orthodox Church publications, and helped his relative, Kyiv Metropolitan Petro Mohyla.

    Yes, he was an enemy of Bohdan Khmelnytsky. But could it have been otherwise if this Cossack hetman’s people had defiled the prince’s estate? Besides, Khmelnytsky brought the Tatars to the Ukrainian land, and they fought against Jarema. It is also questionable that the Battle of Berestechko was an encounter between the Ukrainian and Polish armies and that this battle was an illustrious victory of the Polish arms. The Tatars, who made up a major part of Bohdan Khmelnytsky’s army, harbored no warm feelings towards the Ukrainians and plundered our land. They went to war for the sake of loot. Conversely, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s army comprised a lot of Ukrainians. After all, Jeremi Wisniowiecki, who secured the victory of the royal troops, was not and did not consider himself Polish. The so-called uprising headed by Khmelnytsky resembled a civil war in many respects.
  102. AP says:
    @Mr. Hack

    The “subjugation and exploitation” was mostly the initiative of the of native Rus princes, not of Poles.
     
    Most of whom that had forsaken their own language and religion in favor of a foreign, imperial one. Doing so made life at the court easier and more profitable in the long run, intermarriage within prominent Polish noble families another avenue to acceptance within Polish society. Wisnowiecky was considered a 'patriot' by his Polish noble peers, not so by 99.99% of his Ukrainian countrymen. He did indeed play a duplicitous political game of offering some support to a few Orthodox churches and monasteries as you point out, however his motives for doing so didn't seem to be genuinely out of respect for the religion of his ancestors, but one of expediency and a nod to the status quo of the areas that he controlled. His own conversion to Roman Catholocism was an affront to the status and place of his famous Orthodox cleric uncle, Petro Mohyla, and his 'support' of these few Orthodox churches was most likely some form of personal penance for what was considered a great betrayal by his Orthodox subjects. In a time when religion was often a real marker in the national debate, Wisnowiecky's desire to rise up the social latter prompted his conversion and solidified his station within his social class.

    Is it really empty 'nationalist history' to point out that during this early modern period, Ukraine's chances to evolve as a nation state were seriously hampered because it had lost its own native upper classes to foreign interests?

    Most of whom that had forsaken their own language and religion in favor of a foreign, imperial one.

    The process of increase in power followed by rebellion began before conversion to Catholicism, however. And the same process occurred in Muscovy, where the elite were not converting. Therefore, the main process was economic and involving class stratification rather than national, contrary to modern nationalist historians who project national struggles backwards.

    Wisnowiecky was considered a ‘patriot’ by his Polish noble peers, not so by 99.99% of his Ukrainian countrymen.

    Plenty of Rus Orthodox fought alongside Wisnowiecki (while more registered Cossacks switched sides far from all did). The Khmelytski uprising was Rus Orthodox + Poles + German mercenaries vs. Rus Orthodox + Tatars.

    He did indeed play a duplicitous political game of offering some support to a few Orthodox churches and monasteries as you point out, however his motives for doing so didn’t seem to be genuinely out of respect for the religion of his ancestors

    How do you know what his motives were?

    Although he personally converted to Catholicism, after having studied in western Europe and having been impressed by the high level of culture he found there, there is no evidence that he was some sort of Catholic zealot. He continued to support Orthodox institutions and allied with Orthodox in supporting a Protestant candidate for the Polish throne. As the Den article states, it is likely that he was simply opposed to rebellion and illegality, as well as alliance with heathen Tatars.

    Also – you seem to minimize his support for Orthodox churches and monasteries. He spent lavishly on them – as well as on the Kiev Academy, whose students continued to express gratitude for his help.

    Wisnowiecki was indeed brutal to the rebels he could find, and their bitter enemy (as had been the Orthodox magnate Ostrogski, who tortured to death emissaries from Zaporizhia). But he also protected Orthodox monasteries form looting by Cossacks. Plokhy mentions that Cossacks were even slaughtering Orthodox monks. And the Cossacks unleashed the Tatars upon Ukraine – during the uprising estimated 200,000 Rus people were captured and sent into slavery.

    His own conversion to Roman Catholocism was an affront to the status and place of his famous Orthodox cleric uncle Petro Mohyla

    You don’t think that people have the right to personally choose their faith? Wisnowiecki was raised in part by his Catholic uncle. His conversion coincided after a trip not to Poland but to Western Europe (Italy). It may have been like the conversion of Volodymyr of Kiev – who was dazzled by the Greek faith and chose it (but unlike Volodymyr, who then forced the foreign Greek faith upon the Slavs he ruled, Wisnowiecki continued to support the Orthodox). It doesn’t look like a purely calculated political move.

    Anyways, a perspective different from yours:

    https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/day-after-day/pilgrimage-stepan-bandera-and-jeremi-wisniowiecki

    But, in reality, he was a Ukrainian prince, for the term “Ruthenian” was interpreted at the time almost as the term “Ukrainian” is now. Jeremi was a Ruthenian voivode for some time. That voivodeship embraced the territory of what is now Galicia. He also made a sizable contribution to defending the Ukrainian lands from the Tatars and developing economic entities on the Ukrainian Left Bank. Although converted to Catholicism, Jeremi cared about Orthodox monasteries, sponsored Orthodox Church publications, and helped his relative, Kyiv Metropolitan Petro Mohyla.

    Yes, he was an enemy of Bohdan Khmelnytsky. But could it have been otherwise if this Cossack hetman’s people had defiled the prince’s estate? Besides, Khmelnytsky brought the Tatars to the Ukrainian land, and they fought against Jarema. It is also questionable that the Battle of Berestechko was an encounter between the Ukrainian and Polish armies and that this battle was an illustrious victory of the Polish arms. The Tatars, who made up a major part of Bohdan Khmelnytsky’s army, harbored no warm feelings towards the Ukrainians and plundered our land. They went to war for the sake of loot. Conversely, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s army comprised a lot of Ukrainians. After all, Jeremi Wisniowiecki, who secured the victory of the royal troops, was not and did not consider himself Polish. The so-called uprising headed by Khmelnytsky resembled a civil war in many respects.

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  103. AP says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    and now: ukro-polish naz-srach, please.

    Swine reacts to pearls.

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    Pearls? Don't sell yourself short. Those are real diamonds, you dumped there.
  104. @AP
    Swine reacts to pearls.

    Pearls? Don’t sell yourself short. Those are real diamonds, you dumped there.

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  105. @Kamran
    Apologies for going off-topic, Tolya, but I would just like to ask Andrei something. I would have sent this directly to him if there was a messaging system on Unz.

    Dear Andrei, you wrote in a previous comment on another thread that you finished your higher education in Baku in the Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU), but I couldn't find any links about it in Russian or English. Naturally I am very interested as I was born in Baku! I would also like to know more about about your specialization, if it is possible for you to divulge much about it.

    "EDUCATION
    1980-1985
    Caspian High Naval Red Banner Academy of S.M. Kirov (KVVMKU im. Kirova), now defunct, Baku, USSR. Navigational Faculty. Master Of Science, Naval Engineering, Specialist in Gyro-Inertial Navigational Complexes of Naval Strategic Missile Systems (focus on strategic missile submarines of projects 667B-BD, NATO: SSBNs Delta I & II class). Secondary specialty: commanding officer tactical units of naval infantry (marines). Undergraduate degree in Military Sciences."

    Edit: I did find this bit of internet history: https://ok.ru/video/31053253346

    Any in with the Navigator factory in Saratov. There was a whole complex of optoelectronic industries making guidance systems there. In the 1990′s, I sold devices made in Saratov to the Indians pace program for remote sensing of fishing fleets and weather. I shipped them via the UK. Two lots of export control tests. 65 different documents in multiple,we copies.

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  106. @Sean

    If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic. Preferably something with original texts and documents directly referred to and quoted in the text.
     
    https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/revisiting-the-icon-and-the-axe-and-its-impact-russian-studies

    It all depends n which monk wrote it down 200 years later. Like Vladimir’s baptism on Roman I!perusal territory in Crimea. And so he was a Prince not a king.

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  107. @inertial
    Yes, but the meaning of Rus/Ruotsi is an occupation - rowers - not an ethnic designation. All kind of groups were rowing around the Baltic at the time. Rurik could've been a Scandinavian, or an Obotrite, or some other kind Western Slav, or even a Celt (there are some who argue for this last exotic theory.) Some sort of a Scandinavian is the way to bet, of course, but likely not a Swede. The chronicler says that the Rus was a whole separate tribe "like the Danes, or the Swedes, or the Friesians, or the English," and that the the whole tribe came over with Rurik.

    Ultimately, it doesn't matter who the Rus were. More important is who called them. It was a confederation of five tribes: one Slavic (the most numerous, I think,) one half-Slavic, half-Baltic, and three Finno-Ugric. With the Rus as their military leaders, they formed the nucleus of a new nation. They adopted the name Rus almost immediately, so it came to mean the whole people, not just the original Rurik's tribe.

    There is (very) slight evidence for medieval brythons (Welsh near as not) heading to Byzantium and then North during the Saxon invasion English Saxons did so later after the Norman invasion.. There is real evidence for one of the figures that became King Arthur commanding amgroup of Alan’s on Hadrian’s wall in the UK. Celts not impossible.

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  108. @AP

    Principality on the territory of modern Ukraine and Belarus turned into a Polish colony, the local elite was replaced by the Polish elite
     
    Local rulers were mostly the same Rus nobility. There was not much replacement. Much of the native elite converted to Catholicism but maintained their Rus identity.

    Did you know that the supreme commander of Rzeczpospolita forces against Muscovy was a Rurikid prince, Konstanty Ostrogski?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstanty_Ostrogski

    Khmelyntski's uprising was in essence a civil war of Ukrainian (Little Russian) peasants and lower nobles against Ukrainian magnates.

    Peasants were treated no more badly in Poland-Lithuania than under Moscow - they were treated about equally badly in both places; not much difference. But nobles were treated much better in Rzeczpospolita than under Moscow, and overall level of civilization was much higher. So the claim that "Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars" is nonsense unless you view everything as some sort of strict Orthodox nationalist.

    Didn’t Khlemnitski (I see so many spellings), sell peasants by the tens of thousands to his Tartar allies to finance the war? Cossacks and peasants did not love each other.

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    I think that's a myth. He did, however, bring his Tatar allies into Ukraine, and they did a lot of slave-raiding and plundering while there. His nemesis Jeremi Wiśniowiecki had been a Tatar-fighter who kept the Tatars out of Ukraine; Khmelnytsky's alliance with the Tatars probably further pushed Wiśniowiecki's buttons.
  109. @AP

    The Khmelnytsky uprising (which was preceded by 5 or 6 failed uprisings) was the consequence (not the cause ) of the religious oppression of the Orthodox population
     
    Wrong. As we have seen from prior examples, earlier uprisings involved Orthodox Rus magnates crushing previous uprisings. Even in the Khmelytskly uprising, the main enemy of Khmelytsky, while a convert to Catholicism himself, was also a builder and sponsor of Orthodox churches and monasteries. In fact, while Khmelnytsky's troops looted Orthodox monasteries, the convert Wisniowiecki protected them. Who was the governor of Kiev whom Khmelytsky drove out? An Orthodox Rus, Adam Kysil.

    Let me repeat: the main enemy of the Cossacks during the Kosinsky uprising was also the main sponsor of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

    These contradictions are too serious and widespread to ignore or dismiss. They are not mere "nuance."

    Therefore, the primary cause of these conflicts was not religion, but class. It's the common thread in all these uprisings. Rus Magnates, generally Rus princes such as Ostrogsky or Wisniowiecki (both Orthodox or Catholic) expanded their powers at the expense of both peasants and the lesser nobility, who were supposed to be legal equals. The peasants and lesser nobles resented this expansion of power and rebelled.

    Religion played a secondary role - sure, Wisniowiecki's conversion was a good propaganda tool, but this wouldn't explain the previous uprisings, nor all of those Orthodox fighting on the side of the Commonwealth.

    BTW there were also uprisings against the Tsars (Bulavin, Pugachev) - so as you see, no anti-Orthodox religious oppression was necessary for an uprising.

    fact is the sad result of Lithuanian invasion. Ruthenian Orthodox population was legally deprived of rights, and turned into inferior people
     
    As a result of Lithuanian invasion, Rus lands that had been invaded became the intellectual center of the Orthodox world. The Orthodox (noble) population enjoyed rights that their brothers in despotic Moscow did not have. The first printed Orthodox Bible was created within the Commonwealth, by a refugee from Moscow, who was financed by a Commonwealth loyalist. The best Orthodox schools were created within the Commonwealth. Orthodox monasteries flourished. Etc.

    So these people in general are despised and hated their Orthodox ex-countrymen,
     
    Which ones? Not Ostrogsky, the Commonwealth loyalist who was also the main supporter of Orthodoxy. Not Kysyl, the Orthodox governor of Kiev and member of the Commonwealth's Senate who represnted the Commonwealth against Khmelytsky. Not Wisniowiecki, who financed and supported Orthodox monasteries and protected them from being looted by Khmelnytsky's Cossack rebels.

    And why "ex-countrymen?" Wisniowiecki was the head of the organization of Rus magnates, kniazhata starozhytni. He was a Rus prince. You think that because he converted to Catholicism at age 20 after being enthralled by western Europe he was no longer a Rus prince?

    the laws clearly show the “General line”
     
    The laws you described were all from events following the uprising (the consequences of the Rus magnates losing to the Rus lesser nobles and peasants), and reflect the loss of many Rus lands and the threat of further Moscow expansion, not some sort of "general line."

    The driver was climate change. 1650 was the low point of the Little Ice Age. The English Civil War, the 30 Years war and the K rebellion all took place in this context. Unfortunately, most history is written from a nationalist perspective and international similarities are not part of the narrative or explanation. The use of muskets as weapons might have been a factor too. Archers were skilled professionals with years of training. Musketeers could be trained in weeks. Easier to go to war.

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  110. AP says:
    @Philip Owen
    Didn't Khlemnitski (I see so many spellings), sell peasants by the tens of thousands to his Tartar allies to finance the war? Cossacks and peasants did not love each other.

    I think that’s a myth. He did, however, bring his Tatar allies into Ukraine, and they did a lot of slave-raiding and plundering while there. His nemesis Jeremi Wiśniowiecki had been a Tatar-fighter who kept the Tatars out of Ukraine; Khmelnytsky’s alliance with the Tatars probably further pushed Wiśniowiecki’s buttons.

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  111. Something funny?

    Bottom-feeding Proglodyte scum vs garbage can.

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  112. @Parbes
    "Pop and consumer culture were immense....the nation was extremely educated and, actually, life in USSR wasn’t that bad–people wanted more....In 1960s, 70s and 80s it was different and it, actually, had real talents, especially in pop-music. It started to degenerate in earnest by the late 1980s."

    So, then, according to what you're saying: The Soviet (and especially Russian) people destroyed their own powerful, secure, respected country (in which life "wasn't bad" at all) with their own hands and plunged themselves into a decades-long, disastrous downward spiral (which might yet end with their destruction by their enemies), for the sake of trying to "merge and become partners" with the West that was producing this Pop Culture - JUST AS this Pop Culture was already starting to degenerate and was on its way out!

    Wow...What MONUMENTAL STUPIDITY. No other nation, in either recent or historical memory, has done anything this monumentally stupid. Couldn't they have waited a bit more??? It seems to me that, the supposedly "extremely educated" Soviet people were, in fact, not very ***SMART*** at all!

    Ironic, isn’t it? The truth is that you are 100% correct. It is what happened on all levels. Perestrika was totally uncalled for as there was no existential crisis, just problems of growth and issues which arise from time to time with every growing organism. Life indeed not only was not bad but was consistently improving. Probably not as fast as people wanted but anyway. I will not go deep into what I think of intellectual level of the top leadership that failed to see the gap between ideological rigidity and changing times and mood and failed to act accordingly. Generally speaking Soviet people wanted it all and now . Both security and all social things provided by state which were a lot and would cost an arm and leg in the west and western consumption. Results is here for all to see. People of the former is have got neither. I always loved Pushkin fairy tales. This case is straight from ” old fisherman and Golden fish” with former Soviet people being proverbal old woman from this tale. Another irony would be that we’re soviet leadership and people calm, patient and consistent the West would go busy, as the fall of the eastern block was what saved the west providing necessary resources which had been all used up by 2000′s hence we see what,’ s going on now. Going bust eventually.

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    One more thing that should not be forgotten that Soviet people and leadership and so called elites were ready to betray sacrifice by previous and still alive generations and history to get that material stuff. Smereing and rewriting of own history is continuing. I see nothing good until it is over. One who does not respect oneself does not deserve respect from others. As Roman topic was touched in the article, it is hard to imagine Romans to smere own history or themseves and own heroes like Soviet people did. Even losers of the battle of cannae were accepted with open arms and thanked for not disparing on republic.
  113. @Sergey Krieger
    Ironic, isn't it? The truth is that you are 100% correct. It is what happened on all levels. Perestrika was totally uncalled for as there was no existential crisis, just problems of growth and issues which arise from time to time with every growing organism. Life indeed not only was not bad but was consistently improving. Probably not as fast as people wanted but anyway. I will not go deep into what I think of intellectual level of the top leadership that failed to see the gap between ideological rigidity and changing times and mood and failed to act accordingly. Generally speaking Soviet people wanted it all and now . Both security and all social things provided by state which were a lot and would cost an arm and leg in the west and western consumption. Results is here for all to see. People of the former is have got neither. I always loved Pushkin fairy tales. This case is straight from " old fisherman and Golden fish" with former Soviet people being proverbal old woman from this tale. Another irony would be that we're soviet leadership and people calm, patient and consistent the West would go busy, as the fall of the eastern block was what saved the west providing necessary resources which had been all used up by 2000's hence we see what,' s going on now. Going bust eventually.

    One more thing that should not be forgotten that Soviet people and leadership and so called elites were ready to betray sacrifice by previous and still alive generations and history to get that material stuff. Smereing and rewriting of own history is continuing. I see nothing good until it is over. One who does not respect oneself does not deserve respect from others. As Roman topic was touched in the article, it is hard to imagine Romans to smere own history or themseves and own heroes like Soviet people did. Even losers of the battle of cannae were accepted with open arms and thanked for not disparing on republic.

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    "One more thing that should not be forgotten that Soviet people and leadership and so called elites were ready to betray sacrifice by previous and still alive generations and history to get that material stuff. Smereing and rewriting of own history is continuing."

    Exactly! And I think the real question here is: WHY?? WHY, and HOW, could a nation which was literally on top of the world in the second half of the 20th century, which was one of the two global superpowers and had EVERYTHING going for it, put on such an incredible dunce cap and act with such suicidal, monumental idiocy, destroying itself and turning into a literal disaster zone in the space of just a few years? This needs to be analyzed thoroughly, and in an objective (not ideological or demagogic) manner - something that still has not been done properly, in my opinion. Unless the people of Russia can come to grips with, and overcome, this cognitive/emotional defect in their national psyche - a defect which still persists today, in a form nearly as bad as in late Soviet times - their future will not be very bright either.

    P.S.: You really need to improve your English writing skills a little bit more, my friend.
  114. @Andrei Martyanov

    So, then, according to what you’re saying: The Soviet (and especially Russian) people destroyed their own powerful, secure, respected country (in which life “wasn’t bad” at all) with their own hands and plunged themselves into a decades-long, disastrous downward spiral (which might yet end with their destruction by their enemies), for the sake of trying to “merge and become partners” with the West that was producing this Pop Culture – JUST AS this Pop Culture was already starting to degenerate and was on its way out!
     
    "Elites" certainly did. One of them is still around, if you know what I mean. And so are many of the so called "nationalists" who, quoting Alexander Zinovyev, "aimed at communism but hit Russia"(c)--a perfect encapsulation of the events. Truth is, however, that the attempts on "restoration" were made in 1993, and in 1996 when Zyuganov won elections but was forced to "abdicate". Yes, a national catastrophe ensued with, by different estimates (one such estimate was made last year at Orthodox-Patriotic Forum in Stavropol), total human costs of around 18 million people either dead or not born as a direct result of "reforms". GULAG Archipelago? Really? In some places depopulation is still startling even today. Then, there is a much more sinister ideological subplot to all this calamity with, effectively, Foreign Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence concepts of undeniably needed reforms clashing. Foreign Intelligence won. Today, Counter-Intelligence stands vindicated and triumphant. Yet, there is a silver lining to this too--a very powerful immunization against demagogues and faux-scholars was achieved.

    Andrei, you mentioned intelligence. Is this really beyond speculations as a fact? As gorbachob or some other members of the top leadership recruited? For me frankly it makes no sense. It is like Emperor giving up the crown to peddle mjles or pizza in this case. For me it always looked like fools more dangerous than enemy proverb. I had second thoughts after reading Yakovlev. Due to your contacts you might have information others do not.

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  115. When an author says “there are different kinds of patriotism” that always sets alarm bells ringing in my head. He’s going to claim that what everybody regards as patriotism isn’t “real” patriotism and that “real” patriotism is something that nobody but himself regards as patriotism but which conveniently supports his pre-ordained conclusion. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the word “Kiev” appears seven times in the article! Clearly, what the author is seeking to do is to deny the existence of the Ukrainian people and, by extension, deny their right to a sovereign nation-state. The pseudo-historical discourse is just an elaborate pretext for making that, essentially racist, argument and no time needs to be wasted on it. The maps of Muscovy, Kievan Rus and the Khanate of Crimea in Wikipedia put rather a different light on things. Indeed, by the author’s reasoning, Russia has absolutely no claim to Crimea! In any event, I don’t see the relevance of things that happened centuries to present-day European politics. Today, there’s an ethnic group that call themselves Russians, an ethnic group that call themselves Ukrainians, an ethnic group that call themselves Belarusians and there’s an ethnic group that call themselves Poles and, in accordance with the principal of the sovereign nation-state, which is the fundamental building block of the modern European political order, none of those groups can claim the right to subjugate any of the others and what might or might not have happened centuries ago is wholly irrelevant to that. The contrast is between the modern, 21st century concept of the sovereign nation-state and Putin’s attempt to resurrect the pre-1789 concept of “spheres of influence”. Incidentally, that author torpedoes his own argument by reminding us that the name “France” comes from the Franks, a Germanic people. By the author’s logic, therefore, Germany should be entitled to annex France! The French might not agree! Finally, one might wonder why a mere translator feels the need to conceal his real identity.

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    The pseudo-historical discourse is just an elaborate pretext for making that, essentially racist, argument and no time needs to be wasted on it. The maps of Muscovy, Kievan Rus and the Khanate of Crimea in Wikipedia put rather a different light on things. Indeed, by the author’s reasoning, Russia has absolutely no claim to Crimea! In any event, I don’t see the relevance of things that happened centuries to present-day European politics.


    “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

    ― William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

  116. @Mao Cheng Ji
    Nationalism based on glorious past is dangerous shit. The recent past (100-200 years, at most) could be relevant I suppose, although it needn't be romanticized and obsessed-about either. Beyond that, it's just cultist-style bullshit.

    “dangerous” yes and probably all the more so when rooted in a distant past because then pretty well mythical but unfalsifiable and proof against mere fact. But there sre surely exceptions in the sense that traditions and distinctive habits of mind which can be traced back 500 years and more clearly shape behaviour today.

    Amongst modern people the Japanese stand out. And a lot of tribal cultures enjoyed continuity going back for many centuries at least until well into the 20th century, did they not?

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    Amongst modern people the Japanese stand out. And a lot of tribal cultures enjoyed continuity going back for many centuries at least until well into the 20th century, did they not?
     
    Is it true? I seem to (vaguely) remember seeing some youtube animation of the Japanese history, with 3 different ethnic groups invading and dominating each other, back and forth. Or something like that.

    in the sense that traditions and distinctive habits of mind which can be traced back 500 years and more clearly shape behaviour today
     
    Like what? Name one ethnic tradition you follow that can be traced back 500 years?
  117. iffen says:
    @Michael Kenny
    When an author says “there are different kinds of patriotism” that always sets alarm bells ringing in my head. He’s going to claim that what everybody regards as patriotism isn’t “real” patriotism and that “real” patriotism is something that nobody but himself regards as patriotism but which conveniently supports his pre-ordained conclusion. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the word “Kiev” appears seven times in the article! Clearly, what the author is seeking to do is to deny the existence of the Ukrainian people and, by extension, deny their right to a sovereign nation-state. The pseudo-historical discourse is just an elaborate pretext for making that, essentially racist, argument and no time needs to be wasted on it. The maps of Muscovy, Kievan Rus and the Khanate of Crimea in Wikipedia put rather a different light on things. Indeed, by the author’s reasoning, Russia has absolutely no claim to Crimea! In any event, I don’t see the relevance of things that happened centuries to present-day European politics. Today, there’s an ethnic group that call themselves Russians, an ethnic group that call themselves Ukrainians, an ethnic group that call themselves Belarusians and there’s an ethnic group that call themselves Poles and, in accordance with the principal of the sovereign nation-state, which is the fundamental building block of the modern European political order, none of those groups can claim the right to subjugate any of the others and what might or might not have happened centuries ago is wholly irrelevant to that. The contrast is between the modern, 21st century concept of the sovereign nation-state and Putin’s attempt to resurrect the pre-1789 concept of “spheres of influence”. Incidentally, that author torpedoes his own argument by reminding us that the name “France” comes from the Franks, a Germanic people. By the author’s logic, therefore, Germany should be entitled to annex France! The French might not agree! Finally, one might wonder why a mere translator feels the need to conceal his real identity.

    The pseudo-historical discourse is just an elaborate pretext for making that, essentially racist, argument and no time needs to be wasted on it. The maps of Muscovy, Kievan Rus and the Khanate of Crimea in Wikipedia put rather a different light on things. Indeed, by the author’s reasoning, Russia has absolutely no claim to Crimea! In any event, I don’t see the relevance of things that happened centuries to present-day European politics.

    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

    ― William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

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  118. @Andrei Martyanov

    But I’m not sure Pop Culture’s role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture
     
    Russia is Western, however on the fringe, nation in its foundation, China is not. What resonates in Russia does not necessarily resonate in China. Pop and consumer culture were immense, together with distillation of the best West's art classics. E.g. Soviet TV versions of Lope de Vega or of Shakespeare, or even Conan Doyle with Russian pair of Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson being accepted by British themselves as the best, and the list goes on and on--all that was huge, precisely because the nation was extremely educated and, actually, life in USSR wasn't that bad--people wanted more.

    Also, let’s keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.
     
    In 1960s, 70s and 80s it was different and it, actually, had real talents, especially in pop-music. It started to degenerate in earnest by the late 1980s.

    Music was good, no doubt. We got beaten in that department. I suspect that neither Russian language nor background could lead to this kind of music. Russian, good Russian music is basically a soul music not rythmical but flowing.it what basically was since 30′s till 70′s. For me it was just a music but for many a window into alternative reality.

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  119. Parbes says:
    @Sergey Krieger
    One more thing that should not be forgotten that Soviet people and leadership and so called elites were ready to betray sacrifice by previous and still alive generations and history to get that material stuff. Smereing and rewriting of own history is continuing. I see nothing good until it is over. One who does not respect oneself does not deserve respect from others. As Roman topic was touched in the article, it is hard to imagine Romans to smere own history or themseves and own heroes like Soviet people did. Even losers of the battle of cannae were accepted with open arms and thanked for not disparing on republic.

    “One more thing that should not be forgotten that Soviet people and leadership and so called elites were ready to betray sacrifice by previous and still alive generations and history to get that material stuff. Smereing and rewriting of own history is continuing.”

    Exactly! And I think the real question here is: WHY?? WHY, and HOW, could a nation which was literally on top of the world in the second half of the 20th century, which was one of the two global superpowers and had EVERYTHING going for it, put on such an incredible dunce cap and act with such suicidal, monumental idiocy, destroying itself and turning into a literal disaster zone in the space of just a few years? This needs to be analyzed thoroughly, and in an objective (not ideological or demagogic) manner – something that still has not been done properly, in my opinion. Unless the people of Russia can come to grips with, and overcome, this cognitive/emotional defect in their national psyche – a defect which still persists today, in a form nearly as bad as in late Soviet times – their future will not be very bright either.

    P.S.: You really need to improve your English writing skills a little bit more, my friend.

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    We do not have enough information with a lot of speculations available online. However my guess would be wrong people in wrong places, people without merit and of limited mental capacity and with major character flaws at the very pinacle of power, lack of checks and balances and too much power vested in general Secretary position and peculiarities of national character. It was also inconsivable for say Roman patricians or high placed plebean nobels to admire all things Greek to the point of prostituting oneself due to Greeks superiority in all things material, phylosophical and scientific. They enjoyed the fruit but despised contemporary greeks.
  120. @Andrei Martyanov

    But I’m not sure Pop Culture’s role was that important. After all, China opened up to Western Culture
     
    Russia is Western, however on the fringe, nation in its foundation, China is not. What resonates in Russia does not necessarily resonate in China. Pop and consumer culture were immense, together with distillation of the best West's art classics. E.g. Soviet TV versions of Lope de Vega or of Shakespeare, or even Conan Doyle with Russian pair of Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson being accepted by British themselves as the best, and the list goes on and on--all that was huge, precisely because the nation was extremely educated and, actually, life in USSR wasn't that bad--people wanted more.

    Also, let’s keep in mind that Pop Culture had a destabilizing effect on the West as well. It is bringing down the white race and Western Civilization with Negromania.
     
    In 1960s, 70s and 80s it was different and it, actually, had real talents, especially in pop-music. It started to degenerate in earnest by the late 1980s.

    Music was good, no doubt. We got beaten in that department. I suspect that neither Russian language nor background could lead to this kind of music. Russian, good Russian music is basically a soul music not rythmical but flowing.it what basically was since 30′s till 70′s. For me it was just a music but for many a window into alternative reality.

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  121. yeah says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    Nationalism based on glorious past is dangerous shit. The recent past (100-200 years, at most) could be relevant I suppose, although it needn't be romanticized and obsessed-about either. Beyond that, it's just cultist-style bullshit.

    “Nationalism based on glorious past is dangerous shit”

    No, it is not. At worst it is potentially dangerous, just as gasoline is potentially dangerous.

    At best, and I suspect in most normal times, nationalism is but the love of one’s community, one’s language, one’s land, one’s cultural heritage, and one’s inner sense of being. Not only is it not dangerous, it is much to be lauded. Its lack is what we see in today’s globalized world. “Stop being Russian, (or Chinese or German or Japanese or whatever)” in order that you may embrace your new identity as a global citizen, or as a gay, or anything else from the globalist’s assortment of identities. Now that is what I call truly dangerous shit.

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  122. @Parbes
    "One more thing that should not be forgotten that Soviet people and leadership and so called elites were ready to betray sacrifice by previous and still alive generations and history to get that material stuff. Smereing and rewriting of own history is continuing."

    Exactly! And I think the real question here is: WHY?? WHY, and HOW, could a nation which was literally on top of the world in the second half of the 20th century, which was one of the two global superpowers and had EVERYTHING going for it, put on such an incredible dunce cap and act with such suicidal, monumental idiocy, destroying itself and turning into a literal disaster zone in the space of just a few years? This needs to be analyzed thoroughly, and in an objective (not ideological or demagogic) manner - something that still has not been done properly, in my opinion. Unless the people of Russia can come to grips with, and overcome, this cognitive/emotional defect in their national psyche - a defect which still persists today, in a form nearly as bad as in late Soviet times - their future will not be very bright either.

    P.S.: You really need to improve your English writing skills a little bit more, my friend.

    We do not have enough information with a lot of speculations available online. However my guess would be wrong people in wrong places, people without merit and of limited mental capacity and with major character flaws at the very pinacle of power, lack of checks and balances and too much power vested in general Secretary position and peculiarities of national character. It was also inconsivable for say Roman patricians or high placed plebean nobels to admire all things Greek to the point of prostituting oneself due to Greeks superiority in all things material, phylosophical and scientific. They enjoyed the fruit but despised contemporary greeks.

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    • Replies: @MarkinPNW
    This discussion between Sergey and Parbes reminds me of the claims of Soviet KGB defector Bezmenov.

    If I remember right, he claimed that the Soviet Bolsheviks through their intelligence agencies such as the KGB were deliberately trying to destroy the culture and morality of the West to weaken and destroy it.

    How ironic, if true, that the success of those efforts boomeranged back onto the Soviet Union with those corrupted Western values then infecting and corrupting the Soviet Union.
  123. @Wizard of Oz
    "dangerous" yes and probably all the more so when rooted in a distant past because then pretty well mythical but unfalsifiable and proof against mere fact. But there sre surely exceptions in the sense that traditions and distinctive habits of mind which can be traced back 500 years and more clearly shape behaviour today.

    Amongst modern people the Japanese stand out. And a lot of tribal cultures enjoyed continuity going back for many centuries at least until well into the 20th century, did they not?

    Amongst modern people the Japanese stand out. And a lot of tribal cultures enjoyed continuity going back for many centuries at least until well into the 20th century, did they not?

    Is it true? I seem to (vaguely) remember seeing some youtube animation of the Japanese history, with 3 different ethnic groups invading and dominating each other, back and forth. Or something like that.

    in the sense that traditions and distinctive habits of mind which can be traced back 500 years and more clearly shape behaviour today

    Like what? Name one ethnic tradition you follow that can be traced back 500 years?

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    How about an educated middle class young woman explaining just after her uncle had come in, gone first briefly to pay respect to ancestors at the Buddhist shrine in an alcove of the dining room, then with the greatestest warmth and joviality of demeanour approached his brother bowing sevefal times, that the Shinto shrine on top of a cupboard in the kitchen was something she would honour (how often she didn't say) by a clasp of het hands and bowing of her head? Then there is the apparent underlying attitude that only Japanese belong to the same species which is consistent with their total rejection of multiculturalism and zero quota for refugees. The young lady in question met a charismatic foreigner when on holiday abroad and married him which her family and friends all seem to adapt to happily but that may have been behaviour mediated by long tradition too.

    I don't think Japan had been invaded for over 1000 years before 1945 so I think those three different ethnic groups had much influence in the ĺast 500 years.

    As for Australian Aborigines - and other hunter gatherer people without a written language, the 500 years would be only a small part of the continuous rituals for living in a substantially unchanging environment.

    , @Daniel Chieh
    Japan's pretty unique. No one else has managed to keep an single bloodline on the monarchy for that long, even if it is for show.
  124. @Mao Cheng Ji

    Amongst modern people the Japanese stand out. And a lot of tribal cultures enjoyed continuity going back for many centuries at least until well into the 20th century, did they not?
     
    Is it true? I seem to (vaguely) remember seeing some youtube animation of the Japanese history, with 3 different ethnic groups invading and dominating each other, back and forth. Or something like that.

    in the sense that traditions and distinctive habits of mind which can be traced back 500 years and more clearly shape behaviour today
     
    Like what? Name one ethnic tradition you follow that can be traced back 500 years?

    How about an educated middle class young woman explaining just after her uncle had come in, gone first briefly to pay respect to ancestors at the Buddhist shrine in an alcove of the dining room, then with the greatestest warmth and joviality of demeanour approached his brother bowing sevefal times, that the Shinto shrine on top of a cupboard in the kitchen was something she would honour (how often she didn’t say) by a clasp of het hands and bowing of her head? Then there is the apparent underlying attitude that only Japanese belong to the same species which is consistent with their total rejection of multiculturalism and zero quota for refugees. The young lady in question met a charismatic foreigner when on holiday abroad and married him which her family and friends all seem to adapt to happily but that may have been behaviour mediated by long tradition too.

    I don’t think Japan had been invaded for over 1000 years before 1945 so I think those three different ethnic groups had much influence in the ĺast 500 years.

    As for Australian Aborigines – and other hunter gatherer people without a written language, the 500 years would be only a small part of the continuous rituals for living in a substantially unchanging environment.

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    I'm not really familiar with Japan, never been there; sounds like they did manage to preserve their 'civilization' (as Dugin would call it). Still, even there, looking back further than 200 years probably amounts to creating myths and legends.

    Anyway, Japan is an island, a bunch of islands in the middle of nowhere. In Europe, middle east, north Africa - cultural far-removed past is just completely meaningless, imo. Too much migration, mixing and matching, wars, genocides, god knows what.

    I once talked to a guy in mountain Adjaria, which used to be occupied and assimilated by either Muslim Turks or Christian Georgians, changing every few decades. In the end, he said, they learned to build churches that could easily pass for mosques when Turks come. Same with the rituals, dialects, and so on. That's an extreme case, of course, but it kinda demonstrates the general idea.
  125. MarkinPNW says:
    @Sergey Krieger
    We do not have enough information with a lot of speculations available online. However my guess would be wrong people in wrong places, people without merit and of limited mental capacity and with major character flaws at the very pinacle of power, lack of checks and balances and too much power vested in general Secretary position and peculiarities of national character. It was also inconsivable for say Roman patricians or high placed plebean nobels to admire all things Greek to the point of prostituting oneself due to Greeks superiority in all things material, phylosophical and scientific. They enjoyed the fruit but despised contemporary greeks.

    This discussion between Sergey and Parbes reminds me of the claims of Soviet KGB defector Bezmenov.

    If I remember right, he claimed that the Soviet Bolsheviks through their intelligence agencies such as the KGB were deliberately trying to destroy the culture and morality of the West to weaken and destroy it.

    How ironic, if true, that the success of those efforts boomeranged back onto the Soviet Union with those corrupted Western values then infecting and corrupting the Soviet Union.

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    Never heard of him. However values that we were learning since early age by any means were far superior and more human than what was and especially goes under values nowdays. The problem is that the path of virtue is always far harder to follow than the path of sin and egoism.add to this dumb policies by later Soviet government and here we go. Soviet people only saw the glossy part never seeing the ugly underwear of the west and even when told truth they did not believe until they learned it first hand. I was among those who never bought into western values and cherished ours. I advice to watch Soviet era cartoons and movies to see for yourself sort of values that were considered laudable.
  126. @Mao Cheng Ji

    Amongst modern people the Japanese stand out. And a lot of tribal cultures enjoyed continuity going back for many centuries at least until well into the 20th century, did they not?
     
    Is it true? I seem to (vaguely) remember seeing some youtube animation of the Japanese history, with 3 different ethnic groups invading and dominating each other, back and forth. Or something like that.

    in the sense that traditions and distinctive habits of mind which can be traced back 500 years and more clearly shape behaviour today
     
    Like what? Name one ethnic tradition you follow that can be traced back 500 years?

    Japan’s pretty unique. No one else has managed to keep an single bloodline on the monarchy for that long, even if it is for show.

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  127. Ondrej says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    So, then, according to what you’re saying: The Soviet (and especially Russian) people destroyed their own powerful, secure, respected country (in which life “wasn’t bad” at all) with their own hands and plunged themselves into a decades-long, disastrous downward spiral (which might yet end with their destruction by their enemies), for the sake of trying to “merge and become partners” with the West that was producing this Pop Culture – JUST AS this Pop Culture was already starting to degenerate and was on its way out!
     
    "Elites" certainly did. One of them is still around, if you know what I mean. And so are many of the so called "nationalists" who, quoting Alexander Zinovyev, "aimed at communism but hit Russia"(c)--a perfect encapsulation of the events. Truth is, however, that the attempts on "restoration" were made in 1993, and in 1996 when Zyuganov won elections but was forced to "abdicate". Yes, a national catastrophe ensued with, by different estimates (one such estimate was made last year at Orthodox-Patriotic Forum in Stavropol), total human costs of around 18 million people either dead or not born as a direct result of "reforms". GULAG Archipelago? Really? In some places depopulation is still startling even today. Then, there is a much more sinister ideological subplot to all this calamity with, effectively, Foreign Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence concepts of undeniably needed reforms clashing. Foreign Intelligence won. Today, Counter-Intelligence stands vindicated and triumphant. Yet, there is a silver lining to this too--a very powerful immunization against demagogues and faux-scholars was achieved.

    My hypotheses is following for whole Eastern block – first some commonalities

    - Russia and countries of Central Europe had similar history – both empires Russian and Austro-Hungary monarchy collapsed for similar reasons..

    - both were multinational empires with overwhelming majority of Slavic nations, elites were western oriented, often towards germany (even Rumania was still huge Slavic element until 19. century)

    - first part of 20. century there was battle agains german domination, finalized by 2. war.

    - contrary to official propaganda of socialistic internationalism all countries where in fact nationalistic – especially after 2. war

    - socialy conservative, nationalistic with aim of social justice

    - then came anti conservative revolution in whole Europe in sixties together with new musical style

    - Slavic nations being European always were open and accepted other cultures embraced new style and anti conservative movement (I recall it from 70.-80. everybody had kind of enough old tranditional Slavic music)

    - students and young generation in West must end revolt and adjust to system, and to survive in fact betray their ideals, of anti-system anti-conservative revolution (from their anti system values – kept only part and became nowadays liberals..

    - on contrary at East you did not need to cooperate with system that much, so there was plenty of young people with long hairs – symbol of independence in Easter countries, unless they were openly anti-system, they could live decently in internal exile and be free,
    due to minimum incentive >> small differences in wages they were not that easily corrupted by system, so continue to be in opposition to system – which was socially conservative but were egalitarian

    - due to iron wall many believed and find out what is in movies from West to be attractive, on other hand Eastern movies and tv was more boring (translate closer – in fact – to real life) in comparison to western production, but they did make judgment by eastern standards applying them on western production…

    - changes in Eastern block were initially going for many to make system even more free and less socially rigid and outcome we know..

    I agree with Zinovjev very unique coincidence of different factors..

    But in whole in Central and Eastern block, as it is usual in Slavic countries over whole history, when crisis is coming people are going back to roots and Nationalism is again back even in different forms across Poland, Hungary, Balkan, even in Ukraine…

    Question is as usually who will be uniting factor? Russia, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Czechia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Baltic countries, Germans ?? That is question. All of them already had that role in past history..

    I forgot, my apology goes for Slovakia – their turn is now;-) They are Central (Central Europe), closer idealy in middle of Poland, Czechia, Ukraine, – not far from Russia many of share ancestors wish Hungary, mentality exactly in middle of all;-)

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    Slovakia – their turn is now;-)

    Didn't the idea that peace could be had by rotating the political top dog slot among different ethnicities in the Balkans suffer a massive failure a few years ago?
  128. @Wizard of Oz
    How about an educated middle class young woman explaining just after her uncle had come in, gone first briefly to pay respect to ancestors at the Buddhist shrine in an alcove of the dining room, then with the greatestest warmth and joviality of demeanour approached his brother bowing sevefal times, that the Shinto shrine on top of a cupboard in the kitchen was something she would honour (how often she didn't say) by a clasp of het hands and bowing of her head? Then there is the apparent underlying attitude that only Japanese belong to the same species which is consistent with their total rejection of multiculturalism and zero quota for refugees. The young lady in question met a charismatic foreigner when on holiday abroad and married him which her family and friends all seem to adapt to happily but that may have been behaviour mediated by long tradition too.

    I don't think Japan had been invaded for over 1000 years before 1945 so I think those three different ethnic groups had much influence in the ĺast 500 years.

    As for Australian Aborigines - and other hunter gatherer people without a written language, the 500 years would be only a small part of the continuous rituals for living in a substantially unchanging environment.

    I’m not really familiar with Japan, never been there; sounds like they did manage to preserve their ‘civilization’ (as Dugin would call it). Still, even there, looking back further than 200 years probably amounts to creating myths and legends.

    Anyway, Japan is an island, a bunch of islands in the middle of nowhere. In Europe, middle east, north Africa – cultural far-removed past is just completely meaningless, imo. Too much migration, mixing and matching, wars, genocides, god knows what.

    I once talked to a guy in mountain Adjaria, which used to be occupied and assimilated by either Muslim Turks or Christian Georgians, changing every few decades. In the end, he said, they learned to build churches that could easily pass for mosques when Turks come. Same with the rituals, dialects, and so on. That’s an extreme case, of course, but it kinda demonstrates the general idea.

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  129. @MarkinPNW
    This discussion between Sergey and Parbes reminds me of the claims of Soviet KGB defector Bezmenov.

    If I remember right, he claimed that the Soviet Bolsheviks through their intelligence agencies such as the KGB were deliberately trying to destroy the culture and morality of the West to weaken and destroy it.

    How ironic, if true, that the success of those efforts boomeranged back onto the Soviet Union with those corrupted Western values then infecting and corrupting the Soviet Union.

    Never heard of him. However values that we were learning since early age by any means were far superior and more human than what was and especially goes under values nowdays. The problem is that the path of virtue is always far harder to follow than the path of sin and egoism.add to this dumb policies by later Soviet government and here we go. Soviet people only saw the glossy part never seeing the ugly underwear of the west and even when told truth they did not believe until they learned it first hand. I was among those who never bought into western values and cherished ours. I advice to watch Soviet era cartoons and movies to see for yourself sort of values that were considered laudable.

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  130. melanf says:
    @AP

    1) As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression
     
    Serfs were still mostly Orthodox or Uniate (in which case they didn't feel much of a difference). They were not pogromed or persecuted for being Orthodox. Catholic serfs weren't treated any better.

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)
     
    Which amounted to the same thing. In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.

    Also - in many Rus lands, serfdom was lighter than in Poland, in order to attract peasant settlers.

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.
     
    Russia is a larger country and Rus lands in Ukraine were simply closer to the Tatars. But Tatars raided lands under Moscow plenty of times:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean%E2%80%93Nogai_raids_into_East_Slavic_lands#List_of_raids

    1521: In the summer of 1521 the Crimean Khan Mehmed Giray I led a huge Tatar horde on a major attack on Russia...According to the Ostrog Chronicle Muhammmed Giray "took more than 300,000 captives from Moscow." Sigismund von Herberstein wrote that the Crimean Khan "took away from Muscovy so many prisoners, it seems unbelievable. For they say that their number exceeded 800,000. He sold part of they to the Turks in the Caffa, others he slaughtered, such as the elderly and the infirm, who could not be sold for a high price and were unfit for labor and difficult to transport. These they gave to the young men like rabbits to hunting dogs for their first military practice. [I suspect the number is exaggerated]

    1571: Moscow burned; more than 30 cities looted, about 60,000 captives

    1592: In spring 80,000 Crimeans under Feti Giray and Bakht Giray went to Tula, Mikhailov, Dedilov, Venyov, Kashira and Ryazan and "took such a multitude of prisoners that the old people do not remember such wars." Using speed and surprise, the Tatars ravaged the regions close to the border and took many prisoners.

    Etc.

    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite – Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc
     
    From the perspective of the peasant - did it matter if a Russian lord forced him to work 4 days a week, forced his daughter to be a concubine, etc. or if a Polish lord did this?

    The Commonwealth ceased to exist at the time Pushkin and Glinka were writing. However, the Kiev Academy was probably the intellectual center of the Rus lands when it was part of the Commonwealth The Commonwealth produced the first printed Orthodox Church Slavonic Bible (in Lviv).

    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the “Polish” lands (after Partitions) were shorter then “great-russian” recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of “Polish” serfs).
     
    Page 93 has a list of recruit heights. There isn't much difference between enserfed Polish and Russian areas. The shortest recruits were from the Urals. Earlier page lists height of recruits ethnicity 1801-1861; Poles and Russians were the same height.

    In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.

    Let’s compare. In the 16th century Tsardom of Russia is no serfdom. In Poland/Lithuania serfdom legalized. In the 17th century in Tsardom of Russia introduced serfdom, but it is relatively soft, serfdom almost absent. In Poland/Lithuania is booming corvee system – Polish serfs sometimes were required to work 6 days per week for their masters.

    In the 18th century serfdom in Russia was strengthened (at the same time, the percentage of serfs in the General population decreases and the percentage of free peasants is growing). In the southern regions of Russia (in the landlords estates) dominated a system of corvee (in corvee estates lived about 45% of serfs of “Great Russia”, while in the West Russian lands almost all the landlord estates used corvee). To 1770 corvee in Russia usually was 2 days a week. 5 apr. 1797 in Russia was issued the Manifesto of three-day corvee prohibiting landlords used the serfs more than 3 days per week in their fields

    In Poland was legalized:
    «A tendency of increase in Socage (Corvee) was universal.
    In Poland Corvee was first insignificant; according to the statutes of 1519 and 1529. serfs were required to work 1 day per week in the wheat fields of the landowner, that is 52 days a year. But by 1550 Corvee was increased to three days a week, and by 1600, up to six days per week .»

    Fernand Braudel Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. III

    In addition it is necessary to take into account the relative number of serfs. In 1858, within the boundaries of Muscovy, serfs accounted for 36% of the population (free peasants 45%). In the Ruthenian lands of the serfs and the percentage was higher (50-60%). Of course, the proportion of serfs has varied over time (in Russia it decreased from the time of Peter the Great), but I think in General, the percentage of free peasantry in “Great Russia” was higher than in Western Russian lands.

    That is, in General, in the Western Russian lands, serfdom was more severe. Of course you can find minor points on which the Polish serfs had the advantage (and it is possible to find minor points on which the Russian serfs had the advantage). But the situation as a whole is determined by the system of Corvee, which in Poland was much more brutal.

    Found some info on Russian vs. Polish serfdom.
    Pg. 18. The book described several ways in which Russian serfdom was harsher (earlier in the 18th century Poland implemented some reforms):
    1. Polish serfs were actually tied to the land, while Russian ones could be sent away to Siberia, rented out, or given away (not in the source, but I recall some factories being operated by serfs)/

    1 point refers to “lesser factors.” Landlords could send peasants to Siberia, to trade them separately from the land, but these phenomena existed in homeopathic doses. At the same time, the peasants could escape from their landlords at any time, the process tacitly legitimized by the Tsar power (and severely constrained the landlords).

    2. According to the Commonwealth laws, serf work obligation was calculated based on size of land plots, Russian on number of peasants. So as land plots decreased, peasants were forced to give more to the lord on less land per peasant, leaving less for themselves..

    2 point is nonsense
    In Poland Commonwealth according to the statutes of 1600 serfs were required to work six days per week. That is legalized oppression of the peasant was almost unlimited

    3. In Russia peasants could not complain against their lords.

    3 point – an outright lie. Russian peasants could appeal to the court against their landlords (as in 1797, the peasants Komolowski estat around St. Petersburg have won a court case against their landlord)

    4. Switch to Russian rule meant increase in compulsory work by peasants..

    4 point in all probability is also an outright lie, but in any case this is out of the topic.

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    First you wrote, correctly, " Polish serfs sometimes were required to work 6 days per week for their masters"

    Then you switched to "In Poland Commonwealth according to the statutes of 1600 serfs were required to work six days per week. "

    I'm inclined to trust published academic sources (I provided them) vs. inconsistent claims by internet people.

    Also, your claim that serfdom was "almost absent" in 17th century Russia is..strange.

    In 1858, within the boundaries of Muscovy, serfs accounted for 36% of the population (free peasants 45%).
     
    I don't have time to check your numbers. Parts of Russia such as the North are not amenable to serfdom; other parts such as Siberia or the far east were settled later. A useful comparison would be of lands suitable for agriculture ruled by Moscow vs. part of the Commonwealth. Was serfdom lighter in Oryol vs. Poltava?
    , @melanf

    Also, your claim that serfdom was “almost absent” in 17th century Russia is..strange.
     
    It was a typo. Right "In the 17th century in Tsardom of Russia introduced serfdom, but it is relatively soft, corvee almost absent..".
  131. iffen says:
    @Ondrej
    My hypotheses is following for whole Eastern block - first some commonalities

    - Russia and countries of Central Europe had similar history - both empires Russian and Austro-Hungary monarchy collapsed for similar reasons..

    - both were multinational empires with overwhelming majority of Slavic nations, elites were western oriented, often towards germany (even Rumania was still huge Slavic element until 19. century)

    - first part of 20. century there was battle agains german domination, finalized by 2. war.

    - contrary to official propaganda of socialistic internationalism all countries where in fact nationalistic - especially after 2. war

    - socialy conservative, nationalistic with aim of social justice

    - then came anti conservative revolution in whole Europe in sixties together with new musical style

    - Slavic nations being European always were open and accepted other cultures embraced new style and anti conservative movement (I recall it from 70.-80. everybody had kind of enough old tranditional Slavic music)

    - students and young generation in West must end revolt and adjust to system, and to survive in fact betray their ideals, of anti-system anti-conservative revolution (from their anti system values - kept only part and became nowadays liberals..

    - on contrary at East you did not need to cooperate with system that much, so there was plenty of young people with long hairs - symbol of independence in Easter countries, unless they were openly anti-system, they could live decently in internal exile and be free,
    due to minimum incentive >> small differences in wages they were not that easily corrupted by system, so continue to be in opposition to system - which was socially conservative but were egalitarian

    - due to iron wall many believed and find out what is in movies from West to be attractive, on other hand Eastern movies and tv was more boring (translate closer - in fact - to real life) in comparison to western production, but they did make judgment by eastern standards applying them on western production...

    - changes in Eastern block were initially going for many to make system even more free and less socially rigid and outcome we know..

    I agree with Zinovjev very unique coincidence of different factors..

    But in whole in Central and Eastern block, as it is usual in Slavic countries over whole history, when crisis is coming people are going back to roots and Nationalism is again back even in different forms across Poland, Hungary, Balkan, even in Ukraine...

    Question is as usually who will be uniting factor? Russia, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Czechia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Baltic countries, Germans ?? That is question. All of them already had that role in past history..

    I forgot, my apology goes for Slovakia - their turn is now;-) They are Central (Central Europe), closer idealy in middle of Poland, Czechia, Ukraine, - not far from Russia many of share ancestors wish Hungary, mentality exactly in middle of all;-)

    Slovakia – their turn is now;-)

    Didn’t the idea that peace could be had by rotating the political top dog slot among different ethnicities in the Balkans suffer a massive failure a few years ago?

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    Slovakia – their turn is now;-)

    It was obviously not serious proposition. I do not see any political will, figure or aim there. Just if you look back in history other Slavic nations already had their share in history.

    For what I already mentioned you can add that Slovaks are Catholic nation, yet they have in their Coat of arms Byzantine Cross..

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Slovakia
  132. iffen says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    I did watch it, long ago. My only memory is that Omar Sharif is (was) a great actor.

    My only memory

    I see your major problem now. You have a faulty memory.

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  133. Ondrej says:
    @iffen
    Slovakia – their turn is now;-)

    Didn't the idea that peace could be had by rotating the political top dog slot among different ethnicities in the Balkans suffer a massive failure a few years ago?

    Slovakia – their turn is now;-)

    It was obviously not serious proposition. I do not see any political will, figure or aim there. Just if you look back in history other Slavic nations already had their share in history.

    For what I already mentioned you can add that Slovaks are Catholic nation, yet they have in their Coat of arms Byzantine Cross..

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Slovakia

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  134. melanf says:
    @AP

    If language and religion don’t matter, the dispute impossible.
     
    People are native whatever language or religion they choose.

    Brief summary: in the lands of “Kievan Rus” conquered by the Lithuanians (and then given to the poles), the nobility abandoned their own religion and their own language
     
    Catholic religion is universal. There were German Catholics, French Catholics, and Rus Catholics.

    As for language - like later educated Russian nobles who spoke French, these Rus nobles spoke Polish and Latin among themselves, Rusyn to their servants. This did not mean they ceased to consider themselves to be Rus or natives of their own lands.

    and began to consider themselves part of the “natione Poloni”.
     
    I quoted the entire phrase. Why do you write a half-truth? Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni. Rus people of the Polish nation. "Polish" was not understood in those times as in the 20th century.

    At the same time in the lands of “Kievan Rus” which retained its independence under the rule of Moscow, the nobility completely retained their own religion and language.
     
    There was a time when they spoke Tatar, according to Vernadsky. And eventually they moved on to French.

    Which option should be considered preferable? It’s a matter of taste of course, but to me the second option seems preferable
     
    You wrote, Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars.

    Rus people lived about as miserably if they were peasants, no matter who ruled over them. But Rus nobles and townspeople had better lives, were less oppressed, and enjoyed more rights than did their peers under the Tatars' and the Tsars. So overall the statement "Lithuanians as rulers turned out to be much much worse than Tatars" is false.

    At the same time in the lands of “Kievan Rus” which retained its independence under the rule of Moscow, the nobility completely retained their own religion and language.

    There was a time when they spoke Tatar, according to Vernadsky

    All surviving documents (Chronicles, wills, letters, religious literature) written in Russian. And please give the exact quote Vernadsky.

    And eventually they moved on to French.

    It is a myth. French, in any age owned a small minority of nobles.

    And most importantly, Pushkin (unlike most nobles) knew French, but wrote poems in the Russian language. Michał Kleofas Ogiński knew a Polish, and wrote in Polish. See the difference?

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    There was a time when they spoke Tatar, according to Vernadsky

    All surviving documents (Chronicles, wills, letters, religious literature) written in Russian. And please give the exact quote Vernadsky.
     

    Vernadsky, George. (1970). The Mongols and Russia. A History of Russia, Vol. III. New Haven: Yale University Press pp. 382-385

    "By 1450 the Tatar (Turkish) language had become fashionable at the court of Grand Duke Vasili II of Moscow, which was strongly resented by many of his opponents. Vasili II was accused of excessive love of the Tatars "and their speech"

    Vernadsky also states that many Russian noblemen adopted Tatar surnames (for example, a member of the Veliamanov family adopted the Turkic name "Aksak" and his descendents were the Aksakovs).

  135. Ondrej says:
    @Kamran
    Simply that nationalism is a reaction to attacks on community A (defined by ethnicity, religion, race, or social class) by community B (defined likewise). If community A is isolated from community B, then community A will soon start squabbling within itself. Only in the presence of a external threat does community A solidify and emerge as distinct group.

    In general, since the bronze age, these concentric circles have been expanding, from small city states to large regional kingdoms, to empires, to gigantic civilizational blocks like Christendom.

    In this particular case, I think the ethnogenesis of the Slavic peoples is quite recent (relatively speaking) at around 1,500 years ago. You can read old church slavonic and see that is quite close to proto-slavic. Slavic first split into West Slavic; which is now Polish, Czech and Slovak, and into East Slavic; which is now Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian, and into South Slavic; Serbo-Croat, etc.

    The original Russian state was centered on the the Golden Ring of Russian cities, northeast of Moscow. If anyone has any good reading material on the formation of the early Russian state, in Russian or English, please let me know, as I want to know more about this topic. Preferably something with original texts and documents directly referred to and quoted in the text.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Ring

    This quite a way from Kiev, where Kievan Rus

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27

    Most Russian nationalists want to unite the Ukrainians and Belarussians under the Moscow state, but why should they stop there? Poland, Czech Republic, and Yugoslavia are all Slavic peoples as well.

    N.B.: Я просто шучу Толя, давайте не будем вызывать у Поляков панику.

    Not sure if it will be interest, – but lot of is encoded in language itself.

    For information about Slavic languages I would recommend:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Jakobson

    The Kernel of Comparative Slavic Literature

    and prof. Zaliznijak for Russian:

    a lot of interesting you can find out about his research of Novgorod Gramotas..

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  136. melanf says:
    @AP

    1) As far as I know, the serf actually better off under the tsars

    in Poland to economic oppression were added religious oppression
     
    Serfs were still mostly Orthodox or Uniate (in which case they didn't feel much of a difference). They were not pogromed or persecuted for being Orthodox. Catholic serfs weren't treated any better.

    2) In the Polish lands, serfs had to work Socage (compulsory work on the landlord). On the lands of the Russian realm, this practice was not common (instead, the peasants paid the landlord part of their income)
     
    Which amounted to the same thing. In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.

    Also - in many Rus lands, serfdom was lighter than in Poland, in order to attract peasant settlers.

    3) the Army of centralized Russian realm was much more effective, and better protected the peasants from the Tatars and other enemies.
     
    Russia is a larger country and Rus lands in Ukraine were simply closer to the Tatars. But Tatars raided lands under Moscow plenty of times:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean%E2%80%93Nogai_raids_into_East_Slavic_lands#List_of_raids

    1521: In the summer of 1521 the Crimean Khan Mehmed Giray I led a huge Tatar horde on a major attack on Russia...According to the Ostrog Chronicle Muhammmed Giray "took more than 300,000 captives from Moscow." Sigismund von Herberstein wrote that the Crimean Khan "took away from Muscovy so many prisoners, it seems unbelievable. For they say that their number exceeded 800,000. He sold part of they to the Turks in the Caffa, others he slaughtered, such as the elderly and the infirm, who could not be sold for a high price and were unfit for labor and difficult to transport. These they gave to the young men like rabbits to hunting dogs for their first military practice. [I suspect the number is exaggerated]

    1571: Moscow burned; more than 30 cities looted, about 60,000 captives

    1592: In spring 80,000 Crimeans under Feti Giray and Bakht Giray went to Tula, Mikhailov, Dedilov, Venyov, Kashira and Ryazan and "took such a multitude of prisoners that the old people do not remember such wars." Using speed and surprise, the Tatars ravaged the regions close to the border and took many prisoners.

    Etc.

    But my argument was quite different. In Russian realm the peasants fed their own Russian elite – Russian poet Pushkin, Russian composer Glinka, Russian painter Venetsianov, etc
     
    From the perspective of the peasant - did it matter if a Russian lord forced him to work 4 days a week, forced his daughter to be a concubine, etc. or if a Polish lord did this?

    The Commonwealth ceased to exist at the time Pushkin and Glinka were writing. However, the Kiev Academy was probably the intellectual center of the Rus lands when it was part of the Commonwealth The Commonwealth produced the first printed Orthodox Church Slavonic Bible (in Lviv).

    As far as I know, the recruits taken into the Russian army from the “Polish” lands (after Partitions) were shorter then “great-russian” recruits (which apparently was the result of poor nutrition of “Polish” serfs).
     
    Page 93 has a list of recruit heights. There isn't much difference between enserfed Polish and Russian areas. The shortest recruits were from the Urals. Earlier page lists height of recruits ethnicity 1801-1861; Poles and Russians were the same height.

    Russia is a larger country and Rus lands in Ukraine were simply closer to the Tatars. But Tatars raided lands under Moscow plenty of times:

    Of course, but in General, Moscow militarily were stronger. If you count all the wars with Poland/Lithuania: Russian realm 10 wars won and 3 lost.

    According to this, in General, the Moscow government is better
    defended his subjects from the enemy

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    Of course, but in General, Moscow militarily were stronger. If you count all the wars with Poland/Lithuania: Russian realm 10 wars won and 3 lost.

    According to this, in General, the Moscow government is better
    defended his subjects from the enemy
     
    Moscow won the war against Germany but suffered 20+ million deaths. Winning a war doesn't necessarily mean - people have been kept safe.

    Do you have evidence that the number of victims of Tatar slave raids was lower or even different in Moscow-ruled lands vs. within the Commonwealth? Winning more wars vs. the Commonwealth isn't evidence for that.
  137. melanf says:
    @AP
    Stavishche was a small town whose residents were slaughtered after their Cossacks had first slaughtered the Polish soldiers stationed there, after the town had earlier been spared.

    Novgorod was a major and historical city, the third largest under Moscow. The brutality it and the surrounding region experienced was incredible:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Novgorod#Ivan_in_Novgorod

    So - things were "much much better" for Rus people under the Tsar?

    Stavishche was a small town whose residents were slaughtered after their Cossacks had first slaughtered the Polish soldiers stationed there, after the town had earlier been spared.
    Novgorod was a major and historical city, the third largest under Moscow. The brutality it and the surrounding region experienced was incredible:

    In Novgorod, Ivan executed approximately 1,500 people. Czarnecki in some Stavishche probably destroyed more. And all victims of the Polish punitive expeditions to the “Ukraine”, several orders of magnitude more

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    In Novgorod, Ivan executed approximately 1,500 people. Czarnecki in some Stavishche probably destroyed more.
     
    The number executed doesn't include the thousands or perhaps tens of thousands who were killed when they were driven into the forest in winter, during the "pogrom" upon the merchant district, etc.

    Stavishche was destroyed during a war. It can be compared to the Russian destruction of Mazepa's capital. Novgorod was massacred during peace-time, at the whim of the despot. Under Moscow, Rus people could be expected to be massacred just for no reason, if their despot felt like doing so.
  138. AP says:
    @melanf

    Stavishche was a small town whose residents were slaughtered after their Cossacks had first slaughtered the Polish soldiers stationed there, after the town had earlier been spared.
    Novgorod was a major and historical city, the third largest under Moscow. The brutality it and the surrounding region experienced was incredible:
     
    In Novgorod, Ivan executed approximately 1,500 people. Czarnecki in some Stavishche probably destroyed more. And all victims of the Polish punitive expeditions to the "Ukraine", several orders of magnitude more

    In Novgorod, Ivan executed approximately 1,500 people. Czarnecki in some Stavishche probably destroyed more.

    The number executed doesn’t include the thousands or perhaps tens of thousands who were killed when they were driven into the forest in winter, during the “pogrom” upon the merchant district, etc.

    Stavishche was destroyed during a war. It can be compared to the Russian destruction of Mazepa’s capital. Novgorod was massacred during peace-time, at the whim of the despot. Under Moscow, Rus people could be expected to be massacred just for no reason, if their despot felt like doing so.

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  139. AP says:
    @melanf


    At the same time in the lands of “Kievan Rus” which retained its independence under the rule of Moscow, the nobility completely retained their own religion and language.
     
    There was a time when they spoke Tatar, according to Vernadsky
     
    All surviving documents (Chronicles, wills, letters, religious literature) written in Russian. And please give the exact quote Vernadsky.

    And eventually they moved on to French.
     
    It is a myth. French, in any age owned a small minority of nobles.

    And most importantly, Pushkin (unlike most nobles) knew French, but wrote poems in the Russian language. Michał Kleofas Ogiński knew a Polish, and wrote in Polish. See the difference?

    There was a time when they spoke Tatar, according to Vernadsky

    All surviving documents (Chronicles, wills, letters, religious literature) written in Russian. And please give the exact quote Vernadsky.

    Vernadsky, George. (1970). The Mongols and Russia. A History of Russia, Vol. III. New Haven: Yale University Press pp. 382-385

    “By 1450 the Tatar (Turkish) language had become fashionable at the court of Grand Duke Vasili II of Moscow, which was strongly resented by many of his opponents. Vasili II was accused of excessive love of the Tatars “and their speech”

    Vernadsky also states that many Russian noblemen adopted Tatar surnames (for example, a member of the Veliamanov family adopted the Turkic name “Aksak” and his descendents were the Aksakovs).

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  140. AP says:
    @melanf

    In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.
     
    Let's compare. In the 16th century Tsardom of Russia is no serfdom. In Poland/Lithuania serfdom legalized. In the 17th century in Tsardom of Russia introduced serfdom, but it is relatively soft, serfdom almost absent. In Poland/Lithuania is booming corvee system - Polish serfs sometimes were required to work 6 days per week for their masters.

    In the 18th century serfdom in Russia was strengthened (at the same time, the percentage of serfs in the General population decreases and the percentage of free peasants is growing). In the southern regions of Russia (in the landlords estates) dominated a system of corvee (in corvee estates lived about 45% of serfs of “Great Russia”, while in the West Russian lands almost all the landlord estates used corvee). To 1770 corvee in Russia usually was 2 days a week. 5 apr. 1797 in Russia was issued the Manifesto of three-day corvee prohibiting landlords used the serfs more than 3 days per week in their fields

    In Poland was legalized:
    «A tendency of increase in Socage (Corvee) was universal.
    In Poland Corvee was first insignificant; according to the statutes of 1519 and 1529. serfs were required to work 1 day per week in the wheat fields of the landowner, that is 52 days a year. But by 1550 Corvee was increased to three days a week, and by 1600, up to six days per week .»

    Fernand Braudel Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. III

    In addition it is necessary to take into account the relative number of serfs. In 1858, within the boundaries of Muscovy, serfs accounted for 36% of the population (free peasants 45%). In the Ruthenian lands of the serfs and the percentage was higher (50-60%). Of course, the proportion of serfs has varied over time (in Russia it decreased from the time of Peter the Great), but I think in General, the percentage of free peasantry in “Great Russia” was higher than in Western Russian lands.


    That is, in General, in the Western Russian lands, serfdom was more severe. Of course you can find minor points on which the Polish serfs had the advantage (and it is possible to find minor points on which the Russian serfs had the advantage). But the situation as a whole is determined by the system of Corvee, which in Poland was much more brutal.


    Found some info on Russian vs. Polish serfdom.
    Pg. 18. The book described several ways in which Russian serfdom was harsher (earlier in the 18th century Poland implemented some reforms):
    1. Polish serfs were actually tied to the land, while Russian ones could be sent away to Siberia, rented out, or given away (not in the source, but I recall some factories being operated by serfs)/

     

    1 point refers to "lesser factors." Landlords could send peasants to Siberia, to trade them separately from the land, but these phenomena existed in homeopathic doses. At the same time, the peasants could escape from their landlords at any time, the process tacitly legitimized by the Tsar power (and severely constrained the landlords).

    2. According to the Commonwealth laws, serf work obligation was calculated based on size of land plots, Russian on number of peasants. So as land plots decreased, peasants were forced to give more to the lord on less land per peasant, leaving less for themselves..
     
    2 point is nonsense
    In Poland Commonwealth according to the statutes of 1600 serfs were required to work six days per week. That is legalized oppression of the peasant was almost unlimited

    3. In Russia peasants could not complain against their lords.
     
    3 point - an outright lie. Russian peasants could appeal to the court against their landlords (as in 1797, the peasants Komolowski estat around St. Petersburg have won a court case against their landlord)

    4. Switch to Russian rule meant increase in compulsory work by peasants..
     
    4 point in all probability is also an outright lie, but in any case this is out of the topic.

    First you wrote, correctly, ” Polish serfs sometimes were required to work 6 days per week for their masters”

    Then you switched to “In Poland Commonwealth according to the statutes of 1600 serfs were required to work six days per week. ”

    I’m inclined to trust published academic sources (I provided them) vs. inconsistent claims by internet people.

    Also, your claim that serfdom was “almost absent” in 17th century Russia is..strange.

    In 1858, within the boundaries of Muscovy, serfs accounted for 36% of the population (free peasants 45%).

    I don’t have time to check your numbers. Parts of Russia such as the North are not amenable to serfdom; other parts such as Siberia or the far east were settled later. A useful comparison would be of lands suitable for agriculture ruled by Moscow vs. part of the Commonwealth. Was serfdom lighter in Oryol vs. Poltava?

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  141. AP says:
    @melanf

    Russia is a larger country and Rus lands in Ukraine were simply closer to the Tatars. But Tatars raided lands under Moscow plenty of times:
     
    Of course, but in General, Moscow militarily were stronger. If you count all the wars with Poland/Lithuania: Russian realm 10 wars won and 3 lost.

    According to this, in General, the Moscow government is better
    defended his subjects from the enemy

    Of course, but in General, Moscow militarily were stronger. If you count all the wars with Poland/Lithuania: Russian realm 10 wars won and 3 lost.

    According to this, in General, the Moscow government is better
    defended his subjects from the enemy

    Moscow won the war against Germany but suffered 20+ million deaths. Winning a war doesn’t necessarily mean – people have been kept safe.

    Do you have evidence that the number of victims of Tatar slave raids was lower or even different in Moscow-ruled lands vs. within the Commonwealth? Winning more wars vs. the Commonwealth isn’t evidence for that.

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  142. melanf says:
    @melanf

    In Polish lands in the 16th century, for example, serfs were required to work 2 days a week for their landlord. This number progressively increased and ill-treatment of serfs peaked in the 17th century, before reforms of the 18th century improved their lot. By the early 19th century, Russian serfs were required to work 4-6 days per week for their masters.
     
    Let's compare. In the 16th century Tsardom of Russia is no serfdom. In Poland/Lithuania serfdom legalized. In the 17th century in Tsardom of Russia introduced serfdom, but it is relatively soft, serfdom almost absent. In Poland/Lithuania is booming corvee system - Polish serfs sometimes were required to work 6 days per week for their masters.

    In the 18th century serfdom in Russia was strengthened (at the same time, the percentage of serfs in the General population decreases and the percentage of free peasants is growing). In the southern regions of Russia (in the landlords estates) dominated a system of corvee (in corvee estates lived about 45% of serfs of “Great Russia”, while in the West Russian lands almost all the landlord estates used corvee). To 1770 corvee in Russia usually was 2 days a week. 5 apr. 1797 in Russia was issued the Manifesto of three-day corvee prohibiting landlords used the serfs more than 3 days per week in their fields

    In Poland was legalized:
    «A tendency of increase in Socage (Corvee) was universal.
    In Poland Corvee was first insignificant; according to the statutes of 1519 and 1529. serfs were required to work 1 day per week in the wheat fields of the landowner, that is 52 days a year. But by 1550 Corvee was increased to three days a week, and by 1600, up to six days per week .»

    Fernand Braudel Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. III

    In addition it is necessary to take into account the relative number of serfs. In 1858, within the boundaries of Muscovy, serfs accounted for 36% of the population (free peasants 45%). In the Ruthenian lands of the serfs and the percentage was higher (50-60%). Of course, the proportion of serfs has varied over time (in Russia it decreased from the time of Peter the Great), but I think in General, the percentage of free peasantry in “Great Russia” was higher than in Western Russian lands.


    That is, in General, in the Western Russian lands, serfdom was more severe. Of course you can find minor points on which the Polish serfs had the advantage (and it is possible to find minor points on which the Russian serfs had the advantage). But the situation as a whole is determined by the system of Corvee, which in Poland was much more brutal.


    Found some info on Russian vs. Polish serfdom.
    Pg. 18. The book described several ways in which Russian serfdom was harsher (earlier in the 18th century Poland implemented some reforms):
    1. Polish serfs were actually tied to the land, while Russian ones could be sent away to Siberia, rented out, or given away (not in the source, but I recall some factories being operated by serfs)/

     

    1 point refers to "lesser factors." Landlords could send peasants to Siberia, to trade them separately from the land, but these phenomena existed in homeopathic doses. At the same time, the peasants could escape from their landlords at any time, the process tacitly legitimized by the Tsar power (and severely constrained the landlords).

    2. According to the Commonwealth laws, serf work obligation was calculated based on size of land plots, Russian on number of peasants. So as land plots decreased, peasants were forced to give more to the lord on less land per peasant, leaving less for themselves..
     
    2 point is nonsense
    In Poland Commonwealth according to the statutes of 1600 serfs were required to work six days per week. That is legalized oppression of the peasant was almost unlimited

    3. In Russia peasants could not complain against their lords.
     
    3 point - an outright lie. Russian peasants could appeal to the court against their landlords (as in 1797, the peasants Komolowski estat around St. Petersburg have won a court case against their landlord)

    4. Switch to Russian rule meant increase in compulsory work by peasants..
     
    4 point in all probability is also an outright lie, but in any case this is out of the topic.

    Also, your claim that serfdom was “almost absent” in 17th century Russia is..strange.

    It was a typo. Right “In the 17th century in Tsardom of Russia introduced serfdom, but it is relatively soft, corvee almost absent..”.

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    I'm not sure why you are focused on corvee (number of days obligated to work). Russian serfdom also included turning over a % of what was made..which also amounted to some % of time worked.

    BTW, and issue you ignored was the fact that within the Commonwealth serfdom was much lighter in many Rus lands than it was in Poland itself; Polish serfs were in a much worse position than were most Rus serfs:

    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CS%5CE%5CSerfdom.htm

    In the 16th and 17th centuries there were three distinct serfdom belts in Ukrainian territories. In Western Ukraine, where the filvarky were most developed, the peasants were exploited intensely and had the smallest allotments. In the middle belt, encompassing eastern Podilia and the northwestern Kyiv region, mixed (alodial and conditional) land tenure lasted longer, and the transition to filvarok farming was slower. The large landowners there were usually content to receive payment in kind, and the peasants were not completely or uniformly deprived of the right to own land. In the third belt, covering the lands along the Dnieper River and the Boh River in southwestern Ukraine, serfdom was difficult to impose: because of the proximity of the steppes and the constant danger of Tatar attack, the population was too mobile. North of the defensive line of castles many estates in the second and third belts offered 15-, 20-, or 30-year waivers from corvée or other obligations in order to attract and hold settlers.
  143. iffen says:

    WTF

    It’s been a thousand fucking years and you still can’t decide who the fuck is a Russian and who is not. Give the rest of the world a fucking break.

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  144. AP says:
    @melanf

    Also, your claim that serfdom was “almost absent” in 17th century Russia is..strange.
     
    It was a typo. Right "In the 17th century in Tsardom of Russia introduced serfdom, but it is relatively soft, corvee almost absent..".

    I’m not sure why you are focused on corvee (number of days obligated to work). Russian serfdom also included turning over a % of what was made..which also amounted to some % of time worked.

    BTW, and issue you ignored was the fact that within the Commonwealth serfdom was much lighter in many Rus lands than it was in Poland itself; Polish serfs were in a much worse position than were most Rus serfs:

    http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CS%5CE%5CSerfdom.htm

    In the 16th and 17th centuries there were three distinct serfdom belts in Ukrainian territories. In Western Ukraine, where the filvarky were most developed, the peasants were exploited intensely and had the smallest allotments. In the middle belt, encompassing eastern Podilia and the northwestern Kyiv region, mixed (alodial and conditional) land tenure lasted longer, and the transition to filvarok farming was slower. The large landowners there were usually content to receive payment in kind, and the peasants were not completely or uniformly deprived of the right to own land. In the third belt, covering the lands along the Dnieper River and the Boh River in southwestern Ukraine, serfdom was difficult to impose: because of the proximity of the steppes and the constant danger of Tatar attack, the population was too mobile. North of the defensive line of castles many estates in the second and third belts offered 15-, 20-, or 30-year waivers from corvée or other obligations in order to attract and hold settlers.

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