By Serhii Plokhy
Recognized as ferocious warriors, the Ukrainian Cossacks built their scuffling with abilities within the non secular wars opposed to the Tartars, Turks, Poles, and Russians. during this interesting research, Serhii Plokhy examines the ''confessionalization'' of spiritual lifestyles within the early glossy interval, exhibiting how Cossack involvement within the non secular fight among jap Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism assisted in shaping not just Ukrainian but in addition Russian and varnish cultural identities.
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Extra info for The Cossacks and Religion in Early Modern Ukraine
A. Golobutskii) Zaporozhskoe kazachestvo (Kyiv, ), pp. ‒. , pp. ‒; Natalia Iakovenko, Ukraïns’ka shliakhta z kintsia XIV do seredyny XVII st. (Volyn’ i Tsentral’na Ukraïna) (Kyiv, ), pp. ‒, ‒; Gordon, Cossack Rebellions, pp. ‒, . The role of the Polish nobility in the colonization of steppe Ukraine is discussed in Frank E. Sysyn, ‘The Problem of Nobilities in the Ukrainian Past: The Polish Period, ‒’ in Rethinking Ukrainian History, ed. Ivan L. Rudnytsky (Edmonton, ), pp.
Local officials entered their names in ‘registers’ and issued pay for services from the state treasury. 31 In , on the eve of the Union of Lublin between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Zygmunt August decided to create a standing Cossack army. 32 Judging by a later royal proclamation of June , a Cossack unit was eventually recruited. It was headed by the Polish nobleman Jan Badowski, who was not only to command the unit but also to administer justice to the enlisted Cossacks.
As this was not to the Cossacks’ liking, they sought to avoid the starostas’ castles as much as possible, establishing their own defenses, known as horodky (small forts) or sichi (fortified camps), in the areas of their activity. Given the dangers awaiting them in the steppe borderland, the tradesmen had to be well armed and prepared to defend themselves against Tatar attacks; often they engaged in steppe banditry themselves. Thus the distinction between Cossack warriors and tradesmen was rather arbitrary, and Cossacks could easily turn from one type of activity to the other.