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Children of Rus'Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation$
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Faith Hillis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452192

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452192.001.0001

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Children of Rus'

Faith Hillis

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter documents an ambitious effort to mobilize a nation in defense of the Russian empire, in the process emphasizing the significance of this event and the implications it holds for imperial history. On many counts, the southwestern borderlands of the empire, which stretched from the right bank (west side) of the Dnieper River to the border with the Habsburg empire, would seem an unlikely locale to give rise to a Russian nationalist imagination. Yet from the beginning, right-bank activists had insisted that their program would strengthen the Russian state by preserving the values on which it was founded, aligning it with the desires of the people it ruled, and enhancing its ability to compete with its rivals.

Keywords:   Russian empire, imperial history, right-bank activists, Russian nationalism, Russian state, Dnieper river

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