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Encyclopedia of Rusyn history and culture
Magocsi, Paul R.
Publication Information:
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiii, 520 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
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DJK28.R87 E53 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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The Carpatho-Rusyns are central European people, numbering approximately 1.2 million, who live within the borders of five states: Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, and Hungary. They have never had a state of their own. Disregarded and suppressed by most governments that ruled over them in the past, the Rusyn people have had to fight to retain their identity, culture, and language. This work is an attempt to redress the loss of historical memory and knowledge caused by decades of repression by investigating and explaining the historical past and culture of Rusyns in all countries where they live, including immigrant communities in the United States, Canada, and Yugoslavia.

The encyclopedia contains over 1,100 alphabetically arranged entries in areas such as individuals, organizations, political parties, periodicals, historical terms, geographic regions, historical events, and on themes such as architecture, archaeology, cinema, communism, ethnography, geneaology, geography and economy, historiography, history, the internet, language, literature, nationalism, printing and publishing, and radio and television. The first encyclopedic work on Rusyns to appear in English, this book has laready proven to be an indispensable resource for European and Slavic studies specialists, and for general readers interested in international relations and nationalism.

The Revised and Expanded Edition has been fully updated: New data and references have been provided for most existing entries ans many entirely new entries have been added.

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Choice Review

The Rusyns (or Carpatho-Rusyns) are a stateless people numbering about 1.2 million in Central and Eastern Europe and thousands in the US and elsewhere. Their numbers and status have been uncertain over the centuries because various governments have suppressed Rusyn national identity, culture, and language, and assimilation pressures from more dominant groups are strong. Arguments continue among politicians and scholars over whether the Rusyns are indeed a unique ethnic group or a subgroup of another culture (a variant of Ukrainian is often argued). This important encyclopedia pulls together entries on history, culture, politics, and ethnography to aid in understanding Rusyns as a unique ethnic group. Entries include biographies both of Rusyns who established or promoted Rusyn history and culture and of other people or governments that suppressed the Rusyn desire for an independent state. The editors, who are included in the biographical entries, are perhaps the two leading scholars in Rusyn studies. Magocsi has written over 200 publications on the Carpatho-Rusyns and is the founding president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society; Pop is a leading scholar on Rusyn history who has come into conflict with the Ukrainian government over efforts to establish a Rusyn state within Ukraine. The volume contains no index, but cross-referencing is extensive. Summing Up: Recommended. Slavic and immigration history collections. T. Miller Michigan State University