Ukrainian Culture: A Short History of the Cultural Life of the Ukrainian People


In the summer of 1918, Ivan Ogienko (1882–1972), a Ukrainian scientist and political, public, and ecclesiastical figure, became a founder and the first president of Kam'ianets'-Podil's'kyi state university (subsequently renamed after him). He later gave a course of lectures on Ukrainian culture at the university, on which this book is based. Part I concerns the history of the culture until the 17th century. It describes the territory of Ukraine, along with song, epic (Cossack) poems and other major literary works, the language, and architecture. Also discussed are Ukrainian law and its spread to Russia and developments in the church, science, philosophy and education. Part II describes the influence of Ukrainian culture on Russia. Part III is devoted to developments in literature, science, and democracy in the 18th and 19th centuries. Part IV describes the Ukrainian independence struggle, and the preservation of a national literary scene, the role of the church, and language. The book contains examples of the culture of ancient Ukraine and is complemented with thematic illustrations and examples of the old Moscow cursive script. Ivan Ogienko filled various high church posts in Ukraine and Poland and is best known today as Metropolitan Ilarion, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Winnipeg and All Canada.

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Publishing House of E. Cherepovskii, Kiev


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Українська культура : коротка історія культур. життя укр. Народа


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272 pages : illustrations with portraits

Last updated: February 12, 2013