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Author Prymak, Thomas M. (Thomas Michael), 1948- author
Title Ukraine, the Middle East, and the West / Thomas M. Prymak
Imprint Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press , [2021]
book jacket
 RCHSS Library  DK508.57.M628 P79 2021    AVAILABLE    30560400693070
Descript xiv, 306 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: Ukrainian History in Context -- One. A Complex History: Ukraine and the Dar al-Islam -- From Abbot Daniel to Count Potocki: Middle East Travel to 1800 -- From the "Emir" to the Metropolitan: Middle East Travel (1800-1914) -- Tatar Slave Raiding and Turkish Captivity in Ukrainian History and Legend -- Two. A People Finds Its Voice: Maksymovych and Shevchenko -- Maksymovych and the National Awakening -- Shamil, Shevchenko, and the Chef-d'oeuvre, "The Caucasus": A Poem as Seen from Afar -- Three. From Paris to Verkhivnia and the Sich: The French Connection -- All about Ève: The Realist Balzac's Ukrainian Dreamland -- La Guzla, Gogol, and the Cossacks: Prosper Mérimée Looks East -- Four. Contested Canvases: Rembrandt's Polish Rider and Repin's Satirical Cossacks -- Deciphering Rembrandt's Polish Rider -- Message to Mehmed: Repin Creates His Zaporozhian Cossacks -- Appendix A. Dmitrii E. Mishin on the "Saqaliba" in the Medieval Muslim World -- Appendix B. "Orientalisms" in Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian -- Appendix C. Shevchenko and the Muslims
"For decades, Ukrainian contacts with the outside world were minimal, impeded by politics, ideology, and geography. But prior to the Soviet period the country enjoyed diverse exchanges with, on the one hand, its Islamic neighbours, the Crimean Khanate and the Ottoman Empire, and, on the other, its central and western European neighbours, especially Poland and France. Thomas Prymak addresses geographical knowledge, international travel, political conflicts, historical relations with religiously diverse neighbours, artistic developments, and literary and language contacts to smash old stereotypes about Ukrainian isolation and tell a vivid and original story. The book treats a wide range of subjects, including Ukrainian travelers in the Middle East, from pilgrims to the Holy Land to political exiles in Turkey and Iran; Tartar slave raiding in Ukraine; the poetry of Taras Shevchenko and the Russian war against Imam Shamil in the High Caucasus; Ukrainian themes and the French writers Honoré de Balzac and Prosper Mérimée; Rembrandt's mysterious painting today titled The Polish Rider; and Ilya Repin's legendary painting of the Zaporozhian Cossacks writing their satirical letter mocking the Turkish sultan. Drawing together political and cultural history, languages and etymology, and folklore and art history, Ukraine, the Middle East, and the West is an original interdisciplinary study that reintroduces Ukraine's long-overlooked connections beyond Eastern Europe."-- Provided by publisher
Subject Ukraine -- Relations -- Middle East
Middle East -- Relations -- Ukraine
Ukraine -- Relations -- Europe, Western
Europe, Western -- Relations -- Ukraine
International relations in literature
International relations. fast (OCoLC)fst00977053
International relations in literature. fast (OCoLC)fst00977106
Middle East. fast (OCoLC)fst01241586
Ukraine. fast (OCoLC)fst01211738
Western Europe. fast (OCoLC)fst01272478
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