“A magisterial work … that moves the Rusyns from the margins of history to the center of historical events in the region.”
Piotr Wrobel, University of Toronto Quarterly
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, genealogy, 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 already 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 and many entirely new entries have been added. This includes 31 new biographical entries on Carpatho-Rusyn activists and on figures like Iosif Stalin, Miklós Worthy, and members of the Hapsburg family who had an impact on Carpatho-Rusyn history. It also updates entries on peoples who have interacted in the past and present with Carpatho-Rusyns, including Avars, Bulgarians, Czechs, Germans, Roma, Jews, Hungarians, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Slovaks, Ukrainians, Vlachs, and White Croats.