Who are the Rusyns? Are they a distinct people, or a branch of another nationality? Do they have their own languages, is their speech a mixture of various Slavic languages, or is it simply a dialect of Ukrainian or Russian? Is Byzantine Catholicism or is Orthodoxy their “true” faith? These are the kinds of questions that have been debated in Europe and America for the past century. This volume includes not only speeches and essays by Professor Paul Robert Magocsi, but also the polemical debates by others that oppose or support the Rusyn idea.
Of the Making of Nationalities, Volume II, features:
- an introduction by the Danish anthropologist, Tom Trier;
- the Markus-Magocsi debate about The Shaping of a National Identity and the responses of 16 Rusyn, Ukrainian, Czech, and Slovak scholars and community activists;
- proposal for Rusyn-Ukrainian cooperation in the United States with comments by Orest Subtelny, Orestes Mihaly, Bohdan Wytwycky, and Rev. Ewan Lowing, among others;
- the Lemko question and critique by Frank Sysyn;
- the debate about the post-Communist national revival among Rusyns between Magocsi and scholars in Slovakia and Poland;
- the Magocsi-Bishop Losten exchange on the status of the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Mukachevo;
- 3 historiographic studies on literature dealing with Carpatho-Rusyns;
- a complete list of Professor Magocsi’s writings about Carpatho-Rusyns.