Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The People from Nowhere: An Illustrated History of Carpatho-Rusyns

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The People from Nowhere: An Illustrated History of Carpatho-Rusyns

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Magocsi, Paul Robert The People from Nowhere: An Illustrated History of Carpatho-Rusyns. Commentary to illustrations by Valerii Padiak. (Uzhorod, Ukraine: V. Padiak Publishers. Distributed by Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center, 5304 Perry Highway, Erie, Pennsylvania, 16509-3559. 2006. Pp. 119. $24.50.)

This brief historical sketch presents a popular version of the history and ethnic identity of the Carpatho-Rusyns predominantly located in the Carpathian Mountains. Perhaps the very title and the first page of text entitled, "A People from Nowhere," encapsulates the entire book as it details the struggle of a group of people for an identity. Mogocsi argues his point in a sweeping historical pictorial overview divided into nine chapters: l.The Geographic Setting of Carpatian Rus'; 2. States and Peoples; 3.The Early History of Rusyns from the Fifth to the Fifteenth Centuries; 4. Politics, Religion, and Identity in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries; 5. The Rusyn National Awakening (Nineteenth and Beginning of the Twentieth Centuries); 6. Carpatho-Rusyns in the Interwar Years (1920s and 1930s); 7. …

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