Golfo Alexoyolous, Ph.D.
John Belohlavek, Ph.D.
Victor Peyyard, Ph.D.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Who are those who defended the city gates of Vienna from the Turkish invasion of 1683? Who founded the first democratic state according to Karl Marx? What historical figure in this group honors with his name an airport in Paris? The group was known as the Ukrainian Cossacks - both a controversial and important group in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. And the historical figure is Pylyp Orlyk, the founder of the first Ukrainian Constitution in 1709. Who were the Cossacks? Although their definition ranges from freebooters and Turkish renegades, to unruly brutes and murderers, to Ukrainian freedom fighters, they were definitely a force and left a long-lasting impact over the centuries. The focus of my thesis is on the undeniable power and influence of Ukrainian Cossacks upon the entire region of Eastern Europe and the fate of Turkish invasion of all of the Europe.
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Shuvit, Iryna, "The Ukrainian Cossacks" (2001). USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate).