Russian Orthodoxy influence on the policy of Chełm Land russification in XIX ? beginning XX centuriesJournal: Studia Humanitatis (Vol.2016, No. 1)
Publication Date: 2016-04-26
Authors : Melkov A.S.;
Page : 9-9
Keywords : Russian Church; Chełm Land; Podlasie; russification; Poland; Orthodoxy; Catholicism; Uniatism;
The problem of Russian Church influence on the Imperial policy of Chełm Land russification is researched in this article. Chełm, the historical region of Polish-Ukrainian borderland, used to be a part of Russia in XIX ? beginning XX centuries. The russification of Chełm Land was accompanied by total abolition of the Uniate Church and forcible believers transfer into Orthodoxy. At the beginning of the XX century there was created a draft law about Chełm Land separation from the Kingdom of Poland. Bishop of Russian Orthodox Church Eulogius (Georgievsky) was responsible for solving that problem. In fact, the Imperial power used Orthodoxy for reaching the stated goals, which were the eradication of the national language and culture in Poland as well as resolving of the so-called “Ukrainian question”.
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