Slavic rev. volume 55, issue 1, P176-177 1996 DOI: 10.2307/2500990 View full text
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Janet Martin

Abstract: In this brief essay George Knysh has presented a series of theses that form an outline for a postulated history of the polity commonly referred to as Kievan Rus', but which he designates as the "Old Ukrainian Empire." Knysh asserts that there was no ethnically and politically unified state of Kievan Rus'; rather a group of ethnically diverse communities or nationes co-existed under successive imperial authorities. Norsemen who arrived in far eastern Europe in the mid-ninth century expelled one imperial authori…

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