Where did the Kravetz coat of arms come from? When did the Kravetz family first arrive in the United States?
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An important period in Ukrainian folk culture began in the 15th century, with the emergence of the Cossacks. The Cossacks were frontiersmen who gathered into bands to fend off the Mongols from the Crimean Khanate, and the Ottoman Turks, and to make the territory of the Ukraine open to settlement. Initially, the Cossack bands were gathered only when necessary, but the bands and their fortified camps eventually became a permanent way of life in the region surrounding the Dnieper basin. In 1553-54, groups of Cossacks were gathered below the Dnieper rapids and the foundations for the Zaporozhian Sich were established. Cossack society was to some degree democratic and egalitarian; however, class distinction soon developed. The Zaporozhians and other Cossacks gained popular appeal through daring raids on the Tatars and rebellions against the Poles.More
The Ukrainian intelligentsia emerged in the 19th century and helped to forge a strong sense of national identity for the Ukrainian people. After the European Revolutions of 1848, the concept of "nationhood," or nationalism, developed within the intelligentsias of both eastern and western European societies. The recently formed and newly emerging European nations were composed of people who recognized themselves as entities by virtue of their historical, linguistic or ethnic links. All of the new nations united their people under a particular political organization and occupied a defined territory on the continent. In the second half of the 19th century, European intellectuals began to advocate devotion to one's nation and national unity as a cohesive ideology for their new nations.More
It was against sometimes staggering odds that Ukrainian culture survived centuries of foreign political control. Today Ukraine's political autonomy and the devotion of Ukrainians world wide, ensures that the culture will thrive into the next millennium.More
THE UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE
The history of Ukrainian language: divided into the history of the spoken language and the literary language. From the 10th to the 13th centuries the basic literary language of Kievan Rus' was Church Slavonic. 14th to 18th centuries mixture of popular, foreign and church influences which produced the literary language for the 17th century. After a period of decline the latter half of the nineteenth century saw the reconstruction of the literary language based on the popular language. The spoken language has no periods. The time at which Ukrainian became a distinct language is disputed but have occurred some time around the break up of the Kievan state. Of course its development as a separate language began to evolve before this.More
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