The urbane studies in Ukraine for instance researching Kovel’s "Little town" in XVI–XVII

  • A. S. Krishan Master of History of National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy".
Keywords: urban studies, city self-government, Kovel

Abstract

The article deals with the current stage and perspectives of urban studies of Ukrainian cities in early modern time based on the "small city" – Volyn Kovel in the XVI–XVII centuries. Since similar explorations were carried out till the date only for a few, larger, urban centers (Kyiv, Lviv, Lutsk, Kamianets-Podilsky, etc.) in Ukraine, the Kovel phenomenon is precisely that to this day a considerable layer of the source base has been preserved, especially for the second half of the 17th century. As it is known, western Volyn (where Kovel is actually located) was not part of the Cossack Hetmanate, but remained in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the local urban community (with the active assistance of the royal authorities) was able to resuscitate the economic processes in the region. In fact, such Ukrainian cities (on the example of Kovel) have continued to live according to the well-established traditions "before the Cossack" era and it makes a possibility to identify and characterize the features of the development of the urbanization process development in both local (Ukrainian) and international (at the level of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth) dimensions by analyzing the sources. The absence of the Cossack "factor" in the Kovel Region as the main driver of socio-political changes led to a long-term "conservation" of urban society model, which remained virtually unchanged after the events of 1648–1654. The particular attention is paid to the characteristic of the available database of the published and unpublished sources for the study of the mentioned urban center due to the fragmentation of research of Ukrainian cities in general. Historical explorations of small cities (on the example
of Kovel) can become interesting precedents for a global study of the history of the Ukrainian "magdeburg" traditions. Due to the fact that many different ethnic groups lived in large cities (like Kyiv, Lviv) at different times, no such "mottled" population was observed in the Volyn Kovel, andthus a deeper study of the life of the main urban "national" is possible to analyze major city communities in the Ukrainian territories - Ruthenians (Ukrainians, Belarusians), Poles (including Lithuanians) and Jews – in the Early Modern period.

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Published
2020-02-05
How to Cite
Krishan, A. S. “The Urbane Studies in Ukraine for Instance Researching Kovel’s "Little Town" In XVI–XVII”. Literature and Culture of Polissya, Vol. 97, no. 12i, Feb. 2020, pp. 136-42, doi:10.31654/2520-6966-2019-12i-97-136-142.
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Regional history and culture