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A new book on the Baturyn project is now available

CIUS Press-Release

Zenon Kohut, Volodymyr Mezentsev, Volodymyr Kovalenko, and Yurii Sytyi. Sadyby Ivana Mazepy u Baturyni [Hetman Ivan Mazepa’s Residences in Baturyn]. Compiled by V. Mezentsev (in Ukrainian), 28 pp., numerous colour illustrations – $9.95

This richly illustrated 28-page publication presents the results of excavations conducted by a team of Canadian and Ukrainian archeologists in Baturyn, the former capital of the Cossack Hetman state. The booklet provides a brief overview of the history of Baturyn during the height of its prosperity under Hetman Ivan Mazepa and the total destruction of the town by Russian troops in 1708 as well as its subsequent rebuilding by Hetman Kyrylo Rozumovsky. The siege and storming of Mazepa’s capital are described on the basis of hitherto little-known contemporaneous Swedish sources.

The booklet discusses the excavations in 2011 of the remnants of Mazepa’s main palatial residence, a wooden church, living quarters and service structures at his court, and a brick house located within the Baturyn fortress. The new archeological findings testify to the wealth and high level of aesthetic appreciation prevailing at the hetman’s court, as well as to the vibrancy of Baturyn’s international commercial and cultural contacts at the turn of the 17th to 18th century.

About the Authors:

Zenon E. Kohut is professor of history and director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta. Formerly a senior research analyst at the Library of Congress and editor of the American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies, Dr. Kohut is a renowned specialist in the history of Ukraine and Ukrainian-Russian relations. His monograph Russian Centralism and Ukrainian Autonomy:

Imperial Absorption of the Hetmanate (1988, Ukrainian translation 1996) and subsequent articles on Ukrainian history have received international recognition and acclaim.

Volodymyr Mezentsev is a specialist in medieval and modern Ukrainian and Byzantine archaeology, history, architecture, and art and the author of 183 publications on these subjects. He completed his post-doctoral studies at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University. Mezentsev was a Research Associate with the Department of Kyivan Rus’ Studies at the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, and later with the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. Presently, he is a Research Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS), Edmonton and Toronto, and Executive Director of the Canada-Ukraine Baturyn Archaeological Project, sponsored by CIUS (2001-).

Special Offer:

More For Less (valid only through Web site)

Sadyby Ivana Mazepy u Baturyni can be obtained at a 20% discount when purchased together with an earlier Baturyn booklet Het’mans’ki Rezydentsii Baturyna. Order Sadyby Ivana Mazepy u Baturyni together with Het’mans’ki Rezydentsii Baturyna and SAVE 20% [Discounted price for two booklets: $14.32]

To order, link to: and scroll to the More for Less section.

CIUS Press is the largest publisher of English-language material about Ukraine. It is the publishing arm of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. The emergence of Ukraine as an independent state has focused general and scholarly interest on Ukrainian studies, and CIUS Press is meeting that interest and need with a sizeable offering of new, forthcoming, and already published books.

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