Piotra Murzionak: Does Belarus Belong to Western Civilization?

(webzine “Kultura. Natsyja”, issue 28, November 2021, 92-104, www.sakavik.net)

Earlier the author postulated that Eastern Slavs, beginning with the 9th and going through to the 12th century, formed two distinct civilizations–Belarusian-Ukrainian or Western-Ruthenian, and Eurasian or Russian. Evidence suggests that the demarcation of the Eastern Slavs with the formation of two civilizations, during the time of Kievan Rus and after, has been determined by various factors such as: the distinctive features of Slavic tribes, the natural conditions of the East European Plain and the Eurasian Steppe, assimilation with local tribes, internecine wars between the lands and principalities, the influence of the Mongol Empire and the impact of the Great Lithuanian Principality, which saved a part of the Eastern Slavs, who lived on the territory of modern Belarus and Ukraine, from “Eurasian influence.” The formation of these two civilizations was the result of the interaction and impact of population movements–the Slavs from west to east and the Eurasian peoples from east to west. In addition, based on the evidence presented by the author, he concludes that the Belarusian-Ukrainian civilization differs substantially from Eurasian civilization and might be classified as the Western-Ruthenian sub-civilization of western civilization.

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Categories: Асьвета, Гісторыя, Нацыя, Нацыя Беларусы

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