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07 April 2019

Representations of the Cossack in «Pictures of the Last of the Quiet Don»: the Apotheosis of the «Cossack Warrior»

History and Historians in the Context of the Time
Representations of the Cossack in «Pictures of the Last of the Quiet Don»: the Apotheosis of the «Cossack Warrior»

This work is devoted to analyze «Pictures of the last of the Quiet Don» by P.N. Krasnov (1909). In this book, the author creates an ideal image of the Cossack as a «valiant cavalry warrior». He does not consider either the Cossacks Class or the possibility of reforming it. P.N. Krasnov argues that Cossacks should adhere to the «great covenants» and «fine examples» of their ancestors to solve all problems. These covenants are reduced to two principles: the principle of unconditional submission to the authorities and principle of priority of military service. P.N. Krasnov believed that the Cossacks, which did not comply with these two principles, had no right to be considered true Cossacks. This ideology was primitive, but it corresponded to the government policy of 1900, and therefore the book of P.N. Krasnov was released under the auspices of the Don Ataman A.V. Samsonov.

Source: Peretyatko Artyom Y. (2018). Representations of the Cossack in «Pictures of the Last of the Quiet Don»: the Apotheosis of the «Cossack Warrior». History and Historians in the Context of the Time. 16(1): 49-62

Source web-site: http://ejournal3.com/journals_n/1543947389.pdf

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