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Русините – един скрит народ в Централна Европа.
Rusyns – a Hidden People in Central Europe.

Persecuted Identity, Denied Existence and a State that Did Not Take Place

Author(s): Kostadin Kostadinov
Subject(s): Anthropology, Customs / Folklore, Political Theory, Civil Society, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social differentiation, Family and social welfare, Nationalism Studies, Sociology of Culture, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Sociology of Politics, Globalization, Geopolitics, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: Rusyns;idenity;culture

Summary/Abstract: The article presents in brief the history and the present of the Rusyns – one of the many European peoples “without a state”. They are an indigenous population of the Northern Carpathians inhabiting a territory in the geographical centre of Europe; however, during their millennial historical development they had their own state only once and for one day. Today, their historical region, Carpathian Ruthenia, is divided between five countries. In Ukraine, where the majority of the Rusyns lives, they do not have adequate political and cultural minority rights. In the rest of the countries, although they have different degrees of cultural and administrative autonomy, the Rusyns are facing the danger of assimilation because of their small number. Even though they are a geopolitical and ethnocultural reality, their future is at stake.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 357-364
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian