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Ruthenian Church
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In the Western European states of Poland-Lithuania and the Habsburg Monarchy, the local Eastern Slavs were called Ruthenians, from the Eastern Slavonic endonym Rusiny. After the 19th-century processes of nation building, the Ruthenians were absorbed into the various newly created nation-states (Nation, nationalism). Ecclesiastically, until the mid-20th century, the term denoted the Greek Catholic (“Uniate”) churches in these territories (Unions, ecclesiastical). Today it denotes the Greek Catholic church in Ukrainian Transcarpathia.

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Bremer, Thomas, “Ruthenian Church”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026879>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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