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White Russia
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White Russia or Belarus became independent in 1991, keeping the 1945 borders of the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (see below). In the 17th century, the territory between the upper Neman and the middle Dnieper settled by East Slavic tribes was officially called Belorussia (Lat. Alba Russia). The element Rus’ indicates its relationship to the medieval Kievan Rus’ (Kiev, Russia), while bela (“white”) remains unexplained, despite many attempts.

Shortly after the baptism of the Rus’ in 988, the eparchy of Polotsk was founded. In parallel with…

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Oswalt, Julia, “White Russia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_224127>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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