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The role of Ukrainian Cossacks in the political history of Moldavian Principality (late 16th century - early 80ths of 17th century)

Author: Victor Damian
Degree:doctor of history
Speciality: 07.00.03 - World History (with specification of time period)
Scientific adviser: Eduard Baidaus
doctor, associate professor (docent)
Scientific council:


The thesis was presented on the 12 October, 2007
Approved by NCAA on the 24 January, 2008


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Ukrainian/Zaporozhian Cossacks, Cossack-Moldavian bilateral relations, military campaigns of Zaporozhian Cossacks, war, hostility/military operation, registered Cossacks, Zaporozhye, Hetmans, Moldavian Principality, Poland, the Crimea Khanate, Ottoman Empire - Porte, Wallachia, Transylvania, the Great Muscovite Principality (Moscow state)


The doctoral thesis “The role of Ukrainian Cossacks in the political history of Moldavian Principality (late 16th century - early 80ths of 17th century)” is dedicated to the problem of the Ukrainian (Zaporozhian) - Moldavian bilateral relations in the context of the political situation in Eastern Europe: Polish-Lithuanian states, the Great Muscovite principality, Ottoman empire, and its vassals - the Crimea Khanate, Walachia and Transylvania.

As a result of the analysis of historical sources and specialized literature on the subject of Ukrainian (Zaporozhian) - Moldavian bilateral interrelations, which were found in Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish libraries and archives, it was determined that in the existing historiography there is lack of research on the Ukrainian (Zaporozhian) impact on Moldavian policy in the period of late 16th century - early 80ths of 17th century. Based on the material analyzed, the author divided the Ukrainian (Zaporozhian) - Moldavian political relationships into four periods: late 16th century - 1593; 1593-1621; 1621-1657, and 1657-1683.

In the thesis, significant emphasis is placed on the process of military and political growth of Zaporozhian Cossacks and their role in Moldavian policy. For more than 150 years, the Zaporozhian impact on Moldavian foreign policy had evolved from oblique to direct. After Moldavian Prince George Duca (1681-1683) came to control the “Turkish Ukraine”, the Zaporozhian - Moldavian relations took a central place both in foreign and in domestic policy of Moldavian Principality.

The author came to the conclusion that during the analyzed period the Zaporozhian impact on the political history of the Moldavian Principality was based on: religious, regional, ethnic proximity, anti-Ottoman orientation of Moldavian and Zaporozhian policy, and international relations factors. Irrespective of their political and legal position, the Moldavian Principality and Zaporozhye were in the center of political strife for the power and influence in Central and Eastern Europe.