Древняя Русь после Древней Руси: дискурс восточнославянского (не)единства
The author studies how the famous Old-Russian 'The Legend of the Calling-in of the Varangians" was edited and reworked in the Russian and Ukrainian historical works of the 16-17th centuries. He concludes that the early medieval mythes of the original text (in the Nestor Chronicle) were creatively developed in the Early Modern Time. In the 16th century the "dynastic myth" was in demand, and in the 17th century it was the "ethnogenetic myth" which became topical.
Ukrainian and Belorussian sources of the first half of the XVIIth century (Ivan Vyshensky’s and Zakhariya Kopystenskij’s polemical writings, documents from B. Khmelnyckiy’s circle, some other texts) show that in many cases the notion “Orthodox” was rendered by the term “Russian”; this paradox is related, most likely, to the fact, that in the Orthodox culture of Eastern Europe the confessional discourses were conflicting with discourses of “ethnic” identity.