Ancient Ukrainian church brotherhoods as forerunner of nation’s civil society today, Horyevoy says

The charter issued by Jeremias II, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (c. 1536–1595), confirming the Lviv Dormition Brotherhood's right to run a press and a school. (Credit: EncyclopediaofUkraine.com)Many are investigating why civil societies have emerged in some countries but not in others; but their research, Dmytro Horyevoy says, has given insufficient attention to religious groups like the Orthodox brotherhoods which arose among Ukrainians and explains why that country has a vibrant civil society unlike Russia where they didn’t exist. The origins of …

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