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The Greek Catholic Church and the Problem of Ruthenian Desertion in Przemyśl, January 1915: Documents from the Kriegsarchiv, Vienna

Watson, Alexander. 2018. The Greek Catholic Church and the Problem of Ruthenian Desertion in Przemyśl, January 1915: Documents from the Kriegsarchiv, Vienna. Rocznik Przemyski, 54, pp. 287-301. ISSN 2449-7347 [Article]

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This article explores the problem of Ruthenian desertion in the Habsburg Fortress of Przemyśl during the siege of 1914-15. The fortress garrison contained tens of thousands of Ukrainian-speaking soldiers, whom commanders viewed with deep distrust. When, after November 1914, desertion grew among these men, the Fortress appealed for help to the Greek Catholic Church. The article examines the local bishop’s efforts to strengthen loyalty and the motives behind the desertions. It argues that not Russophile sympathies – as the Fortress Command feared – but rather Habsburg persecution and the harsh conditions of siege alienated Ukrainian-speakers. Correspondence between the Fortress and the bishop held in the Kriegsarchiv, Vienna is reproduced in original German and in English translation at the end of the article.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

Ruthenian desertion, Przemyśl, Siege of Przemyśl in 1914-15, Greek Catholic Church

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

History

Dates:

DateEvent
4 July 2018Accepted
27 November 2018Published

Item ID:

25969

Date Deposited:

13 Mar 2019 09:33

Last Modified:

13 Mar 2019 09:33

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25969

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