Lviv University lecturer holds talk in London on the life of Markian Shashkevych

The Ukrainian Institute in London hosted a talk on March 26th by Dr. Oleh Dukh, assistant head of History Department at the Lviv National University and a lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University. The title of the talk was Markian Shashkevych and Ukrainian national revival in nineteenth century Galicia. November 2011 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Markian Shashkevych.

Markian Shashkevych (1811-1843) is a celebrated literary and cultural figure in the West Ukrainian region. He was a contemporary of A. Pushkin, T. Shevchenko, M. Lermontov, and A. Mickiewicz. Shashkevich lived and worked in conditions when Western Ukraine, as a part of Austrian Empire, became remote province. The acuities of Markian Shashkevych and his comrades-in arms of the “Ruska Triytsa” democratic group were opposed to the monarchic regime and its policy towards the Ukrainian people.

Shashkevysh served as a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest in remote and wrecked villages. There he lived in poverty, ailing seriously. Death befell him at the early age of 32. He is buried in Lviv and at the Lychakiv Cemetry.

Markian Shashkevych is the author of the literary anthology “Rusalka Dnistrova”, the first book edited in popular Ukrainian (1837), a prominent cultural and public figure, and the initiator of the new Ukrainian literature in Western Ukraine. His short life was entirely given up to the service of his people.