> The Polonians were a numeroue tribe west of the steppes as well as the
> present day Ukrainians. Its unclear what the Cossacks really were? Were they
> a seperate entity or part of the Ukrainian people with a specific life style?
> Many are of the opinion that they represenred a specific lifestyle rather
> than a specific tribe or nationality.
Well, most of the books I've read assumed that the term Cossack referred
to a specific raiding culture, rather than the entirety of the population
of the Ukraine or some ethnic subdivision.
Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, mka Jennifer Heise jenne@...
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