Orest Subtelny, Ukrainian-born Canadian historian, Died at 75


Orest Subtelny was born on May 7, 1941, in Kraków, Poland, and died on July 24, 2016.

He was a Canadian historian.

Orest received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1973.

As of 1982, Orest was a professor in the departments of history and political science at York University in Toronto.

He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1965.

Orest also studied in universities of Vienna and Hamburg.

He received his doctorate in 1973 after defending his dissertation “Reluctant allies: Pylyp Orlyk and his relations with Crimean Khanate and Ottoman Empire. 1708-1742.” His primary adviser was Oleksander Ohloblyn.

He began his teaching career in the History Department at Harvard (1973-1975), later moving to the Hamilton College in New York (1976-1981).

During 1982 Subtelny became the professor of history and politics at York University in Toronto.

His major work were the general textbook Ukraine: A History (1988), a work of Ukrainian historiography.

In the period of the Mikhail Gorbachev reforms, the book was quickly translated into both Ukrainian and Russian and affected the growth of Ukrainian historical and national consciousness during the initial years of Ukrainian independence.

Orest Subtelny passed away at 75 years old.