| Iaroslav Isaievych
A new book on a crucial aspect of Ukraine's cultural and religious history. "Voluntary Brotherhood: Confraternities of Laymen in Early Modern Ukraine" is the English edition of a comprehensive study by one of Ukraine's leading historians, Iaroslav Isaievych. First published in Kyiv in 1966, this was one of the best studies of early modern Ukraine to appear in Soviet Ukraine, and it soon became highly regarded as a classic work of Ukrainian cultural history. The study of the confraternity movement in early modern Ukraine is vital for our understanding of the unique place Ukrainian culture and society occupies between Eastern and Western Christianity. Although structurally similar to their Western European counterparts, the Eastern-rite confraternities developed unique features. They contributed to an increased pace of social and cultural growth and introduced accessible higher education and disseminated European humanist ideas, as con-fraternity presses promoted the development of scholarship and literature.