History Main / Cossacks

18th Apr '16 4:39:02 AM jormis29
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* In TheMostDangerousGame General Zaroff says that Ivan is a Cossack, and considering that Ivan is a HuskyRusskie this seems to be used as a form of MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong, which is followed up by a similar comment about himself.

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* In TheMostDangerousGame ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame'' General Zaroff says that Ivan is a Cossack, and considering that Ivan is a HuskyRusskie this seems to be used as a form of MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong, which is followed up by a similar comment about himself.
18th Apr '16 4:33:47 AM jormis29
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* A Cossack shows up in ''Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows'' as an assassin working for Moriarty to kill a gypsy who might have been sent information on his plans.

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* A Cossack shows up in ''Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows'' ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' as an assassin working for Moriarty to kill a gypsy who might have been sent information on his plans.
17th Apr '16 2:32:35 PM pognut
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reply_of_the_Zaporozhian_Cossacks The page image depicts a group of Cossacks writing a reply to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire.]] Having been defeated in a battle, Mehmed attempted to intimidate the Cossacks into submission, sending them a declaration filled with impressive titles and the many lands he ruled. The Cossacks' reply twisted the many titles and lands into some very creative profanity. When "goat-fucker of Alexandria" is one of the tamer insults, you know you picked a fight with the wrong people.
22nd Mar '16 2:26:59 PM Vox
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Nowadays in popular culture, the Cossack look has been the primary image that pops in foreigner's minds when they think of what Russians look like (The same way {{Americans are Cowboys}}). This is due to the fact that the iconic Cossack hats and dance is closely associated with Russians in movies abroad.

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Nowadays in popular culture, the Cossack look has been the primary image that pops in foreigner's minds when they think of what Russians look like (The same way {{Americans are Cowboys}}). This is due to the fact that the iconic Cossack hats and dance is closely associated with Russians in movies abroad.
abroad (these days however, it shares that spot with DirtyCommunists.)
4th Nov '15 12:45:41 AM JulianLapostat
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* The Russian Jewish short story writer, Isaac Babel served alongside the Cossacks, and wrote about it in his famous ''Red Cavalry'' stories. Creator/JorgeLuisBorges once wrote on the clash this created:
--> ''In early 1921, Babel joined a Cossack regiment. Those blustering and useless warriors (no one in the history of the universe has been defeated more often than the Cossacks)) were, of course, anti-Semitic. The mere idea of a Jew on horseback struck them as laughable, and the fact that Babel was a good horseman only added to their disdain and spite. A couple of welltimed and flashy exploits enabled Babel to make them leave him in peace.''
2nd Oct '15 4:01:32 PM nombretomado
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* In the HBO show {{Oz}}, Russian mobster Yuri Kosygin is stated to be of Cossack lineage and is one of the most dangerous inmates in the prison.

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* In the HBO show {{Oz}}, ''Series/{{Oz}}'', Russian mobster Yuri Kosygin is stated to be of Cossack lineage and is one of the most dangerous inmates in the prison.
23rd Apr '15 12:37:13 AM guineapigpony
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Unlike the regular Imperial Russian Army units which had to submit to slavelike discipline (the Imperial Russian Navy was even worse in this regard), Cossacks enjoyed a much higher level of personal initiative and autonomy, due to their traditions of quasi-independence summarized in the proverb ''bow down to no one save the Emperor himself''. This strengthened their [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] spirit and during the early stages of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne they enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for courage and ruthlessness.

During the Civil War, the Cossacks divided; the poorer ones fought for the Reds, the richer ones for the Whites, though there were also the idea of independent Don and Kuban Republics. In Soviet Russia, the Cossack hosts were eliminated in 1920. During WWII some old Cossack commanders from the Civil War supported the Nazis (and were recognised as "Ostrogoths" by Hitler's regime to mask the idea of working together with the Slavs), while Soviet Union also "restored" old Russian Cossack Hosts, even though these were mostly formed from new guys, with many Cossacks eliminated under Lenin's purge of counter-revolutionaries or fled outside.

After WWII ended & horse cavalry rendered largely obsolete, the Cossack units who fought in the Red Army were dismissed once again & lived as farmers, entertainers, & craftsmen, although their martial traditions makes them a preferred stock for military service & they fought in Afghanistan in contemporary military units. The fate of Nazi-aligned ones are far worse, after they are surrendered to the West they are handed back to the USSR, facing treason charges albeit most of them are White Emigres(anti-Bolshevik Russians who moved abroad after the Reds won) which was never citizens of the Soviet Union, one of them was their German handler Helmuth von Pannwitz.

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Unlike the regular Imperial Russian Army units which had to submit to slavelike discipline (the Imperial Russian Navy was even worse in this regard), Cossacks enjoyed a much higher level of personal initiative and autonomy, due to their traditions of quasi-independence summarized in the proverb ''bow down to no one save the God & Emperor himself''. This strengthened their [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] spirit and during the early stages of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne they enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for courage and ruthlessness.

During the Civil War, the Cossacks divided; the poorer ones fought for the Reds, the richer ones for the Whites, though there were also the idea of independent Don and Kuban Republics. In Soviet Russia, the Cossack hosts were eliminated in 1920. During WWII some old Cossack commanders from the Civil War supported the Nazis (and were recognised as "Ostrogoths" by Hitler's regime to mask the idea of working together with the Slavs), while Soviet Union also "restored" old Russian Cossack Hosts, even though these were mostly formed from new guys, with many Cossacks eliminated under Lenin's purge of counter-revolutionaries or fled outside.

outside, as much more Cossacks joined the White Army(as most of them were complacent to the Imperial policy to respect the Cossack's free & autonomous lifestyle, in contrast to ill-treated sailors in which lots of them joined the Reds) and Ukrainian anarchists led by Nestor Makhno.

After WWII ended & horse cavalry rendered largely obsolete, the Cossack units who fought in the Red Army were dismissed once again & lived as farmers, entertainers, & craftsmen, although their martial traditions makes them a preferred stock for military service & they fought in Afghanistan in contemporary military units. The fate of Nazi-aligned ones are far worse, after they are surrendered to the West they are handed back to the USSR, facing treason charges albeit most of them are White Emigres(anti-Bolshevik Russians who moved abroad after the Reds won) which was never citizens of the Soviet Union, one of them was their German handler Helmuth von Pannwitz.
Pannwitz(he chose to share the fate of his men rather than running away with it).
14th Apr '15 12:49:37 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', the Avi refers to Boris (whom he thinks is Russian) as a "Cossack." Because Avi is Jewish and Cossacks were involved in anti-Jewish pogroms, this is meant as an insult.

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* In ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', the Avi refers to Boris (whom he thinks is Russian) as a "Cossack." Because Avi is Jewish and Cossacks were involved in anti-Jewish pogroms, this is meant as an insult.
17th Mar '15 7:57:24 AM Godzilladude123
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After the fall of Soviet Union many organisations yearned for the restoration of Cossacks. Today, the "Cossack organizations" exist, but have little military or law-enforcement powers, other than the right to bear sabers in Russia, or acting as some honorary mounted policemen functions in Ukraine. In some cities and towns they patrol the streets as voluntary police assistance corps, still relying on cadre policemen for paperwork. Still, the Cossack Hosts, while being mostly a farce movement nowadays, greatly influenced the history and culture of Eastern Europe. Dnieper Cossacks formed the basis for the creation of modern Ukrainian nation and culture, while Russian Cossacks created a separate ethnographic group in South-Western Russia, with culture and traditions that persist to this day.

As of 2014, a lot of Cossacks from the Don host native to the Donbass region & the Kuban host descended from the Zaporozhian Cossacks fought in Ukrainian civil war on the pro-Russian side, the most famous one is an [[BadassBeard awesomely bearded]] guy named [[https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/alexandr-litoy/cossacks-MH17-Babai-Mozhaev-Kozytsin Aleksandr Mozhayev a.k.a Babai]].

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After the fall of Soviet Union many organisations yearned for the restoration of Cossacks. Today, the "Cossack organizations" exist, but have little military or law-enforcement powers, other than the right to bear sabers in Russia, or acting as some honorary mounted policemen functions in Ukraine. In some cities and towns they patrol the streets as voluntary police assistance corps, still relying on cadre policemen for paperwork. Still, the Cossack Hosts, while being mostly a farce movement nowadays, greatly influenced the history and culture of Eastern Europe. Dnieper Cossacks formed the basis for the creation of modern Ukrainian nation and culture, while Russian Cossacks created a separate ethnographic group in South-Western Russia, with culture and traditions that persist to this day.

day. As of 2014, a lot of Cossacks from the Don host native to the Donbass region & the Kuban host descended from the Zaporozhian Cossacks fought in Ukrainian civil war on the pro-Russian side, the most famous one is an [[BadassBeard awesomely bearded]] guy named [[https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/alexandr-litoy/cossacks-MH17-Babai-Mozhaev-Kozytsin Aleksandr Mozhayev a.k.a Babai]].
Babai]].

Nowadays in popular culture, the Cossack look has been the primary image that pops in foreigner's minds when they think of what Russians look like (The same way {{Americans are Cowboys}}). This is due to the fact that the iconic Cossack hats and dance is closely associated with Russians in movies abroad.
16th Mar '15 12:55:26 AM Lowe
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* The Russian folk song "Music/StenkaRazin" (with lyrics by Dmitri Sadovnikov) describes a fictional episode in the life of the eponymous hero, a Don Cossack chief. The song describes the Cossacks as wild and warlike, and Stenka sacrifices his beautiful young bride, a Persian princess, to maintain the loyalty of his men.
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