The Khmelnytsky Uprising was a Cossack rebellion in Ukraine in 1648–1657 which turned into a Ukrainian war of liberation from Poland. Under the command of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky, the Zaporozhian Cossacks allied with the Crimean Tatars, and the local peasantry, fought several battles against the armies and paramilitary forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The result was an eradication of the control of the Polish szlachta and their Jewish intermediaries, and the end of ecclesiastical jurisdiction for the Latin Rite Catholics (as well as Karaites, and other arendators) over the country.

Khmelnytsky Uprising in 1632Edit

Note: In the series, this is generally spelled Chmielnicki.

Information about the Khmelnytsky Uprising was available, as the 1911 edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica had an article on Bohdan Khmelnytsky (under the spelling Bogdan Chmielnicki[1]) which had a capsule history of the uprising. In addition, Morris Roth was aware of the Khmelnytsky Uprising due to the massacres of Jews that had accompanied it, and allied himself with Wallenstein based on Wallenstein's assurances that he could and would prevent it.

Elements within the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth had acquired information about the uprising and had sent assassins to kill Bohdan Khmelnystsky.[2].


  2. Grantville Gazette XV, Grantville Gazette XXI