As the 19th-century German sociologist Max Weber said, what good is the best social policy if the cossacks are coming?
According to the politest version, the cossacks replied: Thou Turkish Devil!
There also appeared to be a few cossacks and Russian-speaking militia.
The cossacks stood for freedom and individualism, and central Russia would do anything to keep them from spreading their ideals.
There are men referred to as cossacks in Crimea; they carry whips to beat the rebel spirit out of the protestors.
The greater part of the civilians, fearing severe punishment, fled with the cossacks.
When he drove out his escort consisted of a couple of cossacks.
For charges in open order there are no better models for imitation than the Turks and the cossacks.
I could now hear the cossacks, who had dismounted, running upon my tracks.
The tribute that the riotous cossacks collected, whether from Siberia or America, was tribute in furs.
1590s, from Russian kozak, from Turkish kazak "adventurer, guerilla, nomad," from qaz "to wander." The same Turkic root is the source of the people-name Kazakh and the nation of Kazakhstan.
A people in southern Russia who became aggressive warriors during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In place of taxes, they supplied the Russian Empire with scouts and mounted soldiers. The Cossacks are also famed for their dances, which feature fast-paced music and seemingly impossible leaps.