A Cossack host (Ukrainian: козацьке військо, kozatske viysko; Russian: каза́чье во́йско, kazachye voysko), sometimes translated as Cossack army, was an administrative subdivision of Cossacks in the Russian Empire.
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The Cossack host consisted of a certain territory with Cossack settlements that had to provide military regiments for service in the Imperial Russian Army and for border patrol. Usually the hosts were named after the regions of their dislocation. The stanitsa, or village, formed the primary unit of this organization.
In the Russian Empire, the Cossacks constituted eleven separate hosts, settled along the frontiers: the Don, Kuban, Terek, Astrakhan, Ural, Orenburg, Siberian, Semiryeche, Transbaikal, Amur, and Ussuri.
Cossack hosts on Russian soil were disbanded in 1920, at the end of the Russian Civil War. Those Cossacks who settled abroad continued to preserve the traditions of their hosts (i.e. the Triunited Don-Kuban-Terek Cossack Union).
List of hosts
- XV SS Cossack Cavalry Corps
- Amur Cossack Host (1854–)
- Astrakhan Cossack Host
- Azov Cossack Host (1832–1862)
- Baikal Cossack Host (1655-1920)
- Bashkir Host (1798-1865)
- Black Sea Cossack Host (1787–1864)
- Buh Cossack Host (1769–1817)
- Caucasus Line Cossack Host (1832–1860)
- Danube Cossack Host (1828–1868), an Imperial Russian Cossack Host formed from descendants of the Zaporozhian Cossacks
- Don Cossack Host (1570-)
- Greben Cossacks Host (1711-)
- Kuban Cossack Host (1860–1920)
- Orenburg Cossack Host (1755–1920)
- Semiryechye Cossack Host (1867–1920)
- Siberian Cossack Host (1582-1918)
- Terek Cossack Host (1577–)
- Transbaikal Cossack Host (1851–1920)
- Ural Cossack Host
- Ussuri Cossack Host (1889–1922)
- Volga Cossack Host (1734–1777)
- Zaporozhian Host (–1775)
Other Cossack hosts included the:
- The word host is an archaic English word that is synonymous with 'army'.
- "Definition of host". Retrieved 28 April 2015.