Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

List of Tables

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pp. xi-xii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvi

The publication of a first book gives the opportunity to thank a number of individuals and institutions whose invaluable support and input into this project helped to bring it about. ...

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Introduction: Making Sense of War

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pp. 7-40

The Second World War was an unprecedented cataclysm that rocked the entire European continent. It shook institutions, identities, and convictions that, until then, appeared to be solidly entrenched. This book explores the war's impact on the ideology, beliefs, and practices of the Soviet regime and its subjects ...

Part I: Delineating the Body Politic

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One: Myth and Power: The Making of a Postwar Elite

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pp. 43-81

On 24 August 1942 the readers of Pravda were treated to a rather unusual literary event. With the war approaching a decisive moment, the leading newspaper of the country found the time and space to serialize a new play by the leading Ukrainian writer Oleksandr Korniichuk. ...

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Two: "Living Up to the Calling of a Communist": Purification of the Rank and File

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pp. 82-126

The institutions of purge and verification were born with the Bolshevik Party itself. The quest for purity among the revolutionaries' ranks was at the heart of the Marxist-Leninist ethos. As the self-appointed vanguard and guardian of purity of the chosen class, charged with the messianic crusade to transform society in the face of open hostility before and after taking power, ...

Part II: Delineating the Body Socioethnic

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Three: Excising Evil

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pp. 129-190

The Ukrainian nationalist cause failed to materialize in the Vinnytsia region. To contemporaries, however, the virtual eradication of the nationalist presence in the region was not a foregone conclusion. ...

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Four: Memory of Excision, Excisionary Memory

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pp. 191-236

It comes as no surprise that the totalization of Soviet practices in the quest for purity brought to the fore the inherent tension between the biological and the sociological categorization of the enemy within, and consequently the inevitable comparison to Nazi Germany, the other totalitarian enterprise. ...

Part III: The Making of a Postwar Soviet Nation

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Five: Integral Nationalism in the Trial of War

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pp. 239-297

Reflecting on the attempt of Ukrainian nationalists and Nazis to impose their ethnocentric agendas on Vinnytsia, an editor of Vinnyts'ki visti, the local wartime newspaper, noted that, ...

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Six: Peasants to Soviets, Peasants to Ukrainians

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pp. 298-363

In nationalist ideology the nation was embodied by a single socioethnic group: the Ukrainian peasantry. Tested by recurrent destruction inflicted by a host of foreign occupiers, the peasantry was believed to have preserved its ethnic, religious, and linguistic purity. ...

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Afterword: A Soviet World without Soviet Power, a Myth of War without War

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pp. 364-386

For the residents of Vinnytsia, like the rest of the Soviet population, World War II was the culmination of a chain of cataclysmic events, each one enough to warrant a lifetime of reflection. It was also their most challenging and pervasive experience, one that knew no class, ethnic, or territorial boundaries. ...

Bibliography

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pp. 387-410

Index

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pp. 411-416