Laboratory of Transnational History
Ukraine and Recent Ukrainian Historiography
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Central European University Press
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For almost half a century, Ukrainian history did not exist in Ukraine asan independent field of scholarly research or as a subject of instruction.After the Second World War, the “history of the Ukrainian SSR” wasestablished as a regional subunit of the “History of the USSR.” OutsideUkraine, its history was a subject of scholarly research and ideological...
I. National versus Transnational History
Georgiy Kasianov: “Nationalized” History: Past Continuous, Present Perfect, Future
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This essay deals with a phenomenon that I call “nationalized history,”meaning a way of perceiving, understanding and treating the past thatrequires the separation of “one’s own” history from an earlier “com-mon” history and its construction as the history of a nation. The greatmajority of the world’s states and nations have undergone the “national-...
Mark von Hagen: Revisiting the Histories of Ukraine
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In a conversation a few years ago in Kyiv with a fashionable art galleryowner, I was challenged to state what I thought made Ukrainian historyBefore long I found myself refuting her notion that these distinctionswere “primal” and somehow based in the genetic material of contempo-rary Ukrainians. This primordial reading of Ukrainian nationality is...
Andreas Kappeler: From an Ethnonational to a Multiethnic to a Transnational Ukrainian History
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At the beginning of January, the patriarch [of Jerusalem] himself, togeth-er with the local metropolitan [of Kyiv], heading a procession of a thou-sand horsemen, came out to greet him… Huge masses of people, thewhole folk came out of the city to greet him, and the Academy [greetedhim] with orations and acclamations, [calling him] Moses, deliverer,...
Philipp Ther: The Transnational Paradigm of Historiography and its Potential for Ukrainian History
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The American historian Ronald Suny once wrote pointedly about theinstitutionalization of history in the nineteenth century: “History as adiscipline helped to constitute the nation, even as the nation determinedthe categories in which history was written and the purposes it was toserve.”1 One need only mention the name of Mykhailo Hrushevsky to...
II. Ukrainian History Rewritten
Natalia Yakovenko: Choice of Name versus Choice of Path: The Names of Ukrainian Territories from the Late Sixteenth to the Late Seventeenth Century
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The very act of demarcating the real or imagined boundary of “our land”creates two geographic and cultural entities—the “land of the Other”and “one’s own” space. Establishing the name of “one’s own” livingspace is far from the least important step toward endowing it with mean-ing. Thus canonized, it is transformed by the inhabitants’ unwritten con-...
Oleksiy Tolochko: Fellows and Travelers: Thinking about Ukrainian History in the Early Nineteenth Century
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The purpose of this study is to explore the ways in which thinking aboutUkrainian history evolved during the first two decades of the nineteenthcentury. Although this period is not considered important for the shap-ing of Ukrainian historical thought, I would argue that it was crucial in many respects. By the end of the period, the romantic vision of the...
Alexei Miller and Oksana Ostapchuk: The Latin and Cyrillic Alphabets in Ukrainian National Discourse and in the Language Policy of Empires
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Language is one of the most important elements in the symbolism ofethnicity. The transformation of ethnic consciousness into national con-sciousness is accompanied by a rethinking and ideologization of theThe struggle for the consolidation2 and emancipation of the Ukrain-ian language offers particularly rich material for research in this field. ...
John-Paul Himka: Victim Cinema. Between Hitler and Stalin: Ukraine in World War II-The Untold Story
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This article explores the collective memory of World War II in theUkrainian diaspora in North America, focusing on the construction of a victimization narrative. This is a topic I have already broached else-where, primarily on the basis of an analysis of texts appearing in TheUkrainian Weekly and E-Poshta.1 In the present study, I focus on a film...
Yaroslav Hrytsak: On the Relevance and Irrelevance of Nationalism in Contemporary Ukraine
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Only a few decades ago, a historian of Ukraine resembled the protago-nist of the Beatles’ song “Nowhere Man,” “sitting in his nowhere land”and “making all his nowhere plans for nobody.” Ukraine was a “nowhereland,” unknown to a larger audience.2 In West and East alike, Ukrainianhistory had apparently been dissolved in Russian or, as the case may be,...
Roman Szporluk: The Making of Modern Ukraine: The Western Dimension
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More than sixty years ago, in February 1948, the British historian LewisNamier (1888–1960) delivered a lecture commemorating the centennialof the European revolution of 1848.1 His lecture has been publishedmany times since then as “1848: Seed-plot of History” in, among otherNamier’s choice of 1848 as a point of departure was well founded....
About the Contributors
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Index of Names
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Index of Places
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An unrivalled collective effort by the finest scholars in the field from Ukraine, Russia, USA, Germany, Austria and Canada, superbly written to a high academic standard. The various chapters are methodologically innovative and thought-provoking. The biggest country located in East-ern Europe has ancient roots but also the birth pangs of a newly inde-...
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Publication Year: 2008