A Laboratory of Transnational History: Ukraine and Recent by Georgiy Kasianov, Philipp Ther

By Georgiy Kasianov, Philipp Ther

It is a first try to current an method of Ukrainian background which matches past the normal 'national narrative' schemes, essential within the majority of post-Soviet international locations after 1991, within the years of enforcing 'nation-building projects'. An unrivalled selection of essays by means of the best students within the box from Ukraine, Russia, united states, Germany, Austria and Canada, beautifully written to a excessive educational ordinary. a few of the chapters are methodologically leading edge and thought-provoking.The greatest japanese eu state has historical roots but additionally the delivery pangs of a brand new independent kingdom. Its historiography is characterised by way of lively debates, during which this e-book takes a distinct stance. The background of Ukraine isn't really written the following as a linear, teleological narrative of ethnic Ukrainians yet as a multicultural, multidimensional heritage of a range of cultures, spiritual denominations, languages, moral norms, and historic event. it's not provided as causal rationalization of 'what has to have occurred' yet really as conjunctures and contingencies, disruptions, and episodes of 'lack of history.'

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Alexei Miller and Alfred J. Rieber (Budapest and New York, 2004), pp. 47–66. 20 See Anna Veronika Wendland, Die Russophilen in Galizien. Ukrainische Konservative zwischen Österreich und Rußland 1848–1915 (Vienna, 2001); also Ukrajna I:Ideologies minta 44 10/21/08 5:08 PM Page 44 Mark von Hagen Klaus Bachmann, “Ein Herd der Feindschaft gegen Rußland”: Galizien als Krisenherd in den Beziehungen der Donaumonarchie mit Rußland (1907– 1914) (Vienna, 2001). See also the various works by Marianne Hausleitner on Bukovyna.

The best-known example is the application of terminology from the modern era to premodern and early modern times and the archaization of related phenomena. 11 Naturally, we are concerned first and foremost with general typical characteristics of the method and language of nationalized history, in which gradations from radical to moderate are entirely possible. The point here is not to draw up a list of “mortal sins” but to take a fairly detached view; not to make accusations of “backwardness” but to establish facts and render a diagnosis.

3 (1995): 658–73. 4 Early in my self-ukrainization process, I read Stephen Velychenko, National History as Cultural Process (Edmonton, 1992), which highlights the conflicting claims of Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian historiography on the history of Ukraine. Historiography has remained at the forefront of my research and teaching. 5 See especially the defensive response of Yaroslav Isaievych, then the dean of Ukrainian historians at the National Academy of Sciences in Kyiv, though a Lviv-based scholar himself.

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