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Andreas Kappeler, Zenon E. Kohut, Frank E. Sysyn, Mark von Hagen (eds).
CULTURE, NATION, AND IDENTITY: THE UKRAINIAN-RUSSIAN ENCOUNTER (1600-1945)
$34.95 (paper); $59.95 (cloth)
Ukraine’s declaration of independence, ratified by the referendum of 1 December 1991, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union on 25 December 1991 made Ukrainian-Russian relations a major international issue. A new, difficult, and uncertain phase in these relations began with the establishment of these two independent neighbouring states. Since Russia would clearly remain a major world power, while Ukraine was the largest and one of the most populous states of Europe, those relations took on more than binational significance. The future of the post-Soviet order depends largely on how these two largely Slavic countries work out their relations.
The editors of Culture, Nation, and Identity invited seventy specialists to examine the Russian-Ukrainian encounter in four chronological symposia.
This particular book is a selection of sixteen articles developed from presentations on the Ukrainian-Russian encounter from the early modern period to World War II. Historians and Slavists from Canada, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States employ diverse methodologies to examine the many spheres in which Russians and Ukrainians and their identities and cultures interacted. The book includes studies of such topics as: “What is Russia? Russian National Identity and the State 1500-1917” (by Paul Bushkovitch), “Mazepintsy, Malorossy, Khokhly:
Ukrainians in the Ethnic Hierarchy of the Russian Empire” (by Andreas Kappeler), “The Russian-Ukrainian Discourse and the Failure of the “Little Russian Solution,” 1782-1917″ (by Olga Andriewsky), and many others.
This highly acclaimed out-of-print edition has now been made available again to readers by the CIUS Press. A British scholar Andrew Wilson wrote about this book:
“[This] volume is the study of ‘construction, and reformulation of identities among Russians and Ukrainians of all social origins’; not just as ‘Ukrainians’ and ‘Russians’, but as actual or potential bearers of other selves, including past ‘all-Russian and East Slavic identities.’ A related aim is therefore to demonstrate how the Ukrainian idea has shaped Russian identity just as much as that of its own target audience. As such, the collection succeeds admirably. This is an unusually coherent and always interesting volume, of great value to historians and students of national identity alike.’
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This book is one of the volumes on Ukraine and its neighbours published by the CIUS Press. Other volumes deal with Jewish-Ukrainian relations (Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in Historical Perspective), Polish-Ukrainian relations (Poland and Ukraine: Past and Present), German-Ukrainian relations (German-Ukrainian Relations in Historical Perspective), and another book on Russian-Ukrainian relations (Ukraine and Russia in their Historical Encounter).
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CIUS Press is the largest publisher of English-language material about Ukraine. It is the publishing arm of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. The emergence of Ukraine as an independent state has focused general and scholarly interest on Ukrainian studies, and CIUS Press is meeting that interest and need with a sizeable offering of new, forthcoming, and already published books.
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