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Week 5: Ukrainian History

  • Where does Kostomarov see differences between Ukrainians and Russians?

  • How does Drahomanov interpret the Russian rule of Ukraine?

  • What makes an Ukrainian an Ukrainian?
  • Does Ukraine have a history? Assess Mark von Hagen's and Iaroslav Isaevych's arguments.

Essential Reading

Kostomarov, Mykola, ‘Two Russian Nationalities’ (excerpts) [1860-1], in Lindheim, Ralph, and Luckyj, George S.N. (eds), Towards an Intellectual History of Ukraine (Toronto/ Buffalo/London, 1996), pp. 122-134.

Drahomanov, Mykhailo, ‘The Lost Epoch: Ukrainians under the Muscovite Tsardom, 1654-1886’ (abridged) [1878], in ibid., pp. 152-161.

Snyder, Timothy, The Reconstruction of Nations. Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (New Haven/London, 2003), pp. 105-132 [= Ch. 6: ‘Early Modern Ukraine, 1569-1999’] E-Book (restricted to 1 user at a time, do not wait to the last minute before reading it)

Hagen, Mark von, ‘Does Ukraine have a History?Slavic Review 54 (1995), pp. 658-673

Isaievych, Iaroslav, ‘Ukrainian Studies – Exceptional or Merely Exemplary?Slavic Review 54 (1995), pp. 702-708.

Recommended histories of Ukraine

Yekelchyk, Serhy, Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Plokhy, Serhy, The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (London: Allen Lane, 2015)

Subtelny, Orest, Ukraine: A History, 4th edition (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009)

Magocsi, Robert, A History of Ukraine (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996)

Additional Reading

Khistiakovsky, Bohdan, ‘On the Issue of a Distinctive Ukrainian Culture’, in Lindheim, Towards an Intellectual History of Ukraine, pp. 152-161.

Wilson, Andrew, The Ukrainians. Unexpected Nation (New Haven, London 2000), pp. 1-118 [= Chapter 1-6].

Himka, John-Paul, ‘Construction of Nationality in Galician Rus’: Icarian Flights in Almost all Directions’, in Kennedy, Michael D., and Suny, Ronald G. (eds.), Intellectuals and the Articulation of the Nation (Ann Arbor, 1999), pp. 109-164.

Wynot, Edward D., 'The Impact of Mykhailo Hrushevsky on the History of Russia, Poland and the Eastern Slavs', The History Teacher, 20, 3 (1987), pp. 349-360.

Kappeler, Andreas, ‘The Ukrainians of the Russian Empire, 1860-1914’, in Andreas Kappeler (ed.), The Formation of National Elites (New York, 1992), pp. 105-132.

Kasianov, Georgiy and Philipp Ther (eds), A Laboratory of Transnational History: Ukraine and Recent Ukrainian Historiography (New York, 2009).

Plokhy, Serhii, Unmaking Imperial Russia: Mykhailo Hrushevsky and the Writing of Ukrainian History (Toronto, 2005).