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Week 2: Lecture 11: Going to war

  • Did Russian nationalism destroy the Russian Empire?

  • What did Russians, Ukrainians and Poles expect from the war?
  • How did these expectation change between 1914 and 1918?
  • What effect did the war have on ethnic relations in East Galicia?

Essential Reading

Mick, Christoph, Lemberg, Lwów, L'viv, 1914-1947: Violence and Ethnicity in a Contested City (West Lafayette, 2015), chapter 2: pp. 17-47, 62-110.

Suny, Grigor S., 'Introduction: Bringing Empire Back', in The Empire and Nationalism at War, ed. by Eric Lohr, Vera Tolz, Alexander Semyonov and Mark von Hagen (Slavica Publishers, 2014), pp. 1-7.

Borislav Chernev, 'Shifts and Tensions in Ethnic/National Groups', in International Encyclopedia of the First World War, 1914-1918 (online).

Additional Reading

Davies, Norman, God’s Playground. A History of Poland, vol. II: 1795 to the Present (New York, 2005 [1979]), pp. 279-290 [= Chapter 18: ‘Feniks: The Rebirth of the Polish State (1914-1918)’].

Westwood, J.N., Endurance and Endeavour. Russian History 1812-1992, 4th ed. (Oxford, 1993), pp. 207- [= Chapter 9: ‘Empire’s Last War’)