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Week 7: Lecture 15: The Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, Seminar O) The Ukrainian Famine (Holodomor)

  • To what extent did Soviet nationality policy help to build a Ukrainian nation?

  • Why is the question whether the Holodomor was a genocide so important for Ukraine?

Essential Reading

Martin, Terry, ‘An Affirmative Action Empire. The Soviet Union as the Highest Form of Imperialism’, in Suny/Martin, A State of Nations, pp. 67-89. (electronic resource – University Library)

Subtelny, Ukraine, pp. 403-424 [= Chapter 21: ‘Soviet Ukraine: The Traumatic Thirties’].

Himka, John-Paul, 'Making Sense of Suffering: Holocaust and Holodomor in Ukrainian Historical Culture, and Holod 1932-1933 rr. V Ukraini iak henotsyd (review)', Kritika, 8,3 (2007), pp. 683-694.

Himka, John-Paul, 'Myths of National Consolidation, the Holodomor, and the Holocaust: A Response to Roman Serbyn', Current Politics in Ukraine (Blog)

Serbyn, Roman, 'Erroneous Methods in J.-P. Himka's Challenge to “Ukrainian Myths”',

Additional Reading

Subtelny, Ukraine, pp. 380-402 [= Chapter 20: ‘Soviet Ukraine: The Innovative Twenties’] .

Brandenberger, David, and Platt, Kevin M.M., ‘Terribly Pragmatic’: Rewriting the History of Ivan IV’s Reign, 1937-1956’, in Brandenberger/Platt, Epic Revisionism, pp. 157-178.

Martin, Terry, ‘Modernization or Neo-Traditionalism? Ascribed nationality and Soviet primordialism’, in Fitpatrick, Sheila (ed.), Stalinism: A Reader. New York 2000, pp. 348-369

Slezkine, Yuri, ‘The USSR as a Communal Apartment, or How a Socialist State Promoted Ethnic Particularism’, Slavic Review 53 (1994), pp. 414-452