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Seminar E: Ukraine: The Contested Past

  • Which role did the Kievian Rus and the Cossack state play in Ukrainian national historiography
  • Who was a Ukrainian in the 19th century?
  • Where does Kostomarov see differences between Ukrainians and Russians?
  • How does Drahomanov interpret the Russian rule of Ukraine?
  • ‘Does Ukraine have a history’? What are Mark von Hagen’s and Iraoslav 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.

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

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.

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’]

Additional Reading

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.

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

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