Johannes Remy. Brothers or Enemies: The Ukrainian National Movement and Russia from the 1840s to the 1870s

Tomasz Hen-Konarski ・ April 2017
Toronto: University Press of Toronto, 2016.
ISBN: 9781487500467, 344 Pages, 2 Images.
Johannes Remy’s new book is the most exhaustive study of nineteenth-century Ukrainian nation building in the Russian Empire currently available in English. It is also the most original and thoroughly researched monograph on the topic published in the past ten years in any language. As such it is destined to become an indispensable element of university curricula and a reference work for anyone wishing to understand the vicissitudes of Ukrainian experience beyond the twentieth century.

Iza Chruslińska. The Ukrainian Palimpsest: Oksana Zabuzhko in Conversation with Iza Chruslinska

Oksana Forostyna ・ December 2014
Kyiv: Komora, 2014.
Translation from Polish by Dzvenyslava Matiyash, edited by Ivan Andrusiak and Oksana Zabuzhko.
Readers who simply enjoy Oksana Zabuzhko’s work will be grateful for tales about her childhood and adolescence, stages of intellectual biography, as well as for a “guidebook” to her writings: it includes everything, from research on Ivan Franko to miscellanea of correspondence with Yurii Shevelov (he is one of the main heroes of this “book of conversations,” too). Some discussions branch off not from her large works, but often from her essays. This conversation is thus double-edged: some of the annotations are needless for Ukrainians, but useful for Poles.

Vitaly Andreiev, Nataliya Chermoshentseva. Saul Borovyi: The Jewish Vector in Ukrainian History

Oleksii Yas ・ March 2014
Kherson, Nikopol: SPD Feldman O.O., 2010.
This is an intellectual biography written from the perspective of the authors’ main thesis - Saul Borovyi as a “historian in the background of scholarship”. Such an approach allows to elucidate a number of new contexts. An erudite scholar, an “aristocrat from Brody” (where Borovyi’s mother came from), endowed with a high research culture, outstanding culturological, archival and bibliological knowledge, as well as with a certain multicultural atmosphere of someone from a southern imperial borderland, Borovyi was certainly a figure outside the rigid canon of the Soviet intellectual norm.

Petro Sas. The Sources of Ukrainian Nation-Building

Vasyl Kononenko ・ March 2014
Kyiv: Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2010.
Sas’ emphasis on the role of intellectuals in nation-building makes an important theoretical contribution to Ukrainian historiography: “the emergence of conditions for the transition of an ethnos to the nation-building stage presupposes the existence of certain qualitative changes in its spiritual culture, worldview, mentality and identity, spearheaded by intellectuals”. Progress in the cultural sphere in the 16th century - especially in education and book printing - engaged a wider circle of educated people and accelerated the nation-building process.

Volodymyr Kravchenko. Kharkov/Kharkiv: The Borderland Capital

Vladyslav Yatsenko ・ March 2014
Vilnius: European Humanities University , 2010.
In this elucidation of the history of Slobozhanshchyna (Slobidska Ukraine) and Kharkiv, Volodymyr Kravchenko offers Ukrainian historians new perspectives on regional history writing. The book is comparative and employs the notions of borderland and the great frontier, as well as regional and national identity, with methodologies from urban studies and cultural geography, backed by substantial theoretical explanations. Many of its passages are inherently controversial, however this is likely what makes the monograph such a compelling read, bound to attract public interest and discussion.

Kurt Lewin. A Journey Through Illusions

Anastasiya Prymovych ・ March 2014
Lviv: Svichado, 2007.
Translated from English by Yaroslav Karp'yuk and Lesia Lysenko
Journey Through Illusion, published in the US in 1994 by Kurt Lewin—son of Lviv rabbi Ezekiel Lewin, witness to the Holocaust, colonel of the General Staff of the Israel Defence Forces and successful Wall Street financier—summarizes the author’s life journey, extending from intimate personal memory to collective memory and, therefore, to history. Of particular importance in Lewin's account are the sections on Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and how the author writes of international relations and reflections of the memory of the Holocaust in the post-war Israeli, European and American worlds.

Moysey Fishbeyn, Timothy Snyder, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Andriy Portnov, Andrzej Eliasz, Alexander Motyl, Mykola Riabchuk, Zenon Kohut, John-Paul Himka, Per Anders Rudling, Marko Levitsky, Volodymyr Viatrovych. Passions Over Bandera

Yevheniya Sakal ・ March 2014
Kyiv: Grani-T, 2010.
Edited by Tarik Cyril Amar, Ihor Balynskiy, Yaroslav Hrytsak
Passion Over Bandera is best characterized as ‘postmodern’. It not only unites texts of very different genres (academic articles, essays and letters to the editor), but also contains the work of very different authors—from historians with varying degrees of intimacy with the issues, to public intellectuals, journalists and the OUN leader’s own grandson.

Bohdan Ivchenko. The Soviet Authorities’ Policies Toward the Don Cossackdom (1917-1937)

Oleksandr Polianichev ・ March 2014
Kharkiv: Tochka, 2010.
This book, by young Kharkiv historian Bohdan Ivchenko, contributes to a topic in Soviet Studies that has not yet received due attention. The categories of nation and class, by which intellectuals and politicians characterized the population, were of little use with regard to the Don Cossackdom. The author constructs his own narrative, emphasizing the plurality of means through which the Bolsheviks and the Cossacks interacted. At first, the Bolshevik leaders were inclined to think they had the support of the “revolutionary” worker Cossacks, opposing their military elite. However, after