The Future of Ukraine's Past

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In this special topic, we seek to discuss the relevance of study and processing of Ukraine's past for its future. Among other topics, we draw attention also to contentious moments of the past: history of the Ukrainian struggle for independence in 1917-23; interwar period; Holodomor and collectivization; the time before and during World War II; and the Soviet period until the collapse of the USSR in 1991. We are not primarily dedicated to finding answers what to do with memorials or symbols of the past regimes on modern Ukrainian territory, but to studying the way in which our past and our processing of it define the trajectory of the society's development in the future. Of particular importance in this regard are ideology of government in Ukraine, interaction between state and civil society, law writing and discussion of proposed laws in the society, rule of law, democratic rights and freedoms (of speech, conviction, assembly and so on), education and scholarship. Our special attention is directed to the institute of public discussion about the questions that to some extent divide Ukrainian society.

On Shoddy Laws and Insensitive Critics

Volodymyr Kulyk ・ May 2015

Сondemning the Communist regime is no more divisive than condemning Nazism, which German authorities after World War II only undertook under pressure from their...

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Among historians, two clear camps have formed, and they (to paraphrase Mikhail Zoshchenko) have “expressed their ideology to the fullest.” At times this...

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The Case of Decommunization

Mykhailo Haukhman ・ May 2015

What is the difference between “decommunization” and “de-Sovietization,” and why do we speak of “decommunization” today specifically, and not “de-Sovietization...

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The laws adopted on April 9, 2015, have provoked a flood of criticism from those espousing liberal and other positions, not least among whom are professional...

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The difficulty with Ukraine’s past is that it is intensely contested and controversial. On many issues there can be no definitive conclusions among scholars as...

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Ukraine needs to shed its Soviet past and translate the victory of Maidan into real reform and European integration. This must be achieved through dialogue and...

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"Decommunization" and Academic Discussion

Volodymyr Viatrovych ・ May 2015

The lack of a decommunization policy in Ukraine after its declaration of independence was one of the reasons that led to the revanchist neo-Soviet regime of...

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As scholars and experts long committed to Ukraine’s regeneration and freedom, we regard these laws with the deepest foreboding. Their content and spirit...

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