This course is devoted to the analysis of representations of Ukrainian territory as a multicultural space during the “long” revolutionary period of 1917-30. We will examine different types of representations (scholarly papers, memoirs, plays, films, stories) and the features of the coexistence of ethnic communities in different parts of Ukraine and at different stages of the revolutionary period. Our overall aim will be to try to forget the familiar narrative of the “Ukrainian Revolution” and “national liberation struggle” and explore the diversity of historical materials and representations, which are not included in the narrative. By studying the events from nearly a century ago, we can better understand the events of 2014.
Multiculturalism in Ukraine’s Revolutionary Age 1917-1930
Reading: chapter on the beginning of twentieth century from Istoriya Ukrayiny (History of Ukraine) S.Y. and Natan M. Meir, “Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians in Kiev” Slavic Review, 65. no 3 (2006) (excerpt)
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