By Georgiy Kasianov, Philipp Ther
This can be a first try and current an method of Ukrainian historical past which matches past the normal 'national narrative' schemes, most important within the majority of post-Soviet international locations after 1991, within the years of imposing 'nation-building projects'. An unrivalled choice of essays by way of the best students within the box from Ukraine, Russia, united states, Germany, Austria and Canada, beautifully written to a excessive educational regular. some of the chapters are methodologically leading edge and thought-provoking.The greatest jap eu state has historic roots but in addition the delivery pangs of a brand new independent country. Its historiography is characterised through lively debates, during which this e-book takes a distinct stance. The background of Ukraine isn't written the following as a linear, teleological narrative of ethnic Ukrainians yet as a multicultural, multidimensional historical past of a range of cultures, non secular denominations, languages, moral norms, and ancient adventure. it's not offered as causal rationalization of 'what has to have occurred' yet relatively as conjunctures and contingencies, disruptions, and episodes of 'lack of history.'
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Historiography has remained at the forefront of my research and teaching. 5 See especially the defensive response of Yaroslav Isaievych, then the dean of Ukrainian historians at the National Academy of Sciences in Kyiv, though a Lviv-based scholar himself. From the Russian historians’ side, even the reply of my friend and colleague Yuri Slezkine was a mild form of the harsher charge I heard from Russianist colleagues that I had “betrayed” Russian history and been seduced by the false siren of the Ukrainian nationalists.
6 I felt that I was suspected in the Ukrainian-history community of acting as a Russian imperialist wolf in Ukrainian national sheep’s wool and that I had to prove my worth as a Ukrainist—a position, by the way, with which I myself agreed, since I was quickly daunted by how much literature there was to master. But “proving my worth” often translated into a tacit demand to agree with a given historian’s view of Ukraine’s past and present, and here I found fewer allies at home and in Ukraine. I should say at once, however, that most Ukrainian historians welcomed me as one who had come to appreciate something (not always clear to them) in “their” history, even if my views were still “immature” or “underdeveloped,” that is, not informed by years of grappling with the central issues of modern Ukrainian history.
26 Yaroslav Hrytsak is the best example of this; see his Strasti za natsionalizmom: istorychni eseï (Kyiv, 2004); his History of Ukraine, 1772–1999: Birth of a New Nation (in Polish; Lublin, 2000); also Oleksiy Tolochko, Natalia Yakovenko, and Georgiy Kasianov. Kasianov is one of the very few historians of the middle generation who treat the Soviet period. See his Nezhodni: ukraïns´ka intelihentsiia v rusi oporu 1960–80-kh rokiv (Kyiv, 1995). He has coedited an important volume with the dean of historians of Soviet Ukraine, Stanislav Kulchytsky, deputy director of the Institute of Ukrainian History.
A Laboratory of Transnational History: Ukraine and Recent Ukrainian Historiography by Georgiy Kasianov, Philipp Ther