1st Edition

The Intellectual Foundations of Modern Ukraine The Nineteenth Century

By Andriy Zayarnyuk, Ostap Sereda Copyright 2023
    204 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is the first synthetic book-length study in English of the Ukrainian nation-building during the "long" nineteenth century.

    The narrative follows the evolution of the Ukrainian intellectuals and their ideas from the Age of Enlightenment at the end of the eighteenth century and to the era of Positivist science and social reform at the beginning of the twentieth century. The book focuses on the intellectuals, since in the case of Ukrainians—the nineteenth-century epitome of stateless and overwhelmingly plebeian people—the intellectuals played a pivotal role in defining the Ukrainian national project. The central theme is intellectuals’ engagement not only with each other, but also with the people and land they represented. Views of Ukraine from the imperial and "world" capitals, larger intellectual currents, and geopolitical games are not neglected. Nevertheless, its main focus is on the Ukrainian intellectuals’ visions of Ukraine’s past, present, and future, their responses to the challenges of modernity, their ideals, agendas, and programmes.

    The Intellectual Foundations of Modern Ukraine is the ideal resource for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars interested in cultural anthorpology, political science, political philosophy, and the history of modern Ukraine.

    Introduction  1. Empires and Peoples  2. Learning from People  3. Joining with People  4. The People’s Future  5. Legacies


    Andriy Zayarnyuk teaches history at the University of Winnipeg. He is a historian of modern Ukraine. He also wrote Framing the Ukrainian Peasantry in Habsburg Galicia, 1846–1914 (2013), and Lviv’s Uncertain Destination: A City and Its Train Terminal from Franz Joseph I to Brezhnev (2020).

    Ostap Sereda teaches history at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv) and Central European University (Budapest-Vienna). His publications on political discourses and cultural practices in nineteenth-century Ukraine include the article "Nationalizing or Entertaining? Public Discourses on Musical Theater in Russian-ruled Kyiv in the 1870s and 1880s" (2010).