Borderland City: Kharkiv

  • Volodymyr Kravchenko University of Alberta
  • Marta Olynyk (trans.)


The article attempts to identify Kharkiv’s place on the mental map of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, and traces the changing image of the city in Ukrainian and Russian narratives up to the end of the twentieth century. The author explores the role of Kharkiv in the symbolic reconfiguration of the Ukrainian-Russian borderland and describes how the interplay of imperial, national, and local contexts left an imprint on the city’s symbolic space.


Author Biography

Volodymyr Kravchenko, University of Alberta

Professor and Director of the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies