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Mykhailo Zubryts'kyi: Zibrani tvory i materialy u tr'ox tomakh. Tom 3

Edited By Frank Sysyn, et al.

2018 | Vydavnytstvo "Litopys"
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Some Polish, English, and old-orthography texts.

У третьому томі, за редакцією Франка Сисина, вміщено статті, які з’явилися в газетних публікаціях, часто в стислих повідомленнях про поточні справи села чи цілого реґіону. До цього тому ...

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Diaspora--pamięć--miejsca: Ukraińcy z Polski z lat 80. XX wieku w Kanadzie; Studium etnograficzne

By Patrycja Trzeszczyńska

2019 | Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 348 
ISBN: 978-83-233-4635-7 

Temat badawczy można uznać za w pełni pionierski; jednocześnie książka Patrycji Trzeszczyńskiej wpisuje się w cykl badań zajmujących się emigracją obywateli polskich w latach PRL, zwłaszcza dwóch ostatnich dekadach funkcjonowania tzw. realnego socjalizmu, i dopełnia wiedzę o ówczesnych przemieszczeniach ludnościowych, ich tle i konsekwencjach. Odnaleźć tu można wiele wątków autoetnograficznych. Autorka nie unika tematów trudnych, pisze na przykład o problemach badawczych związanych z percepcją jej samej w niektórych środowiskach migrantów, postawach niechęci, budowaniu barier, i wykazuje się bardzo wysoką świadomością metodologiczną. Przeprowadzone badania to wysokiej próby nowoczesna etnografia, uwzględniająca najważniejsze trendy badawcze w antropologii i studiach migracyjnych ostatnich dekad. Książka stanowi istotny wkład w rozwój dyscypliny, którą reprezentuje autorka, a szerzej: interdyscyplinarnych/ multidyscyplinarnych studiów migracyjnych, wzbogaca wiedzę o procesach migracyjnych w kontekście transkontynentalnym, w których punktem wyjścia jest Polska. dr hab. Jacek Schmidt, prof. UAM


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Russia, the EU, and the Eastern Partnership: Building Bridges or Digging Trenches?Columbia University Press (external site)

By Vasile Rotaru

2018 | ibidem-Verlag; distributed by Columbia University Press - ibidem Press
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 180 
ISBN: 978-3-8382-1134-3 (paper) 

Even before the Ukrainian crisis, neither Russia nor the EU were content with their relationship. Despite economic interdependence, strategic partnership, official declarations of belonging culturally and historically to the same "European family" and in spite of Russia’s stated interest in establishing an economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok, the two actors found it difficult to agree on important issues.

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The conflicted atmosphere between the EU and Russia has three main dimensions: normative issues, energy relations, and the shared neighborhood, with the latter being particularly salient after the launch of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) in 2009. The former Soviet space is at the core of Russian foreign policy. Moscow’s special interest in this area results from economic factors, diaspora issues, and, most importantly, from its perceived security need. Obsessed by a fear of being encircled by enemies, Russia sees its hegemony over the former Soviet republics as paramount to the protection of its own borders. Therefore, the rapprochement of any other actor towards this region is regarded with high suspicion.

Against this background, Vasile Rotaru analyzes EU-Russia relations with a particular emphasis on the impact of the EaP on Moscow’s relations with Brussels. He argues that the EaP represented a turning point in EU-Russia relations, determining Moscow to revise its attitude towards the Union. Rotaru explains that, even if the EaP was Brussels’ initiative, the Partnership met the aspirations of the six former Soviet republics. Moreover, despite its opposition towards the EU’s initiative, Russia itself acted involuntarily as a propeller of the EaP. By aiming to keep the former Soviet republics close, Moscow often conducts an assertive, aggressive policy in the "near abroad." This strategy, however, had mostly opposite effects, causing Russia’s neighbors to look elsewhere for support of their sovereignty. From this perspective, the rapprochement of Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, and the three Caucasus republics with the EU has not been determined only by Brussels’ prosperity and soft-power attractiveness but also by existential fears in the former Soviet republics.

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"L'vivs'kyi Manchester" i "Halyts'ka Kaliforniia": Sotsial'no-ekonomichna diial'nist' ukraintsiv Halychyny (20-30-i roky XX st.)

By Oksana Pasits'ka

2019 | Instytut ukrainoznavstva im. I. Kryp"iakevycha NAN Ukrainy
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Монографія є ґрунтовним науковим дослідженням, у якому проаналізовано світовий досвід господарювання та розвиток ринкових відносин на західноукраїнських землях наприкінці ХIХ-першій третині ХХ ст. Праця висвітлює особливості національного госпо ...

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Usamitnennia v natovpi: Sotsial'ni vzaiemodii bratii pry shanovanykh sviatyniakh Kyievo-Pechers'koi Uspens'koi lavry (1786 r.-pershi desiatylittia XX st.)

By Antonina Kizlova

2019 | Firma "Hranmna"
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Монографія містить значний масив джерел, на підґрунті яких розглянуто множину контекстів, у яких лаврські керівні й рядові насельники кінця XVIII – перших десятиліть XX ст. взаємодіяли між собою та зі сторонніми щодо шанованих святинь, а саме: ...

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Songs for a Dead Rooster: Selected PoemsLost Horse Press (external site)

By Yuri Andrukhovych

2018 | Lost Horse Press
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 142 
ISBN: 978-0-9991994-0-4 

Includes poems in Ukrainian. Translated from the Ukrainian by Vitaly Chernetsky and Ostap Kin.

The second installment in Lost Horse Press’ Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series presents a selection of poems by Yuri Andrukhovych, one of contemporary Ukraine’s leading writers. While Andrukhovych is well known internationally as a novelist and essayist, his recognition in Ukraine was first as a poet, and poetry remains a key part of his creative output. This volume gathers selections from two distinct periods of Andrukhovych’s poetry.

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The first spans the 1980s through the early 1990s, associated with his involvement as a founding member of the Bu-Ba-Bu (Burlesque-Sideshow-Buffoonery) group of Ukrainian poets. This writing is characterized by openness, fluidity of structure, and an overall formal exuberance. After publishing only prose for a number of years, Andrukhovych returned to poetry in 2004 with a much-changed poetics with the collection, Songs for a Dead Rooster. These later poems represent a different Andrukhovych: older, well-traveled, moving from early exuberance to a more subdued, melancholic tone. Rooted in the autobiographical here and now, their voice is bold and fresh, open, fragile, and unaffected. Perhaps most importantly, Andrukhovych’s later poetry manages to combine, in a truly masterly fashion, the rootedness in all the problems, complexes, and neuroses of the post-Soviet/postcolonial double bind, in which Ukrainian culture finds itself, on the one hand, and the emphatic engagement with the processes of cultural globalization, on the other.

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Civil Society in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine: From Revolution to ConsolidationColumbia University Press - ibidem Press (external site)

Edited By Natalia Shapovalova, Olga Burlyuk

2018 | ibidem-Verlag; distributed by Columbia University Press
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 400 
ISBN: 978-3-8382-1216-6

Foreword by Richard Youngs.

This book is among the first comprehensive efforts to collectively and academically investigate the legacy of the Euromaidan in conflict-torn Ukraine within the domain of civil society broadly understood.

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The contributions to this book identify, describe, conceptualize, and explain various developments in Ukrainian civil society and its role in Ukraine’s democratization, state-building, and conflict resolution by looking at specific understudied sectors and by tracing the situation before, during, and after the Euromaidan. In doing so, this trailblazing collection highlights a number of new themes, challenges, and opportunities related to Ukrainian civil society. They include volunteerism, grassroots community-based activism, social activism of churches, civic efforts of building peace and reconciliation, civic activism of journalists and digital activism, activism of think tanks, diaspora networks and the LGBT movement, challenges of civil society relations with the state, uncivil society, and the closing of civic space.

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Ukraine after Maidan: Revisiting Domestic and Regional SecurityColumbia University Press - ibidem Press (external site)

Edited By Tomasz Stępniewski, George Soroka

2018 | ibidem-Verlag; distributed by Columbia University Press
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 200 
ISBN: 978-3-8382-1075-9

When public protests first began in Ukraine at the end of 2013, the failed promise of the Orange Revolution was still fresh in the minds of many Ukrainians. However, unlike in the aftermath of 2004-2005, the political and military crises ignited by the Euromaidan brought profound changes not only for Ukraine, but also for neighboring states and Europe more generally.

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The annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014, along with the outbreak of fighting in the Donets Basin, has resulted in a profound shift in how domestic and regional security is perceived. More broadly, these events have also called into question the durability of the post-Cold War world order, which had been based upon peaceful coexistence between states, the integrity of sovereign borders, and an acceptance of the legitimacy of international law.

While the effects of the Euromaidan have already been analyzed in terms of Ukrainian politics and relations between Ukraine, Russia, and the EU, what has not yet taken place is a sustained analysis of how its legacies have reverberated throughout the post-communist region and wider Europe (and how these altered international perceptions have, in turn, affected the subsequent course of Ukraine’s domestic politics). Writing from a variety of viewpoints and backgrounds, this volume’s contributors seek to address these lacunae. Among other topics, they focus on Russia’s dissatisfaction with the post-Cold War international order, examine issues of ontological insecurity in an increasingly networked world, assess the limits of Western leverage, evaluate Ukrainian public opinion concerning NATO and the EU, consider the broader security implications of the Euromaidan for Eastern Europe, explore the role of migration and demographic factors for Ukrainian security, and assess how contentious pasts are being utilized as tools of statecraft by both Ukrainian actors and outside forces.

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Odessa Recollected: The Port and the PeopleAcademic Studies Press (external site)

By Patricia Herlihy

2018 | Academic Studies Press; Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University
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Language: English 
Pages: 268 
ISBN: 9781618117366 (cloth)

Odessa, a Black Sea port founded by Catherine the Great in 1794, shortly after the territory was wrested from the Ottoman Empire, became a boomtown on the southern fringe of the Russian Empire.

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Catherine and the early administrators of the city, such as the Duke de Richelieu, promoted settlement by Europeans in addition to the Greek, Italians, and Jews who came on their own initiative to take advantage of economic opportunities in the robust grain trade with Europe. More ethnically diverse by far than St. Petersburg, Odessa became a remarkable independent-minded, large cosmopolitan city, attracting and producing noted writers, artists, musicians and scholars.

Imperial Russian tsars and Soviet leaders maintained an ambivalent attitude towards the maverick city, appreciating the fame and fortune it generated, but also leery of the activities of secret foreign national societies, pogromists, revolutionaries and simply the perceived lack of patriotism in the singular city so far away from the heart of Russia. With the withering of the lucrative grain trade by the time of the Soviet Union, Odessa became a neglected city, drained of its foreign flavor. With the independence of Ukraine in 1991, there were hopes raised that the architectural beauty and economic prospects of the city would be revived. Given the current hostilities in Eastern Ukraine with the potential of the Odessa area becoming a possible land bridge to the Crimean Peninsula, the fate of the former Pearl of the Black Sea hangs in suspension.

The present book brings together—indeed, re-collects—some of the most valuable and thought-provoking research on Odessa and its culture, community, and economy published by Patricia Herlihy over several decades of her work. Scholars of Ukraine, Russia, and the former Soviet Union will find in this book a helpful resource for their research and teaching.

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Images of Rupture between East and West: The Perception of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in Eastern European Arts and Media

Edited By Urs Heftrich, et al.

2016 | Universitätsverlag Winter
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 547 
ISBN: 9783825365486

In spite of the incommensurability of the Holocaust and the dropping of the first atomic bombs, the juxtaposition of Auschwitz and Hiroshima has long been a topic of serious debate. While in public memory on both sides of the Iron Curtain Auschwitz and Hiroshima have become icons of industrialized mass murder, comparative research on this iconization has been dominated by decidedly Western perspectives.

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Moreover, the fact that in communist Eastern Europe the interpretation of these two events has differed considerably from their treatment in the West has been largely neglected. Thus, in Western thinking, both Auschwitz and Hiroshima have often been seen as fundamental ruptures that shook the foundations of civilization, whereas in communist Eastern Europe, with its ideology based on historical optimism, the concept of rupture has been either ignored or dismissed as Western defeatism. In their contributions to this volume, historians, art historians, film scholars, and literary scholars from Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Japan, Poland, and the United States investigate the perception of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in Eastern Europe from a wide range of disciplines and from cultural as well as medial perspectives. By juxtaposing these approaches, the volume presents a complex picture of the divides and intersections between different, Eastern and Western European as well as official and individual cultures of commemoration. A number of articles additionally focus on both American and Japanese responses to Auschwitz and Hiroshima. The Eastern European perspective on the Holocaust and the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is thus presented in a global context. All articles are in English.

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Ukraine's Maidan, Russia's War: A Chronicle and Analysis of the Revolution of DignityColumbia University Press - ibidem Press (external site)

By Mychailo Wynnyckyj

2019 | ibidem-Verlag
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 450 
ISBN: 9783838213279

Foreword by Serhii Ploky.

In early 2014, sparked by an assault by their government on peaceful students, Ukrainians rose up against a deeply corrupt, Moscow-backed regime. Initially demonstrating under the banner of EU integration, the Maidan protesters proclaimed their right to a dignified existence; they learned to organize, to act collectively, to become a civil society. Most prominently, they established a new Ukrainian identity: territorial, inclusive, and present-focused with powerful mobilizing symbols.

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Driven by an urban “bourgeoisie” that rejected the hierarchies of industrial society in favor of a postmodern heterarchy, a previously passive post-Soviet country experienced a profound social revolution that generated new senses: “Dignity” and “fairness” became rallying cries for millions. Europe as the symbolic target of political aspiration gradually faded, but the impact (including on Europe) of Ukraine’s revolution remained. When Russia invaded—illegally annexing Crimea and then feeding continuous military conflict in the Donbas—Ukrainians responded with a massive volunteer effort and touching patriotism. In the process, they transformed their country, the region, and indeed the world.

This book provides a chronicle of Ukraine’s Maidan and Russia’s ongoing war, and puts forth an analysis of the Revolution of Dignity from the perspective of a participant observer.

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Dr. Wladimir Sylwester Kindraczuk: Forgotten Chemist Of Łańcut and Pioneer Of Probiotics; Discoverer of the probiotic bacterium Bacillus carpathicus in Hutsul huslanka

Romana M. Bahry

2018 | Romana M. Bahry
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 344 
ISBN: 978-1-77355-016-9

English with a Polish translation.

In 1912, society was a long way from understanding the healthy benefits yielded by probiotic bacteria. In that same year, a young chemist working on his doctoral studies in Vienna published his discovery of ...

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Ukrainian Bishop, American Church: Constantine Bohachevsky and the Ukrainian Catholic Church

By Martha Bochachevsky-Chomiak

2018 | The Catholic University of America Press
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Language: English 
Pages: 558 
ISBN: 978-0-8132-3159-4 (cloth)

Constantine Bohachevsky was not a typical bishop. On the eve of his unexpected nomination as bishop to the Ukrainian Catholics in America, in March 1924, the Vatican secretly whisked him from Warsaw to Rome to be ordained.

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He arrived in America that August to a bankrupt church and a hostile clergy. He stood his ground, and chose to live simple missionary life. He eschewed public pomp, as did his immigrant congregations. He regularly visited his scattered churches. He fought a bitter fight for the independence of the church from outside interference – a kind of struggle between the Church and the state, absent both. He refashioned a failing immigrant church in America into a self-sustaining institution that half a century after his death could help resurrect the underground Catholic Church in Ukraine, which became the largest Eastern Catholic church today.

This trailblazing biography, based on recently opened sources from the Vatican, Ukraine and the United States, brings the reader from the placid life of the married Catholic Ukrainian clergy in the Habsburg Empire to industrial America.

The Ukrainian Catholic Church, formalized in 1595, melds Eastern religious practices with Western hierarchic structure, thus healing the 1054 Christian divide. While there is doctrinal unity, Eastern Catholic practice differs so markedly from that of the Latin Rite that Ukrainian immigrants in the US created their own churches. The death of the first bishop in 1916 and the long hiatus in naming a replacement led to widespread unrest. Yet, under Bohachevsky's forceful leadership, within a decade, the church developed a network of parishes, schools, colleges, and eventually a seminary, cultivating its clergy and its understanding of Eastern Catholicism. In 1958, the Pope erected the Ukrainian Catholic Archbishopric of Philadelphia and appointed Bohachevsky its Metropolitan/Archbishop.

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April in Paris: Theatricality, Modernism, and Politics at the 1925 Art Deco Expo

By Irena R. Makaryk

2018 | University of Toronto Press (external site)
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 320 
ISBN: 978-1-4875-0372-7 (cloth) 

Attracting over fifteen million visitors, the 1925 Paris Expo had an ambitious goal to create a new modernist style which would reflect the great scientific, industrial, and technological advances that produced a new spirit known as "modern." In April in Paris, author Irena R. Makaryk explores the theatre arts’ vital cultural and political impact at this celebrated international exhibition.

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Drawing extensively from unexplored archival documents from France, Austria, and North America, April in Paris is the first major study to focus on theatre arts at the 1925 Paris Expo and the audacious Soviet contributions to this fair. Turning a spotlight on the uses and representations of theatricalized spaces, Makaryk analyses their political challenge at a time when relations between the West and the USSR were rife with tension. Copiously illustrated with beautiful colour and black and white illustrations, this book elucidates the complex role of the international fair as a catalyst for spirited cultural debate and for aesthetic change.

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Vse moie maliarstvo--to molytva: Spohady, interv"iu, rozdumy, statti

By Karlo Zviryns'kyi

2017 | Vydavnytstvo "Manuskrypt-L'viv" (external site)
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Language: Ukrainian 
Pages: 312 
ISBN: 978-966-441-470-5 (cloth) 

Compiled and with an introduction by Khrystyna Zviryns'ka-Chaban.

This book is a collection of memoirs, articles, and interviews written by one of the leading western Ukrainian artists of the second half of the 20th century, Karlo Zvirynsky. 

It is a unique insider’s view of the process of creating nonconformist art and fostering a community of independent artists within the context of the totalitarian Soviet system.


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The Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine: An Anatomy of the Holodomor

By Stanislav Kulchytsky

2018 | Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press (external site)
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 202 
ISBN: 978-1-894865-53-1 (paper) 

Translated from the Ukrainian by Ali Kinsella, introduction by Bohdan Klid.

The Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine: An Anatomy of the Holodomor is a distillation of thirty years of study of the topic by one of Ukraine’s leading historians. In this account, Stanislav Kulchytsky ably incorporates a vast array of sources and literature that have become available in the past three decades into a highly readable narrative, explaining the motives, circumstances and course of this terrible crime against humanity.

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As the author shows, the Holodomor was triggered by the Bolshevik effort to build a communist socioeconomic order in the Soviet Union. For the peasant majority of the population, this meant the forcible collectivization of individual farms, the seizure of livestock and farm implements, and the conversion of independent farmers into agricultural laborers. Excessive requisitioning of grain and other foodstuffs in the collectivization drive led to famine and deaths in grain-producing regions of the USSR by early 1932.

In Ukraine, punitive measures authorized by the Kremlin’s top leadership greatly worsened the famine in late 1932 and turned it into the Holodomor, which claimed more than three million lives in the first half of 1933. Identifying key events and decisions that produced the Holodomor, Kulchytsky analyzes economic and political factors, including the national dimension in Ukraine. The book begins with the author’s address to the reader, presenting his view of the Holodomor as genocide. In addition to the main text, the volume includes a preface, afterword, glossary, list of abbreviations and acronyms, bibliography, and a short essay on the author and his writings.

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Iaroslav Pasternak: Zhyttiepys vchenoho

By Taras Romaniuk

2018 | Vydavnytstvo "Manuskrypt-L'viv" (external site)
Copy Available: Yes

Language: Ukrainian 
Pages: 424 
ISBN: 978-966-2067-37-8 (cloth) 

This monograph, published with the support of the Peter Jacyk Program for the Study of Modern Ukrainian History and Society at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, is dedicated to the life and work of a prominent Ukrainian archeologist Iaroslav Pasternak.

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Educated in Lviv and Prague, Pasternak took part in over 60 archeological expeditions in western Ukraine and Czechoslovakia. The most important of these expeditions was his excavation of princely Halych in 1939–41. Pasternak published numerous studies about the prehistory of western Ukraine as well as archeology of Ukraine.

Pasternak’s biography reflects the fate of many Ukrainian intellectuals during the turbulent 20th century. He was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire; he obtained his highest scholarly degree in Czechoslovakia; he worked professionally primarily in the Second Polish Republic; he was forced to emigrate during World war II; and he spent his later years in Toronto, Canada. This monograph analyses both Pasternak’s biography and his contribution to archeological research and scholarship.

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Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine

By Jennifer J. Carroll

2019 | Cornell University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 252 
ISBN: 978-1-5017-3692-6 (paper) 

Against the backdrop of a post-Soviet state set aflame by geopolitical conflict and violent revolution, Narkomania considers whether substance use disorders are everywhere the same and whether our responses to drug use presuppose what kind of people those who use drugs really are.

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Jennifer J. Carroll's ethnography is a story about public health and international efforts to quell the spread of HIV. Carroll focuses on Ukraine where the prevalence of HIV among people who use drugs is higher than in parts of sub-Saharan Africa and unpacks the arguments and myths surrounding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in Ukraine. What she presents in Narkomania forces us to question drug policy, its uses, and its effects on "normal" citizens.

Carroll uses her findings to explore what people who use drugs can teach us about the contemporary societies emerging in post-Soviet space. With examples of how MAT has been politicized, how drug use has been tied to ideas of "good" citizenship, and how vigilantism towards people who use drugs has occurred, Narkomania details the cultural and historical backstory of the situation in Ukraine. Carroll reveals how global efforts supporting MAT in Ukraine allow the ideas surrounding MAT, drug use, and HIV to resonate more broadly into international politics and echo into the heart of the Ukrainian public.

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What We Live For, What We Die For: Selected Poems

By Serhiy Zhadan

2019 | Yale University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 160 
ISBN: 978-0-300-22336-1 (paper) 

Translated from the Ukrainian by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps.

An introduction to an original poetic voice from eastern Ukraine with deep roots in the unique cultural landscape of post-Soviet devastation.

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“Everyone can find something, if they only look carefully,” reads one of the memorable lines from this first collection of poems in English by the world-renowned Ukrainian author Serhiy Zhadan. These robust and accessible narrative poems feature gutsy portraits of life on wartorn and poverty-ravaged streets, where children tally the number of local deaths, where mothers live with low expectations, and where romance lives like a remote memory. In the tradition of Tom Waits, Charles Bukowski, and William S. Burroughs, Zhadan creates a new poetics of loss, a daily crusade of testimonial, a final witness of abandoned lives in a claustrophobic universe where “every year there’s less and less air.” Yet despite the grimness of these portraits, Zhadan’s poems are familiar and enchanting, lit by the magic of everyday detail, leaving readers with a sense of hope, knowing that the will of a people “will never let it be / like it was before.”

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"Na Zachód" i "Z dala od Moskwy"? Publicystyka Mykoły Chwylowego lat 1925–1926. Historia--idee--konteksty

By Paweł Krupa

2018 | Towarzystwo Autorów i Wydawców Prac Naukowych Universitas (external site)
Copy Available: Yes

Language: Polish 
Pages: 532 
ISBN: 97883-242-3453-0 (paper)

„Na Zachód” i „z dala od Moskwy”? to próba historycznoliterackiej rekonstrukcji fragmentu działalności publicystycznej jednego z najgłośniejszych pisarzy ukraińskich lat dwudziestych XX wieku Mykoły Chwylowego (1893–1933).

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Przedmiotem analiz są trzy najważniejsze cykle pamfletów pisarza: Quo vadisMyśli pod prąd oraz Apologeci grafomaństwa, stanowiące nerw debaty dotyczącej nowoczesnej literatury i kultury ukraińskiej, toczącej się w latach 1925–1928, która odbiła się głośnym echem w Ukrainie radzieckiej oraz ZSRR. Józef Stalin, śledząc jej przebieg, grzmiał: „Podczas gdy zachodnioeuropejscy proletariusze i ich partie komunistyczne pełne są sympatii dla «Moskwy» i z zachwytem patrzą na sztandar powiewający w Moskwie, ukraiński komunista Chwylowy nie ma dla «Moskwy» żadnych innych słów prócz wezwania do działaczy ukraińskich, aby «czym prędzej» uciekali od «Moskwy»”.

Gruntowna analiza publicystyki Chwylowego łączy się w książce z szerokimi ujęciami kontekstualnymi wybranych problemów jego pisarstwa (człowiek Faustowski, psychologiczna Europa, upodrzędnienie postkolonialne).

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Ukraine's Quest for Identity: Embracing Cultural Hybridity in Literary Imagination, 1991–2011

By Maria G. Rewakowicz

2018 | Lexington Books (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 294 
ISBN: 978-1-4985-3881-7 (cloth) 

Ukraine's Quest for Identity: Embracing Cultural Hybridity in Literary Imagination, 1991–2011 is the first study that looks at the literary process in post-independence Ukraine comprehensively and attempts to draw the connection between literary production and identity construction.

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In its quest for identity Ukraine has followed a path similar to other postcolonial societies, the main characteristics of which include a slow transition, hybridity, and identities negotiated on the center-periphery axis. This monograph concentrates on major works of literature produced during the first two decades of independence and places them against the background of clearly identifiable contexts such as regionalism, gender issues, language politics, social ills, and popular culture. It also shows that Ukrainian literary politics of that period privileges the plurality and hybridity of national and cultural identities. By engaging postcolonial discourse and insisting that literary production is socially instituted, Maria G. Rewakowicz explores the reasons behind the tendency toward cultural hybridity and plural identities in literary imagination. Ukraine’s Quest for Identity will appeal to all those keen to study cultural, social and political ramifications of the collapse of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe and beyond.

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The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps

By Sandra Semchuk

2019 | University of Alberta Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 312 
ISBN: 978-1-77212-378-4 (paper)

From 1914 to 1920, thousands of men who had immigrated to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were unjustly imprisoned as “enemy aliens,” some with their families.

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Many communities in Canada where internees originated do not know these stories of Ukrainians, Germans, Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Alevi Kurds, Armenians, Ottoman Turks, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Serbians, Slovaks, and Slovenes, amongst others. While most internees were Ukrainians, almost all were civilians.

The Stories Were Not Told presents this largely unrecognized event through photography, cultural theory, and personal testimony, including stories told at last by internees and their descendants. Semchuk describes how lives and society have been shaped by acts of legislated discrimination and how to move toward greater reconciliation, remembrance, and healing. This is necessary reading for anyone seeking to understand the cross-cultural and intergenerational consequences of Canada’s first national internment operations.

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Higher Education in Post-Communist States: Comparative and Sociological Perspectives

Edited By A. Salem, Gary Hazeldine, David Morgan

2018 | ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press; distributed by Columbia University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 276 
ISBN: 978-3-8382-1183-1 (paper)

To what extent have universities in post-Communist states adopted the practices and habits of their branded and consumer-oriented equivalents in the English-speaking world?

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While not assuming that university education in those states reflects in any mechanistic way the regulated, business-led system long established in places such as the U.S. and now being dramatically realized in countries like Britain, this edited collection identifies some marked shifts in the direction of what might best be described as “neoliberalization,” examining its particularities in local situations where establishment ideologies were, until the early 1990s, deeply alien to all kinds of commercially driven entities. Many of the authors are concerned not only with the linked issues of commercialism, instrumentalism, bureaucracy, and managerialism, framed locally and nationally, but also with the meaning and purpose of universities outside or against their status as efficient gatherers of income. The collection makes specific reference to Lithuania, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia and Russia, and takes in both theoretical and empirical studies of diverse but connected subjects, including the marketization of the academy, regional reactions to globalization as expressed in the representational rhetoric of specific curricula, the role and place of civic education, comparisons between educational settings, pedagogies for a critical and ethical consciousness, corporate and state demands and their effects on academic freedom, and the positive potential of new communication technologies. In all these cases, the system of neoliberalism, or rather an uneven process of neoliberalization, forms a backdrop to the particular issues discussed.

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Dziga Vertov: Life and Work

By John MacKay

2018 | Academic Studies Press (external site)
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English 
Pages: 470 
ISBN: 9781618117342

Volume 1: 1896-1921

Largely forgotten during the last 20 years of his life, the Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov (1896-1954) has occupied a singular and often controversial position over the past sixty years as a founding figure of documentary, avant-garde, and political-propaganda film practice. Creator of Man with a Movie Camera (1929), perhaps the most celebrated non-fiction film ever made, Vertov is equally renowned as the most militant opponent of the canons of mainstream filmmaking in the history of cinema. This book, the first in a three-volume study, addresses Vertov's youth in the largely Jewish city of Bialystok, his education in Petrograd, his formative years of involvement in filmmaking, his experiences during the Russian Civil War, and his interests in music, poetry and technology.


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Sweet Darusya: A Tale Of Two Villages

By Maria Matios

2019 | Spuyten Duyvil (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 228 
ISBN: 978-1-947980-93-8 (paper)

Translated from Ukrainian by Michael M. Naydan and Olha Tytarenko.

"To my mind Maria Matios’ Sweet Darusya is the best contemporary Ukrainian novel written since Ukrainian Independence in 1991. It reveals a family saga that is much more dynamic than classical sagas and at the same time is much more touching and engaging. It is an emotional history of Ukraine with a very well researched and vivid historical background that gives the reader the opportunity to understand not only the characters and their drama, but the entire drama of the country/countries in which they lived without leaving their village." -Andrei Kurkov

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