Fashioning Modern Ukraine: Selected Writings of Mykola Kostomarov, Volodymyr Antonovych, and Mykhailo Drahomanov

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The collection Fashioning Modern Ukraine: Selected Writings of Mykola Kostomarov, Volodymyr Antonovych, and Mykhailo Drahomanov presents for the first time in English a number of seminal texts by three major nineteenth-century scholars and leaders of the national movement in Ukraine. The first and third sections of the book feature respectively the writings of Mykola Kostomarov and Mykhailo Drahomanov-descendants of the Cossack middle stratum and members of an influential Ukrainian intelligentsia that arose from that stratum. The second section highlights the works of Volodymyr Antonovych-the most prominent member of a group of Polish nobles of Right-Bank Ukraine who professed democratic values and in the early 1860s declared themselves Ukrainian. In their day Kostomarov, Antonovych, and Drahomanov were leading Ukrainian historians, political theorists, and intellectuals, but their ideas continued to be significant even later, in the early twentieth century, when the Ukrainian national movement relied heavily on their writings for inspiration and direction.

The editor of this book, Serhiy Bilenky, has also written the introduction, biographical notes, explanatory prefaces, and many supplementary footnotes. In the conclusion to his introduction he points out the importance of publishing this collection: “The ideas and political activity of major intellectuals of nineteenth-century Ukraine, such as Mykola Kostomarov, Volodymyr Antonovych, and Mykhailo Drahomanov, were directly or indirectly responsible both for the major achievements and for the no less spectacular failures of the Ukrainian national movement and, as such, deserve to be studied with great attention today, when Ukrainian identity, culture, and statehood face a number of new and old challenges from within and without.”

The collection includes the following texts:

  • Mykola Kostomarov: excerpts from “The Autobiography of Mykola Kostomarov” (1922)
  • Mykola Kostomarov: “The Autobiography” (1885)
  • Mykola Kostomarov: “Two Rus’ Nationalities”
  • Volodymyr Antonovych: “Memoirs”
  • Volodymyr Antonovych: “My Confession”
  • Volodymyr Antonovych: “The Views of the Ukrainophiles”
  • Mykhailo Drahomanov: “Autobiographical Sketch”
  • Mykhailo Drahomanov: “Jews and Poles in the Southwestern Region”
  • Mykhailo Drahomanov: “Selected Correspondence with the Old Hromada of Kyiv”

Additional information

Weight 1.1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 17 × 5 cm
Author

Format

Hardcover, Paperback

Language

English

Year Published

2014

Reviews

  1. Marko R. Stech

    Professor David Saunders of Newcastle University, UK, wrote a review of Fashioning Modern Ukraine. It was published in East/West Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol. III, No. 2 (2016), pp. 177-79. Here is the link: http://ewjus.com/index.php/ewjus/article/view/225/93

  2. Marko R. Stech

    Professor Piotr Wróbel of the University of Toronto wrote a Polish-language review of Fashioning Modern Ukraine. It was published in Przegląd Historyczny, vol. CV, no. 3, 2014, pp. 529-31.

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