Heroes and Villains: Creating National History in Contemporary Ukraine (Google eBook)

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Central European University Press, 2007 - History - 363 pages
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Certain to engender debate in the media, especially in Ukraine itself, as well as the academic community. Using a wide selection of newspapers, journals, monographs, and school textbooks from different regions of the country, the book examines the sensitive issue of the changing perspectives - often shifting 180 degrees - on several events discussed in the new narratives of the Stalin years published in the Ukraine since the late Gorbachev period until 2005. These events were pivotal to Ukrainian history in the 20th century, including the Famine of 1932-33 and Ukrainian insurgency during the war years. This latter period is particularly disputed, and analyzed with regard to the roles of the OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) and the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) during and after the war. Were these organizations "freedom fighters" or "collaborators"? To what extent do they constitute, are they the architects of the modern independent state?
  

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Contents

Independent Ukraine Reviews the Past
1
The Famine of 193233
35
The OUN 192943
79
Making Heroes The Early Days of OUNUPA
125
UPAs Conflict with the Red Army and Soviet Security Forces
167
The UkrainianPolish Conflict
203
Writing New History in Ukraine
239
Assessments
283
Conclusion
303
Bibliography
315
Index
337
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David R. Marples is Professor of History at the University of Alberta.

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