Hip Hop at Europe’s Edge: Music, Agency, and Social Change

First published in 2017

Edited by Milosz Miszcynski and Adriana Helbig (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press) Responding to the development of a lively hip hop culture in Central and Eastern European countries, this book demonstrates how a universal model of hip hop serves as a contextually situated platform of cultural exchange and becomes locally ... Continue reading

Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe

First published in 2017

Olena Nikolayenko, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017) At the turn of the twenty-first century, a tide of nonviolent youth movements swept across Eastern Europe. Young people demanded political change in repressive political regimes that emerged since the collapse of communism. The Serbian ... Continue reading

Regional variations of 1932–34 famine losses in Ukraine

Oleh Wolowyna, Serhii Plokhy, Nataliia Levchuk, Omelian Rudnytskyi, Alla Kovbasiuk, Pavlo Shevchuk

Canadian Studies in Population 43, no. 3–4 (2016): 175–202.

Abstract: Yearly estimates of urban and rural direct losses (excess deaths) from the 1932–34 famine are presented for the oblasts of Soviet Ukraine. Contrary to expectations, the highest losses are not found in the grain-producing southern oblasts, but in the north-central Kyiv and Kharkiv oblasts. Several hypotheses are proposed and ... Continue reading

The Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941: A Sourcebook

First published in 2016

Alexander Motyl and Ksenya Kiebuzinski, eds., The Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941: A Sourcebook (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016) After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, executed a staggering number of political prisoners in Western Ukraine-somewhere between 10,000 and 40,000-in the ... Continue reading

Ivan Franko and the Literary Depiction of Jews. Parsing the Contexts

George G. Grabowicz

Ivan Franko und die jüdische Frage in Galizien Interkulturelle Begegnungen und Dynamiken im Schaffen des ukrainischen Schriftstellers. Göttingen : V & R Unipress, Vienna University Press im Verlag V & R Unipress, 2016, Pages 59-92.

Context is always important, but particularly so in an issue as fraught as this. The basic context for the issue addressed here is the historical and social fabric of Ukrainian-Jewish relations in the course of the 19th and early 20th century and its reflection in Ukrainian literature. As much as our general focus ... Continue reading

Demography of a man-made human catastrophe: The case of massive famine in Ukraine 1932–1933

Omelian Rudnytskyi, Nataliia Levchuk, Oleh Wolowyna, Pavlo Shevchuk, Alla Kovbasiuk

Canadian Studies in Population 42, no. 1–2 (2015): 53–80.

Abstract: Estimates of 1932–34 famine direct losses (excess deaths) by age and sex and indirect losses (lost births) are calculated, for the first time, for rural and urban areas of Ukraine. Total losses are estimated at 4.5 million, with 3.9 million excess deaths and 0.6 million lost births. Rural and urban ... Continue reading

New Imaginaries: Youthful Reinvention of Ukraine’s Cultural Paradigm

First published in 2015

Edited and Translated by Marian J. Rubchak; Foreword by Martha Kichorowska Kebalo (New York: Berghahn Books, 2015) Having been spared the constraints imposed on intellectual discourse by the totalitarian regime of the past, young Ukrainian scholars now engage with many Western ideological theories and practices in an atmosphere of intellectual ... Continue reading

Taras Shevchenko: The Making of the National Poet

George G. Grabowicz

Revue des études slaves, Paris, LXXXV/3, 2014, p. 421-439.

The bicentennial of Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) coincided with a remarkable political and social upheaval—a revolution and a national renewal that as of this writing is still ongoing and still under attack in Ukraine.1 The core, and iconic, presence of Shevchenko in that process, and dramatically and symbolically on the Euromaidan itself, has often been ... Continue reading