Gathering a Heritage: Ukrainian, Slavonic, and Ethnic Canada and the USA

By Thomas M. Prymak

© 2014

Since the 1970s and 1980s, the study of immigration and ethnicity has grown to become an essential aspect of North American history. In Gathering a Heritage, Thomas M. Prymak uses the essays and articles he has written over the past thirty years as a historian of Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian history to reflect on the evolution of ethnic studies in Canada and the United States.

The essays included in this book explore the history of Ukrainian and Slavonic immigration to North America and the literature through which these communities and their historians have sought to recapture their past. Each previously published essay is revised and expanded and several more appear here for the first time – including the fascinating story of French Canadian writer Gabrielle Roy’s connections with Ukrainian Canadians and her tumultuous affair with a Ukrainian Canadian nationalist in pre-war London.

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Thomas M. Prymak uses the essays and articles he has written over the past thirty years as a historian of Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian history to reflect on the evolution of ethnic studies in Canada and the United States.

Gathering a Heritage: Ukrainian, Slavonic, and Ethnic Canada and the USA

By Thomas M. Prymak

© 2014

Since the 1970s and 1980s, the study of immigration and ethnicity has grown to become an essential aspect of North American history. In Gathering a Heritage, Thomas M. Prymak uses the essays and articles he has written over the past thirty years as a historian of Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian history to reflect on the evolution of ethnic studies in Canada and the United States.

The essays included in this book explore the history of Ukrainian and Slavonic immigration to North America and the literature through which these communities and their historians have sought to recapture their past. Each previously published essay is revised and expanded and several more appear here for the first time – including the fascinating story of French Canadian writer Gabrielle Roy’s connections with Ukrainian Canadians and her tumultuous affair with a Ukrainian Canadian nationalist in pre-war London.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Illustrations: 2
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This collection will be highly useful addition to the library of any scholar or student who is seeking to understand the often complex historiography of Ukrainian and Slavic studies.’


    Jim Mochoruk
    Manitoba History Journal number 80 spring 2016

    ‘This well-written volume is worth-while for those interested in emigration and immigration history. It is also good window into the ethnic dynamics of Canada’s Prairie Provinces.’


    Kurt K. Kinbacher
    Great Plains Quarterly, winter 2016

    “A gallimaufry of often-perceptive ruminations by a good-natured and long-standing observer of all things Ukrainian, Gathering a Heritage represents a scholarly memento worth having.”


    Lubomyr Luciuk, Department of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada

    “The essays in Gathering a Heritage are tributes to those individuals who spearheaded the difficult and frustrating drive of the Ukrainian community in Canada to win recognition for its often belittled, suspected, or ignored culture, language, and history. Thomas Prymak is an established scholar of Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian history. His essays are meticulously researched, carefully written, and interesting and informative without being dogmatic.”
    Oleh Gerus, Department of History, University of Manitoba
  • Author Information

    Thomas M. Prymak is a research associate of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction

    EMIGRATION STUDIES 
    1. The Great Migration: East Central Europe to the Americas in the Literatures of the Slavs: Some Examples
    2. A Little-known Book from the Late Soviet Period on the Economic Emigration from Imperial Russia to Western Europe and North America, 1880–1914
    3. Ivan Franko and Large Scale Ukrainian Economic Emigration to Canada before 1914
    4. A Polish Scholar on Polyethnic Emigration from the Republic of Poland to Canada Between the Wars

    HISTORY, HISTORIANS, AND OTHERS
    5. Dmytro Doroshenko and Canada
    6. General Histories of Ukraine Published in English During the Second World War: Canada, the United States, and Britain
    7. George W. Simpson, the Ukrainian Canadians, and the ‘Pre-history’ of Slavic Studies in Canada
    8. The Post-Secondary Teaching of the ‘History of Ukraine’ in Canada: An Historical Profile
    9. Ukrainian Scholarship in the West During the ‘Long Cold War’
    10. Lubomyr Wynar and the Ukrainian Historical Association in the United States and Canada.
    11. In the Shadow of a Political Assassination: Gabrielle Roy’s ‘Stephen’ and the Ukrainian Canadians

    LIBRARY STUDIES AND REFERENCE WORKS
    12. Inveterate Voyager: J.B. Rudnyckyj on Ukrainian Culture, Books, and Libraries in the West during the ‘Long Cold War’
    13. Scholarship on Mykhailo Hrushevsky during the Early 1980s: Ukrainian Books and Libraries in Canada and the United States
    14. Ukrainian Canada in the Encyclopedias, 1897–2010: An Historical Overview

    CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
    15. Ukrainian Canadians and Ukrainian Americans: Some Reflections and Comparisons

    Appendix: Publishing Histories
    Index

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