Brothers or Enemies: The Ukrainian National Movement and Russia from the 1840s to the 1870s
Contrary to the prevailing opinion, the idea of Ukrainian independence did not emerge at the end of the nineteenth-century. In Brothers and Enemies, Johannes Remy reveals that the roots of Ukrainian independence were planted fifty years earlier.
Remy contextualizes the Ukrainian national movement against the backdrop of the Russian Empire and its policy of oppression in the mid-nineteenth-century. Remy utilizes a wide range of unpublished archival sources to shed light on topics that are absent from current discourse including: Ilarion Vasilchikov’s alliance with Ukrainian activists in 1861, the forged revolutionary proclamation used to deport Pavlo Chubynsky (who is known today as the author of the Ukrainian national anthem), and the 1864 negotiations between Kyiv activists and the Polish National Government. Brothers and Enemies is the first systematic study of imperial censorship policies during the period and will be of interest to those who seek a better understanding of the current Ukrainian-Russian conflict.
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- Page Count: 344 pages
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‘I found this book well-written and clarifying history of a less documented era in Ukrainian history.’
Charitie V. Hyman
The Russian Review vol 76:04:2017
‘This is a rare study of a unique period in the history of the antagonistic relations between the Ukrainian national movement and the Russian imperial government.’
Slavonic and East European Review vol 95:03:2017
"Brothers or Enemies is a welcome addition to the small but growing body of new scholarship on nineteenth century Russian borderlands, and, specifically, on Ukraine."
Slavic Review Vol 77:01:2020
"Johannes Remy is one of the most assiduous and productive researchers working on the development of Ukranian national identity in the Russian empire during the second half of the nineteenth century…[R]esearchers working on the Ukranian movement in Russia will find this volume a valuable resource."
Canadian Slavonic Papers, June 28 (Online)
"Remy’s book Brothers or Enemies should become indispensable for all historians of nineteenth-century Ukraine. It should also be of great use to historians specializing in Ukranian-Russian relations."
Sirhiy Bilenky, Canadian Institute of Ukranian Studies
East/West: Journal of Ukranian Studies, vol VI, 1
"Remy’s in-depth exploration of the Russian and Ukrainian archives, as well as many other half-forgotten and unpublished historical sources, is probably the most important and laudable aspect of his monograph. He pays attention even to minor details, for which scholars will be grateful."
Volodymyr Kravchenko, University of Alberta
"This is an impressive account of the mid- to late-nineteenth-century divergence of the ideas of Russia and Ukraine. It is firmly grounded in all the relevant primary and secondary literature, well organized, clearly written, and not weighed down by too much theory or abstraction. The author’s even-handedness in a field which has long been bedevilled by nationalistic approaches does him great credit."
David Saunders, Professor of Russian History, Newcastle University
"Brothers or Enemies demonstrates Dr. Remy’s enormous erudition and painstaking research effort. The result is nothing less than a comprehensive history of the Ukrainian national movement in the Russian Empire during the crucial period 1845–1876."
Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor of Slavic Studies, University of Victoria
Author InformationJohannes Remy is a postdoctoral research fellow at the College of Europe Natolin (Warsaw).
Table of contents
2 From the Cyrillo-Methodian Society to the Death of Nicholas I, 1845–1855
3 Ukrainian Literature and Censorship, 1855–59
4 Ukrainian Publishing, Russians, and the Empire in the Beginning of the 1860s
5 Ukrainian Clandestine Activities and Government Reaction, 1856–1864
6 Imperial Policies and the Ukrainian Movement, 1863–76
7 The Ukrainian Movement and Russia in the 1870s
8 Aftermath and Conclusions
2018 Ivan Franko International Prize- Winner in 2018
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