Lviv’s Uncertain Destination: A City and Its Train Terminal from Franz Joseph I to Brezhnev
Lviv’s Uncertain Destination examines the city’s tumultuous twentieth-century history through the lens of its main railway terminal. Whereas most existing studies of eastern European cities centre their stories on discrete ethnic groups, milestone political events, and economic changes, this book’s narrative is woven around an important site within the city’s complex spatial matrix. Combining architectural, economic, social, and everyday life history, Andriy Zayarnyuk shows how different political regimes created dissimilar social spaces even on the same streets and in the same buildings. His narrative leads us to rethink how the late imperial Habsburg and Romanov, Stalinist and post-Stalinist Soviet, interwar Polish, and Nazi German regimes produced, structured, and controlled urban space. Focusing on railway workers, the book also draws attention to the history of Lviv’s wage earners, who constituted the majority of the city’s adult population.
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- Page Count: 392 pages
- Illustrations: 55
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.1in x 9.3in
"Starting from the Lviv railway station, near which he was born, Andriy Zayarnyuk takes us through the modern history of that complicated and often tragic city. He considers the evolving challenges of ethnic rivalries, the tensions of social class, and the frequently violent political life from imperial Habsburg days through the Great War, Polish domination, Nazi occupation, Russian and Soviet hegemony, and into contemporary Europe, where Lviv is the most prosperous city in troubled Ukraine. This is a splendid, important, and truly engaging book."
John Merriman, Department of History, Yale University
"With expert research, Lviv’s Uncertain Destination combines a very thorough analysis of archives along with published contemporary primary sources, while uniquely using the train terminal in Lviv as a point of departure for a socio-economic and political history of the city."
Theodore R. Weeks, Department of History, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Author InformationAndriy Zayarnyuk is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg.
Table of contents
Note on Transliteration
Archives, Manuscript Depositories, and Related Abbreviations
Abbreviations Used for Political Parties, State Offices, Associations, and Railway Divisions
List of Figures
1. City Gates of the Steam Age
2. The Shape of Things to Come
3. Steal, Stone, Sweat, and Imagination
4. Inter Arma
5. Virtuti Militari
6. The Catastrophe
7. “We Shall Rebuild Splendidly”
8. Order without Law
9. Terminal for All
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