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The Ukrainian divide

The power of historical narratives, imagined communities, and collective memories

Alina Penkala, Ilse Derluyn, and Ine Lietaert

The spring of 2014 in Ukraine and the avalanche of events that ensued caused serious regional, interregional, and global implications, and up until today, the East–West regional divide is unequivocally problematic and present in Ukraine. A deeper

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Nadzeya Husakouskaya

In April 2014, when I came to Ukraine to start fieldwork for my PhD research, the spirit of the EuroMaidan had strengthened, Crimea had just been annexed, and the country was about to elect a new president for a five-year term. The popular

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Olesya Khromeychuk

Analyzing the participation of women in the Ukrainian nationalist movement from the 1930s to the 1950s—represented in this article by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (Orhanizatsiia Ukrains’kykh Natsionalistiv, OUN) and the Ukrainian

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Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation

An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine

Zuzana Novakova

Background: The Society “Under Reform” Four years ago, mass protests were in full range in Ukraine, with demonstrators demanding a better society. Beyond the call for dignified conditions of life and a shared distaste for the regime represented by

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Narrating the Second World War

History Textbooks and Nation Building in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine

Lina Klymenko

Shahnoza Nozimova explored the portrayal of Uzbeks as the “constituting other” and Russians as the “external self” in contemporary Tajik history textbooks. 2 Jan Janmaat investigated how Russia and Russians are represented in Ukrainian school history

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Valeriy Heyets

of the state—as main actor in the sociopolitical/legal dimension—with main actors of the socioeconomic/financial dimension and the sociocultural/welfare dimension for the change of social quality of daily circumstances of people in Ukraine. Proposed

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War Memories and Online Encyclopedias

Framing 30 June 1941 in Wikipedia

Mykola Makhortykh

affects collective memories and teaching practices in post-Soviet space, this article explores how one episode of the Second World War—the capture of the Ukrainian city of Lviv by the Germans in 1941—is framed via Wikipedia. Not only does this event, which

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Underground waterlines

Explaining political quiescence of Ukrainian labor unions

Denys Gorbach

The largest mobilization event in Ukraine's modern history, the 2013–2014 Maidan protests, which led to the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych, started as a preparation for a general strike. However, the strike never happened, and the labor

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Tadashi Hirai

and Eastern Europe (CEE) in general and in Ukraine in particular. As will be shown in the section below reporting the results of my empirical study, Ukraine is in crisis in multiple ways. The combination in Ukraine of a low level of trust and a high

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The many faces of Turkish Odessa

Ecumenical communities and multiple alliances across the Black Sea

Vera Skvirskaja

The article discusses regional territoriality by looking at the heterogeneous community of Turkish male migrants and the multiple alliances they establish in post-Soviet Odessa, Ukraine. In its public image, the city plays down ideas of urban continuities with the Ottoman past, but new relations between Turkish newcomers and various Turkic-speaking groups in the area both create different and overlapping “ecumenical communities” and actualize long-forgotten connections or marginal historical visions. These migrants also generate important links to the area through marriage and intimate relations with Slav women. I argue that alliances between Turkish migrants and Turkic-speaking minorities and local women not only allow them to make the city their own, but also create a distance from wider Odessan society.