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    Ukrainian National Communism: challenging history

    Palko, Olena (2014) Ukrainian National Communism: challenging history. Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe 22 (1), pp. 27-48. ISSN 0965-156X.

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    The aim of this article is to examine the evolution of national communism in Ukraine in the twentieth century. In this paper, national communism in Ukraine is discussed as the only possible legal opposition to the Soviet authority that arose from the contradiction between the interests of the centralized state (in the Soviet Union as a whole) and claims for national self-determination either in cultural, economic or political dimensions (in the union republics). It is argued that national communist opposition was latently presented during all 70 years of Soviet rule; however, certain periods, when national communism succeeded in entering the political scene with clear demands against an anti-national Soviet policy, are distinguished. Each period is discussed with reference to the political situation in the USSR which enabled the activization of the national movement in Ukraine and its further penetration into the local party apparatus. Conclusions on the vitality of national communist ideas in contemporary Ukrainian society are drawn.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Ukrainian national communism, sovereign communism, national liberation movement in Ukraine, Ukrainian SSR
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Olena Palko
    Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 10:31
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:47


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