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Beyond the Battle: Insights from HURI's Latest Book on Language in Ukraine

Graziosi feature

The Battle for Ukrainian: A Comparative Perspective is the most up-to-date examination of the history and status of the Ukrainian language. The articles gathered in this book are the fruit of a conference organized to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Valuev Circular, which restricted the use of the Ukrainian language in print. With case studies of countries with similar language situations and contributions from linguists, historians of languages, sociolinguistics, literary specialists, historians, and political scientists, this work is broad in region and discipline.

While the Ukrainian language’s "tumultuous path" is centuries old, as the Valuev anniversary attests, news headlines today are a constant reminder that the role of Ukrainian remains a matter of public and political debate, with implications for nation-building. In this article, Michael S. Flier, Andrea Graziosi, and Volodymyr Kulyk offer insights from the book and comments on its significance.

Welcome, HUSI Class of 2017!

Sophia Wilson, HUSI instructor

The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) began its 47th annual program on Saturday, June 17. During the weekend, students from around the country and the world kicked off the start of the summer term with orientation activities.

Over the next few months, our students, faculty, and guest speakers will create the strong community that sets HUSI apart from other academic summer programs. We’re excited to see the unique contributions each student brings, drawing on their diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences. As the program progresses, the students will share their reflections and insights on our HUSI blog, so check back often for a little taste of life at the Institute. For now, meet a few of our students and join us in welcoming them!

The Battle for Ukrainian: A New Book from HURI Publications

The Battle for Ukrainian

HURI is pleased to announce the publication of its latest volume, The Battle for Ukrainian: A Comparative Perspective. Edited by Michael S. Flier and Andrea Graziosi, this collection of 24 articles is a monumental study of the Ukrainian language and its place in Ukraine over the course of 150 years.

Case studies of Gaelic, Finnish, Yiddish, the Baltic group, and of language policy in Canada, India, and the former Yugoslavia illuminate similarities and differences in a dialogue construed broadly in chronological, comparative, international, and transnational terms. The result is an interdisciplinary study that is essential for understanding language, history, and politics in Ukraine and in the postimperial world. 

This book can be ordered on the Harvard University Press website and on Amazon. 

HURI’s MAPA Project Travels the World

MAPA Presentation

Earlier this year, HURI’s MAPA team—which includes Kostyantyn Bondarenko (MAPA Project Director), Serhii Plokhii (MAPA Project Faculty Director), and Viktoria Sereda (MAPA Project Research Fellow)—added a new project to the MAPA website. The History and Identity webmap takes survey data (gathered through a project Sereda has been working on and by other sociological centers) to depict historical memory and identity in contemporary Ukraine.

The MAPA program has been presented around the world at conferences and academic events. The team showed audiences how to use MAPA, offered their analyses based on the data, and used MAPA to visually depict information in research presentations. Many of these presentations are available online, with links to videos included in this roundup article.

Book List by Author


Titles marked by an asterisk (*) are available directly from HURI.

Abramson, Henry, A Prayer for the Government: Jews and Ukrainians in Revolutionary Times; ISBN 0-916458-88-1 (cloth) $36.95

Altbauer, Moshe, and Horace Lunt, eds., An Early Slavonic Psalter from Rus', Volume I; ISBN 0-674223-10-1 (cloth) $7.95

Altbauer, Moshe, with Ihor Sevcenko and Bohdan Struminsky, An Orthodox Pomjanyk of the Seventeenth–Eighteenth Centuries; ISBN 0-916458-32-6 (cloth) $7.95

*Balmaceda, Margarita M., et al., eds., Independent Belarus: Domestic Determinants, Regional Dynamics, and Implications for the West; ISBN 0-916458-94-6 (paper) $26.50

*Beauplan, Guillaume Le Vasseur, Sieur de, with Andrew B. Pernal and Dennis F. Essar trans. and annot., A Description of Ukraine; ISBN 0-916458-44-X (cloth) $78.95 Facsimile edition and Ukrainian translation (sold as a set), ISBN 0-916458-39-3, ISBN 0916458-40-7 (small format, cloth) $5.00

*Bociurkiw, Bohdan R., Ukrainian Churches under Soviet Rule: Two Case Studies; ISBN 0-9609822-3-X (paper booklet) $1.00

*Bohachevsky-Chomiak, Martha, Political Communities and Gendered Ideology in Contemporary Ukraine; ISBN 0-916458-72-5 (paper booklet) $5.50

Czaplicka, John, Lviv: A City in the Crosscurrents of Culture; ISBN 0-916458-97-0 (cloth) $39.95

*Featherstone, Jeffrey, trans., with an introduction by A. E. Tachiaos, The Life of Paisij Velyckovs'kyj; ISBN 0-916458-36-9 (paper) $18.95

Fizer, John, Alexander A. Potebnja's Psycholinguistic Theory of Literature: A Metacritical Inquiry; ISBN 0-916458-16-4 (cloth) $20.95

*Franklin, Simon, Sermons and Rhetoric of Kievan Rus'; ISBN 0-916458-41-5 (paper) $18.95

Frick, David A., intro., The Collected Works of Meletij Smotryc'kyj (facsimile); ISBN 0916458-20-2 (cloth) $15.00

*Frick, David A., intro., The Jevanhelije ucytelnoje of Meletij Smotryc'kyj (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-21-0 (cloth) $15.00

Frick, David A., Meletij Smotryc'kyj; ISBN 0-916458-55-5 (cloth) $33.50; ISBN 0916458-60-1 (paper) $18.95

*From Kievan Rus' to Modern Ukraine: The Formation of the Ukrainian Nation; ISBN 0-9609822-2-1 (pamphlet) $1.00

*Gajecky, George, The Cossack Administration of the Hetmanate; ISBN 0-916458-02-4 (2-part set; paper) $10.00

Gitelman, Zvi, et al., eds., Cultures and Nations of Central and Eastern Europe: Essays in Honor of Roman Szporluk; ISBN 0-916458-93-8 (cloth) $26.50

Grabowicz, George G., The Poet as Mythmaker: A Study of Symbolic Meaning in Taras Sevcenko; ISBN 0-674678-52-4 (cloth) $21.00

Grabowicz, George G., Towards a History of Ukrainian Literature; ISBN 0-674896-769 (paper) $7.95

Graziosi, Andrea, The Great Soviet Peasant War: Bolsheviks and Peasants, 1917–1933;

ISBN 0-916458-83-0 (paper booklet) $5.50

Grimsted, Patricia Kennedy, Trophies of War and Empire: The Archival Heritage of Ukraine, World War II, and the International Politics of Restitution; ISBN 0-916458-768 (paper) $19.95

Gudziak, Borys A., Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest; ISBN 0-916458-92-X (paper) $24.95

Hajda, Lubomyr A., ed., Ukraine in the World: Studies in the International Relations and Security Structure of a Newly Independent State; ISBN 0-916458-89-X (paper) $19.95

Heppell, Muriel, trans. and intro., The Paterik of the Kievan Caves Monastery; ISBN 0916458-27-X (cloth) $18.95

Herlihy, Patricia, Odessa: A History; ISBN 0-916458-15-6 (cloth) $30.50; ISBN 0916458-43-1 (paper) $18.95

Heuman, Susan, Kistiakovsky: The Struggle for National and Constitutional Rights in the Last Years of Tsarism; ISBN 0-916458-61-X (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0-916458-65-2 (paper) $18.95

Himka, John-Paul, Socialism in Galicia: The Emergence of Polish Social Democracy and Ukrainian Radicalism (1860–1890); ISBN 0-916458-07-5 (paper) $18.95

*Hogan, Ed, et al., eds., From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine; ISBN 0939010-53-4 (cloth) $24.95; ISBN 0-939010-52-6 (paper) $12.95

Hollingsworth, Paul, trans. and intro., The Hagiography of Kievan Rus'; ISBN 0916458-28-8 (cloth) $30.50; ISBN 0-916458-52-0 (paper) $18.95

Hunczak, Taras, ed., The Ukraine, 1917–1921: A Study in Revolution; ISBN 0-67492009-0 $14.50

*Hvat, Ivan, The Catacomb Ukrainian Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II; ISBN 09609822-5-6 (pamphlet) $1.00

Ilnytzkyj, Oleh S., Ukrainian Futurism, 1914–1921: A Historical and Critical Study;

ISBN 0-916458-56-3 (cloth) $36.95; ISBN 0-916458-59-8 (paper) $17.95

Kami´nski, A. S., Republic vs. Autocracy: Poland-Lithuania and Russia, 1686–1697; ISBN 0-916458-45-8 (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0-916458-49-0 (paper) $18.95

Keenan, Edward L., Josef Dobrovsk´y and the Origins of the Igor' Tale; ISBN 0916458-96-2 (cloth) $49.95

Kohut, Zenon E., Russian Centralism and Ukrainian Autonomy: Imperial Absorption of the Hetmanate, 1760s–1830s; ISBN 0-916458-17-2 (cloth) $28.50

Kolodziejczyk, Dariusz, The Ottoman Survey Register of Podolia (ca. 1681) = Defter-i Mufassal-i Eyalet-i Kamanice; ISBN 0-916458-78-4 (2 parts set; cloth)

*Koropeckyj, I. S., ed., Selected Contributions of Ukrainian Scholars to Economics; ISBN 0-916458-10-5 (cloth) $14.00

Koropeckyj, I. S., ed., Ukrainian Economic History: Interpretive Essays; ISBN 0916458-35-0 (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0-916458-63-6 (paper) $18.95

Koropeckyj, I. S., ed., The Ukrainian Economy: Achievements, Problems, Challenges; ISBN 0-916458-51-2 (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0-916458-57-1 (paper) $18.95

Lewin, Paulina, intro., Seventeenth-Century Writings on the Kievan Caves Monastery (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-24-5 (cloth) $15.00

Lunt, Horace, and Moshe Taube, The Slavonic Book of Esther; ISBN 0-916458-80-6 (cloth) $42.00

Lutsenko, Yuri, intro., Hryhorij Hrabjanka's The Great War of Bohdan Khmel'nyc'kyj (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-38-5 (cloth) $15.00

Lysheha, Oleh, James Brasfield and author, trans., Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha; ISBN 0-916458-90-3 (paper) $13.50

Mace, James, Communism and the Dilemmas of National Liberation: National Communism in Soviet Ukraine, 1918–1933; ISBN 0-91648-09-1 (cloth) $28.50 (can also be ordered from HUP)

*Magocsi, Paul Robert, ed., The Ukrainian Experience in the U.S.: A Symposium; ISBN 0-916458-04-0 (cloth) $5.00

Markovits, Andrei S., and Frank E. Sysyn, eds., Nationbuilding and the Politics of Nationalism: Essays on Austrian Galicia; ISBN 0-6746031-12-5 (paper) $18.95

Morozov, Kostiantyn P., Above and Beyond: From Soviet General to Ukrainian State Builder; ISBN 0-916458-77-6 (cloth) $31.50

Morozov, Kostiantyn, et al., The Military Tradition in Ukrainian History: Its Role in the Construction of Ukraine's Armed Forces; ISBN 0-916458-73-3 (paper booklet) $5.50

*Motyl, Alexander J., Making Ukraine, and Remaking It; ISBN 0-916458-99-7 (paper booklet) $5.00

Ostrowski, Donald, ed. and col., with David Birnbaum and Horace G. Lunt, The Povest' vremennykh let: An Interlinear Collation and Paradosis; ISBN 0-916458-91-1 (3-part set; cloth) $125.00

Plokhy, Serhii, Tsars and Cossacks: A Study in Iconography; ISBN 0-916458-95-4 (paper) $18.95

Pritsak, Omeljan, intro., The Old Rus' Kievan and Galician-Volhynian Chronicles (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-37-7 (cloth) $15.00

Pritsak, Omeljan, The Origins of the Old Rus' Weights and Monetary Systems; ISBN 0916458-48-2 (cloth) $30.50

Pritsak, Omeljan and Orest Subtelny, intros., The Diariusz podro·zny and Other Writings of Pylyp Orlyk (facsimile); 0-916458-25-3 (cloth) $15.00 (vol. 5); ISBN 0916458-26-1 (cloth) $15.00 (vol. 6); vol. 7 withdrawn Pritsak, Omeljan and Bohdan Struminsky, intro., Lev Krevza's Obrona iednosci cierkiewney and Zaxarija Kopystens'kyj's Palinodija (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-22-9 (cloth) $15.00

Pugh, Stefan M., Testament to Ruthenian: A Linguistic Analysis of the Smotryc'kyj Variant; ISBN 0-916458-75-X (cloth) $42.00

Rieger, Janusz A., A Lexical Atlas of the Hutsul Dialects of the Ukrainian Language;

ISBN 8-386619-90-2 (paper) $39.95

Rosman, M. J., The Lords' Jews: Magnate-Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 18th Century; ISBN 0-916458-18-0 (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0916458-47-4 (paper) $18.95

*Sevcenko, Ihor, Byzantine Roots of Ukrainian Christianity; ISBN 0-9609822-4-8 (paper booklet) $1.00

Sevcenko, Ihor, Byzantium and the Slavs: In Letters and in Culture; ISBN 0-916458-121 (cloth) $52.50

*Sevcenko, Ihor, The Many Worlds of Peter Mohyla; ISBN 0-9609822-7-2 (paper booklet) $1.00

Shandor, Vincent, Carpatho-Ukraine in the Twentieth Century; ISBN 0-916458-86-5 (cloth) $34.50

*Shcherbak, Yuri, The Strategic Role of Ukraine: Diplomatic Addresses and Lectures (1994–1997); ISBN 0-916458-85-7 (paper) $13.00

Shevelov, George Y., The Ukrainian Language in the First Half of the Twentieth Century (1900–1941): Its State and Status; ISBN 0-916458-30-X (cloth) $28.50

Snyder, Timothy, Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1872–1905); ISBN 0-916458-84-9 (paper) $18.95

Strumi´nski, Bohdan, trans. and intro., Lev Krevza's Defense of Church Unity and Zaxarija Kopystens'ky's Palinodia; ISBN 0-916458-29-6 (cloth) $60.90

Struminsky, Bohdan, Pseudo-Melesko: A Ukrainian Apocryphal Parliamentary Speech of 1615–1618; ISBN 0-916458-11-3 (cloth) $7.50

*Sysyn, Frank E., History, Culture, and Nation: An Examination of Seventeenth-Century Ukrainian History Writing; ISBN 0-940465-03-5 (paper booklet) $1.00

*Sysyn, Frank E., The Ukrainian Orthodox Question in the USSR; ISBN 0-940465-02-7 (paper booklet) $1.00

Veder, William R., trans., with introductions by William R. Veder and Anatolij A. Turilov, The Edificatory Prose of Kievan Rus'; ISBN 0-916458-54-7 (cloth) $30.50; ISBN 0-916458-58-X (paper) $18.95

Walicki, Andrzej, Poland Between East and West: The Controversies over Self-Definition and Modernization in Partitioned Poland; ISBN 0-916458-71-7 (paper booklet) $5.50

*Williams, George H., Protestants in the Ukrainian Lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; ISBN 0-940465-05-1 (paper booklet) $1.00

Wolowyna, Oleh, ed., Ethnicity and National Identity: Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics of Persons with Ukrainian Mother Tongue in the United States; ISBN 0916458-14-8 (cloth) $7.95

*Zilyns'kyj, Ivan, Wolodymyr T. Zyla and Wendell M. Aycock, trans., A Phonetic Description of the Ukrainian Language; ISBN 0-674666-12-7 (paper) $14.50

NEXT EVENT

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017 7:15pm - 9:00pm


German Perceptions and Policies toward Ukrainians of the Generalgouvernement, 1939-1945
Pawel Markiewicz, Jagiellonian University, Krakow

Room S-050, CGIS South, Harvard University


Full Calendar

IN THE MEDIA

Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director

December 22, 2016. Foreign Policy. The Dissolution: Why Did the Collapse of the Soviet Union Go So Wrong? 

December 22, 2016. Wall Street Journal. Serhii Plokhy on Soviet espionage.

December 22, 2016. Boston Globe. Book Review: Assassination 101, KGB style.

December 21, 2016. New Pathway. Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture 2016.

December 6, 2016. Voice of America. Interview: 25 лет после распада СССР: «Историю обмануть не удалось».

December 1, 2016. Україна Модерна. Сергій Плохій: “Україна змінюється: я відчуваю себе тут сьогодні більш-менш нормальним істориком України, який не мусить платити за свої тексти.”

October 1, 2016. Укрінформ. Україна має союзників для побудови відносин з адміністрацією Трампа.

August 24, 2016. Громадське Радіо. Я написав книгу, щоб іноземці розуміли українську історію, — професор Гарварду. 

August 24, 2016. Hromadske. How Ukrainians Were Responsible For The End Of The Cold War (YouTube). 

August 19, 2016. Hromadske Radio.Shadow of the 1991 Moscow Coup Today. 

August 19, 2016. Громадське Телебачення. Україна зіграла вирішальну роль у розпаді СРСР після путчу — Сергій Плохій (YouTube).

May 23, 2016. New Eastern Europe. To and for Europe: Review of 'The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine'.

May 23, 2016. New Eastern Europe. Plokhy awarded as "Ambassador of New Europe."

May 18, 2016. The Financial Times. Ukraine sings to a tune of new national pride.

March 5, 2016. Україна Модерна. Вийти за межі: міркування над епілогом «Останньої імперії» Сергія Плохія 

March 1, 2016. Chornobyl: The Tombstone of the Reckless Empire. 

January 10, 2016. The Daily Beast: Are Russians and Ukrainians the Same People?

December 24, 2015. The Telegraph. The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy, review: 'an indispensable guide to a tragic history'.

December 12, 2015. Голос Америки. Чому імперське бачення веде до війни та що собою являє українська нація - Гарвардський історик.

December 3, 2015. The Independent. The Gates of Europe, A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy, book review.

December 2015. H-Net. Zayarnyuk on Plokhy, 'The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine'.

October 26, 2015. Publishers Weekly. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. 

October 11, 2015. El País. Las sombras del imperio. 

October 8, 2015. Wirtualna Polska. Kulisy rozpadu ZSRR. Serhii Plokhy dla WP: zadecydowały negocjacje przywódców Rosji i Ukrainy.

September 2, 2015. Kirkus Reviews. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. A sympathetic survey of the history of Ukraine along the East-West divide, from ancient divisions to present turmoil.

August 15, 2015. The Future of the Past: The Ukraine Crisis in the Historical Perspective.

May 18, 2015. History of the final days of the USSR wins Pushkin House Russian Book Prize.

May 18, 2015. «Последняя империя» Сергея Плохия была объявлена победителем Русской Книжной Премии Пушкинского Дома 2015.

May 5, 2015. Serhii Plokhii on Hromadske International "The Sunday Show".

April 22, 2015. Scholar Reframes Vision Of Cold War’s End. Serhii Plokhy interviewed by Marta Dyczok. 

April 17, 2015. The Globe and Mail. The Soviet Union didn’t die.

March 30, 2015. Lionel Gelber Prize Announces 25th Anniversary Winner. 

March 6, 2015. Сергій Плохій: «Суспільство, яке сьогодні твориться, вимагає іншої історії…».

March 6, 2015. Pasaulis neišmoko 1938–1939 m. pamokų. O Lietuva? (in Lithuanian) 

March 4, 2015. Serhii Plokhii Discusses 'The Last Empire'. 

March 3, 2015. Тиждень.ua. Для багатьох уперше виникає образ Росії як іншого й дедалі частіше як ворога.

July 27, 2014. The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhii.

July 14, 2014. The Dissolution of the Soviet Union.

June 24, 2014. Chronicling the Last Empire.

June 21, 2014. World History - "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union" - Book TV.

June 9, 2014. The Ghosts of ’91.

June 2, 2014. The Last Empire. The Final Days of the Soviet Union.

June 2, 2014. Then and Now. Ukraine and Russia, Money and Politics.

May 21, 2014. The Moscow Times: Plokhy's 'The last empire' is the best account of the Soviet collapse yet

May 18, 2014. Book Review. Plokhy's 'The Last Empire' Is the Best Account of the Soviet Collapse Yet.

May 12, 2014. The Takeaway. Eastern Ukraine Votes, Pro-Russian Separatists Claim Victory.

May 3, 2014. Сергій Плохій: «Історики мають перейти від пропаганди місцевих «правд» до написання історії нації, де фігуруватимуть усі регіони, включно із Кримом».

February 25, 2014. The New York Times. The West Must Work With Russia.

February 21, 2014. Here & Now. What Ukraine’s History Tells Us About Its Future.

February 21, 2014. The Takeaway. Violence & Political Unrest Continues to Erupt in Ukraine.

February 20, 2014. The Ohio Channel. Ukraine: Headed for Revolution?

February 20, 2014. Bloomberg's Radio. Harvard’s Plokhii Calls Ukraine Violence Unprecedented.

February 20, 2014. Harvard Gazette. Confrontation in Ukraine.

February 19, 2014. National Catholic Register. Ukraine at the Breaking Point: 26 Dead, but Spirit Undefeated.

February 19, 2014. KQED Radio. Violence Grows in Ukraine.

February 19, 2014. National Geographic. Q&A: Ukraine's Dangerous Turn Has Roots in History.

January 27, 2014. Majority Report: Ukraine Protests Explained.

December 27, 2013. National Catholic Register. Ukraine’s ‘Maidan’ Protests Are Spiritual as Well as Political.

December 4, 2013. NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook. Ukraine Splits Over East-West Economic Rivalry.

Christian Raffensperger, HURI Associate

Anne Applebaum, HURI Affiliate

Oxana Shevel, HURI Associate

Nadiya Kravets, HURI Research Fellow

HURI Shapes US View on Ukraine

Olga Onuch, HURI Affiliate

MAPA Project

Yuri Shevchuk, HURI Affiliate

Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor at Slavic Department, Editor at HURI

Volodymyr Sklokin, Shklar Fellow 2014-15

Roman Szporluk, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Emeritus, Harvard University

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