Ukrainian-Russian Relations in the Historical and Ethnopolitical Context of the National Revolution of 1917-1921

Левітас, Фелікс Львович and Салата, Оксана Олексіївна and Ладний, Юрій Анатолійович (2019) Ukrainian-Russian Relations in the Historical and Ethnopolitical Context of the National Revolution of 1917-1921 Сторінки Історії (48). pp. 31-48. ISSN 2411-0647


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The national revolution of 1917-1921 is an important phenomenon in Ukrainian history. These fateful events launched Ukrainian national revival and the restoration of national statehood, previously destroyed by Russian autocracy in the second half of the 18th century. For that matter, investigations of Ukrainian Revolution 1917-1921 are popular now. An overview of contemporary historical narratives shows that ethnopolitical processes in Ukraine are the least investigated topics. This fact has been caused by a number of circumstances. Schorarly estimations of the Ukrainian authorities' policy towards national minorities and the attitude of the ethnic Ukrainian population to the aspirations of the nascent Ukrainian state for a long time were subjected to myths, schemes and personal prejudices. Many contemporary Ukrainian historians continue to exploit the subject of historical burdens in international relations and consider ethnic groups in Ukraine as "foreigners" not belonging to the "titular nation", as if they were exclusively outside of the Ukrainian historical narrative. The tasks of our historical research is to highlight important historical and ethnopolitical aspects and processes in interethnic relations that took place during the Ukrainian national revolution in 1917-1921. The authors' visions are based on the three main principles of historical science: scientific approach, historicism and objectivity. The investigated problem is at the intersection of various social sciences: history of Ukraine, political history of Ukraine, political science, the history of state and law in Ukraine, ethnology, sociology, etc. This determined the plurality of research methods, drawn from all these branches of science. The statistical and sociological methods of research provide very important scientific results. The content analysis allowed to track most common interpretations of international problems that existed during the revolutionary era. At the same time, it made possible to determine the degree of scientific validity for those interpretations. According to the results, a behavioristic analysis played an important role. It was largely ignored or pushed back by the researchers of the ethnic processes of the Ukrainian Revolution. The historical comparative or comparative method of research was used to determine not only the relations between Ukrainian authorities and national minorities, but also to see a wide panorama of events that formed ethnopolitics of the day, as well as the approach to national problem in various state institutions and ethnic communities. The outcome of the Ukrainian revolution has always been followed by a powerful scientific discourse. According to many scholars, the revolution of 1917-1920 is the starting point in Ukrainian modernity. In the difficult conditions of the civil war and Russian aggression, the Ukrainian communists defended the idea of Ukrainian statehood and made efforts for Ukrainization. The Ukrainian revolution laid foundation for the modern Ukrainian nation and all further developments in Ukrainian life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ukrainian national revolution; national minorities; ethnopolitics; Russian aggression against Ukraine
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Web of Science
Articles in journals > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Факультети > Історико-філософський факультет > Кафедра історії України
Institutes > Інститут післядипломної педагогічної освіти > Кафедра методики суспільно-гуманітарної освіти та виховання
Depositing User: Галина Вікторівна Тимофєєва
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2019 12:34
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 12:34

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