Between Prometheism and Realpolitik

Poland and Soviet Ukraine, 1921-1926

Jan Jacek Bruski

Jagiellonian University Press

Between Prometheism and Realpolitik

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Pub Date: June 2017

ISBN: 9788323341888

464 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $55.00£45.95

Between Prometheism and Realpolitik

Poland and Soviet Ukraine, 1921-1926

Jan Jacek Bruski

Jagiellonian University Press

?The Treaty of Riga of March 1921 did not signify real peace. It was soon followed by the outbreak of a Polish-Soviet cold war, which in the early 1920s threatened to reach a boiling point. One of the salient fronts on which it was fought was Ukraine and the Ukrainian question. The means by which it was waged – first by Poland, and subsequently, more successfully, by the Soviets – was by attempts to stir up centrifugal tendencies on enemy territory, leading eventually to the splitting up of the neighboring state along its national seams. Polish-Soviet rivalry over Ukraine had flared up at the Riga peace conference. In the following years both antagonists struggled to win over the sympathies of Ukrainians living on either side of the frontier River Zbrucz (Zbruch) and dispersed in various émigré centers, and the weapons employed were propaganda, diplomacy, nationalities policy, economic projects, political subterfuge, and armed irredentism. Jan Jacek Bruski's book addresses the first, very important phase of this Polish-Soviet tussle.
?Bruski's latest book is an extensive study on issues of fundamental importance for the development of the Eastern policy pursued by the Second Polish Republic. Based on a broad range of sources, his book is a signal contribution to what we know about Polish-Ukrainian (and Polish-Soviet) relations in the first years following the Treaty of Riga. ?Artur Patek, ?Jagiellonian University
[C]ombines a thorough approach to source materials with a cultivated style, precision and clarity of conclusions, amazing hypotheses, a panoramic discourse, a profound knowledge of a variety of contexts; and is free of any kind of inferiority complex regarding trendy words, books, or theories. ?Andrii Portnov, ?Humboldt State University, Berlin

About the Author

Jan Jacek Bruski is associate professor at the Jagiellonian University's Institute of History, Kraków. He has authored many publications on the history of Ukraine and Polish-Ukrainian and Polish-Soviet relations. The Polish edition of this book, Miedzy prometeizmem a Realpolitik: II Rzeczpospolita wobec Ukrainy Sowieckiej, 1921-1926, was awarded the prestigious Waclaw Felczak and Henryk Wereszycki Prize.