Borot'bism

A Chapter in the History of the Ukrainian Revolution

Ivan Maistrenko. Edited by Peter Dornan and Chris Ford. Translated by George S. N. Luckyj

ibidem Press

Borot'bism

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Pub Date: October 2017

ISBN: 9783838211077

424 Pages

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Pub Date: October 2017

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424 Pages

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Borot'bism

A Chapter in the History of the Ukrainian Revolution

Ivan Maistrenko. Edited by Peter Dornan and Chris Ford. Translated by George S. N. Luckyj

ibidem Press

Much has been written on the 1917–1920 revolution in Ukraine, on the national movement, the Makhnovists and the Bolsheviks. Yet there were others with a mass following whose role has faded from history books. One such party was the Borot'bisty, the heirs of the mass Ukrainian Party of Socialist-Revolutionaries, an independent party seeking to achieve national liberation and social emancipation. Though widely known in revolutionary Europe in their day, the Borot'bisty were decimated during the Stalinist holocaust in Ukraine. Out of print for over half a century, this lost text by Ivan Maistrenko, the last survivor of the Borotbisty, provides a unique account on this party and its historical role. Part memoir and part history, this is a thought-provoking book which challenges previous approaches to the revolution and shows how events in Ukraine decided the fate not only of the Russian Revolution but the upheavals in Europe at the time.
Ivan Maistrenko's Borot'bism is more than just a historical document. The debates during and after the Ukrainian revolution of 1917 still have a contemporary relevance—and Ukrainian debate was especially rich because it extended beyond the ranks of the Bolsheviks to the 'national communist' parties, the Borotbisty and Ukapisty... The debate about the relative importance of national and/or social liberation is still of great importance, however, especially as Ukrainians arguably now have the former without the latter. Andrew Wilson, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

About the Author

Ivan Maistrenko (1899–1984) was a veteran member of the Ukrainian socialist and communist movement, part of the generation that participated in the revolutionary struggle between 1917–1920. A Borotbist partisan in 1918–1920, he worked as a journalist in the 1920s, becoming deputy director of the All-Ukrainian Communist Institute of Journalism in 1931. A survivor of the Gulag, he lived as a refugee in Germany after 1945 writing numerous works on Soviet politics, economics, history and socialist theory.