The 'Change of Signposts' in the Ukrainian Emigration

A Contribution to the History of Sovietophilism in the 1920s

Christopher Gilley. Foreword by Frank Golczewski

ibidem Press

The 'Change of Signposts' in the Ukrainian Emigration

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Pub Date: September 2009

ISBN: 9783898219655

468 Pages

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The 'Change of Signposts' in the Ukrainian Emigration

A Contribution to the History of Sovietophilism in the 1920s

Christopher Gilley. Foreword by Frank Golczewski

ibidem Press

The failure of the attempts to create a Ukrainian state during the 1917-21 revolution created a large Ukrainian émigré community in Central Europe which, due to its experience of fighting the Bolsheviks, developed a decidedly anti-Communist ideology of integral nationalism. However, during the 1920s some in the Ukrainian emigration rejected this doctrine and began to advocate reconciliation with their former enemies and return to Soviet Ukraine. This included some of the most prominent figures in the Ukrainian governments set up after 1917, for example Mykhailo Hrushevskyi, Volodymyr Vynnychenko, and Yevhen Petrushevych. On the basis of published and unpublished writings of the Sovietophile émigrés, Christopher Gilley reconstructs and analyzes the arguments used to justify cooperation with the Bolsheviks. In particular, he contrasts those who supported the Soviet regime because they saw the Bolsheviks as leaders of the international revolution with those who stressed the apparent national achievements of the Soviet Ukrainian republic. In addition, Gilley examines Soviet policy towards pro-Soviet émigrés and the relationship between the émigrés and the Bolsheviks using documents from historical archives in Kyiv. The Ukrainian movement is compared to a similar phenomenon in the Russian emigration, "Smena vekh" ("Change of Signposts"). The book contributes to the study of the era of the New Economic Policy and Ukrainianization in the Soviet Union as well as to the histories of the Ukrainian emigration in the 1920s and of Ukrainian political thought.
Christopher Gilley's well-researched book will be of great interest to specialists on Ukraine, the Russian Revolution, and émigré politics in interwar Europe. Slavonic and East European Review
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Foreword by Frank Golczewski
Introduction: Ukrainian Sovietophilism and the Problem of Smenovekhovstvo
1. Russian Smenovekhovstvo
2. The Ukrainian Emigration: Roots, Contexts and Developments
3. Volodymyr Vynnychenko and the Foreign Group of the Ukrainian Communist Party
4. Mykhailo Hrushevskyi and the Foreign Delegation of the Ukrainian Party of Socialist Revolutionaries
5. The Change of Signposts in the Ukrainian Emigration
6. West Ukrainian Sovietophilism
7. The Immigration of East Galician Intellectuals to the Ukraine
8. Ukrainian Smenovekhovstvo and the 'Turn to the Right'
Conclusions
Appendix: Biographical Details of Prominent Figures in the Ukrainian National Movement and the Ukrainian Soviet Republic
Bibliography

About the Author

Dr Christopher Gilley studied history at Churchill College, Cambridge, and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He completed his doctorate, as a DAAD Scholar, at the University of Hamburg. His articles have appeared in, among other periodicals, "The Slavonic and East European Review", "Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas", and "KICES Working Papers".The foreword author:Dr Frank Golczewski is Professor of East European History at the University of Hamburg.