Ukraine and Russia : Representations of the Past by Serhii Plokhy

By Serhii Plokhy

The query of the place Russian historical past ends and Ukrainian heritage starts off has now not but obtained a passable solution. Generations of historians pointed out Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, because the start line of the Muscovite dynasty, the Russian kingdom, and, eventually, the Russian kingdom. in spite of the fact that, the historical past of Kyiv and that of the Scythians of the Northern Black Sea sector have additionally been claimed by means of Ukrainian historians, and are actually considered as vital elements of the historical past of Ukraine. If those are literally the beginnings of Ukrainian background, while does Russian background start?

In Ukraine and Russia, Serhii Plokhy discusses many questions primary to the formation of recent Russian and Ukrainian ancient id. He investigates the serious function of heritage within the improvement of recent nationwide identities and gives historic and cultural perception into the present country of relatives among the 2 countries. Plokhy exhibits how background has been built, used, and misused with a purpose to justify the lifestyles of imperial and smooth nationwide initiatives, and the way these initiatives have motivated the translation of historical past in Russia and Ukraine. This e-book makes vital assertions not just in regards to the conflicts and negotiations inherent to opposing historiographic traditions, yet approximately methods of overcoming the restrictions imposed via these traditions.

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171 on Mon, 19 Oct 2015 03:37:11 UTC All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions 14 Introduction Russian and Ukrainian historians and cultural elites. The chapter ‘Remembering Yalta’ discusses the international controversy caused by the commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Yalta Conference, which brought together the leaders of the anti-Hitler coalition in February 1945. It analyses the position taken on the issue by Russian officialdom and the Russian public, explaining the reasons for the lack of a clearly articulated position on the part of the Ukrainian government and public.

Schlözer slighted his Russian colleagues, who, in his opinion, knew little but their chronicles and did not read foreign-language sources or historical works. ’ He also stressed the savagery of Russian life before the arrival of the Varangians, claiming that the latter, whom he considered to be of Germanic descent, had civilized Russia. Schlözer’s views on Russian history were echoed by another foreigner in the Russian service, the French physician Nicolas-Gabriel LeClerc. His six-volume Physical, Moral, Civil, and Political History of Ancient and Modern Russia appeared in France between 1783 and 1794.

Given this new outlook, the concept of the nation emerged in Russian historiography as no less important than the concept of the dynasty, and both were considered quintessentially Russian. Lomonosov’s historiographic revolution was a sign of things to come in nineteenth-century Russian historiography, but the potential of the new paradigm was less obvious to contemporaries. The debate became a turning point at which Russian historiography failed to turn. Catherine II adopted a different approach to the writing of Russian history.

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