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Author Marples, David R.

Title Heroes and villains : creating national history in contemporary Ukraine / David R. Marples
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 363 pages) : map
Contents Independent Ukraine reviews the past -- The famine of 1932-33 -- The OUN, 1929-43 -- Making heroes : the early days of OUN-UPA -- UPA's conflict with the Red Army and Soviet security forces -- The Ukrainian-Polish conflict -- Writing new history in Ukraine -- Assessments
Summary Certain to engender debate in the media, especially in Ukraine itself, as well as the academic community. Using a wide selection of newspapers, journals, monographs, and school textbooks from different regions of the country, the book examines the sensitive issue of the changing perspectives - often shifting 180 degrees - on several events discussed in the new narratives of the Stalin years published in the Ukraine since the late Gorbachev period until 2005. These events were pivotal to Ukrainian history in the 20th century, including the Famine of 1932-33 and Ukrainian insurgency during the war years. This latter period is particularly disputed, and analyzed with regard to the roles of the OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) and the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) during and after the war. Were these organizations "freedom fighters" or "collaborators"? To what extent they constitute, are they the architects of the modern independent state?
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-336) and index
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Subject Orhanizat͡sii͡a ukraïnsʹkykh nat͡sionalistiv -- History.
Ukraïnsʹka povstansʹka armii͡a -- History.
Collective memory -- Ukraine.
Historiography -- Ukraine.
Nationalism -- Ukraine.
Ukraine -- History -- 1921-1944 -- Historiography.
Ukraine -- History -- 1944-1991 -- Historiography.
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ISBN 1281128937
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