Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954

Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954

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By George O. Liber
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
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416 Pages
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Between 1914 and 1954, the Ukrainian-speaking territories in East Central Europe suffered almost 15 million “excess deaths” as well as numerous large-scale evacuations and forced population transfers. These losses were the devastating consequences of the two world wars, revolutions, famines, genocidal campaigns, and purges that wracked Europe in the first half of the twentieth century and spread new ideas, created new political and economic systems, and crafted new identities.

In Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914–1954, George O. Liber argues that the continuous violence of the world wars and interwar years transformed the Ukrainian-speaking population of East Central Europe into self-conscious Ukrainians. Wars, mass killings, and forced modernization drives made and re-made Ukraine’s boundaries, institutionalized its national identities, and pruned its population according to various state-sponsored political, racial, and social ideologies. In short, the two world wars, the Holodomor, and the Holocaust played critical roles in forming today’s Ukraine.

A landmark study of the terrifying scope and paradoxical consequences of mass violence in Europe’s bloodlands, Liber’s book will transform our understanding of the entangled histories of Ukraine, the USSR, Germany, and East Central Europe in the twentieth century.

George O. Liber is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Note to Readers

Note on Ukraine’s Administrative Territorial Structure

Russian, Soviet, and Ukrainian Measurements

Maps

Introduction

1. The Ukrainian-Speaking Provinces before the Great War

PART ONE: THE FIRST TOTAL WAR AND ITS AFTERSHOCKS

2. The First World War and Imperial Convulsions

3. Political Collapse, Revolutions, and Social Upheavals, 1917–1923

4. Ukrainian Movements in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania, 1918–1939

PART TWO: THE SECOND TOTAL WAR: SOCIAL ENGINEERING

5. Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s: Managed Diversity

6. Hypercentralization, Industrialization, and the Grain Front, 1927–1934

7 Hypercentralization and the Political / Cultural Fronts, 1929–1941

PART THREE: THE THIRD TOTAL WAR AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

8 The Second World War: The Killing Fields

9 Stalin’s Ukraine, 1945–1954

Conclusion

"Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914–1954 is a persuasive synthesis of the modern Ukrainian historical experience. Instead of defending or condemning that experience, Liber shows how Ukraine came to assume statehood amidst the turmoil of the violent twentieth century."

Hiroaki Kuromiya, Department of History, Indiana University

"George Liber makes the concept of 1914–1945 as a modern 'Thirty Years War' the fulcrum of a timely and interesting take on Ukrainian history in the first half of the twentieth century."

Frank Sysyn, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

‘This book ought to be studies by citizens everywhere who seek to understand the long duration of the current Ukrainian crisis.’

Alan Kimball, The Russian Review vol 76:02:2017

Southern Conference on Slavic Studies Book Prize (United States) - Commended in 2017
Best Book awarded by the American Association for Ukrainian Studies (United States) - Joint winner in 2017