First Advisor

Chia Yin Hsu

Date of Award


Document Type

Closed Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and University Honors






Nationalism--Ukraine--19th century, Nationalism--Ukraine--20th century, Ukraine--History--Autonomy and independence movements




Ukrainian nationalism, like any nationalism, has never been a static set of doctrines and political programs. Beyond the most basic demands for some degree and type of sovereignty or autonomy for a Ukraine conceived of in one way or another, Ukrainian nationalists have agreed upon little. Among their ranks can be found the adherents of frequently incompatible philosophies from across the political spectrum, including socialism, fascism, monarchism, communism, anarchism and liberalism, with varying degrees of commitment to the Ukrainian national idea. Given this ideological diversity, the Ukrainian intelligentsia has mired itself in debate about what Ukraine is, what it should be, and how it can become what it should be, ever since discussion about Ukrainian national identity began in the early nineteenth century. This essay will attempt to plot the general course of this deliberation from the 1840s to the 1960s, and identify those factors which have contributed most decisively to major developments in Ukrainian nationalist thought.


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