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Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society

Special Section: Issues in the History and Memory of the OUN II

Guest editors: Andreas Umland and Yuliya Yurchuk

Vol. 4, No. 2 (2018)

Featuring a special section on “Russian Foreign Policy Towards the 'Near Abroad'” Issue 4,2 deals with Russia’s post-Maidan foreign policy towards the so-called “near abroad,” or the former Soviet states. This is an important and timely topic, as Russia’s policy perspectives have changed dramatically since 2013/2014, as have those of its neighbors. The Kremlin today is paradoxically following an aggressive “realist” agenda that seeks to clearly delineate its sphere of influence in Europe and Eurasia while simultaneously attempting to promote “soft-power” and a historical-civilizational justification for its recent actions in Ukraine (and elsewhere). The result is an often perplexing amalgam of policy positions that are difficult to disentangle. The contributors to this special issue are all regional specialists based either in Europe or the United States.


Simon Schlegel:
Soviet Bureaucracy as a Category Coining Machine: Ethnicity, Ethnography, and the “Primordial Trap”

Andreas Umland and Yuliya Yurchuk:

Ivan Gomza:
Catalytic Mobilization of Radical Ukrainian Nationalists in the Second Polish Republic: The Impact of Political Opportunity Structure

Igor Barinov:
Allies or Collaborators? The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and Nazi Germany during the Occupation of Ukraine in 1941–43

Myroslav Shkandrij:
Volodymyr Viatrovych’s Second Polish–Ukrainian War

John-Paul Himka


Serhy Yekelchyk on:
Christoph Mick, Lemberg, Lwów, L’viv, 1914–1947: Violence and Ethnicity in a Contested City

Anika Walke on:
Leonid Rein, The Kings and the Pawns: Collaboration in Byelorussia during World War II

Christopher Gilley on:
Victoria Khiterer, Jewish Pogroms in Kiev during the Russian Civil War, 1918–1920

Yulia Oreshina on:
Tarik Cyril Amar, The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv: A Borderland City between Stalinists, Nazis, and Nationalists

Maryna Rabinovych on:
Mikhail Minakov, Development and Dystopia: Studies in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Eastern Europe

Olga Gontarska on:
Sander Brouwer (ed.), Contested Interpretations of the Past in Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian Film: Screen as Battlefield

Antony Kalashnikov on:
Shaun Walker, The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past

Karolina Koziura on:
Andrea Graziosi and Frank E. Sysyn (eds.), Communism and Hunger: the Ukrainian, Kazakh and Soviet Famines in Comparative Perspective