Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Publications
Founded in June 1973, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) serves as a focal point for graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research in Ukrainian language, literature, and history as well as in anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, political science, sociology, theology, and other disciplines.
The Institute’s publications program collaborates with other centers at Harvard and elsewhere, with partners as diverse as the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard and the Institute for Oriental Studies in Kyiv. The program has an ongoing collaboration with Krytyka Press, a non-profit scholarly press in Kyiv, and also acts as the formal United States representative for the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) Press, which is based in Toronto.
HURI Publications has become the major Ukrainian studies publisher in the U.S., and provides editorial and intellectual standards for the conduct of Ukrainian studies internationally.
Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.Sort by title, author, format, publication date, or price »
Morozov provides behind-the-scenes insights on Yeltsin, Kuchma, Dudaev, and other important players still active today. His book will firmly alter our perception of the USSR and its demise, the Soviet military machine, and the rise of a modern, independent Ukraine.
The Old Testament Book of Esther in Slavonic translation is known from East Slavic manuscripts of the late 14th to the late 16th centuries. Working from the Masoretic Hebrew texts and Greek translations, Horace Lunt and Moshe Taube examine textological clues to the circumstances of Esther’s translation, sources, and redactions. This study creates a solid basis from which scholars can now discuss the particulars of this important translation, the nature of East Slavic biblical translating activity, and the relationship of old East Slavic bookmen to Hebrew and Greek.
Oleh Lysheha is considered the “poets’ poet” of contemporary Ukraine. A dissident and iconoclast, he was forbidden to publish in the Soviet Union from 1972 to 1988. Since then, his reputation has steadily grown to legendary proportions. His work is informed by transcendentalism and Zen-like introspection, with meditations on the essence of the human experience and man’s place in nature. The Selected Poems here include facing-page English and Ukrainian versions of selected poems and a play, Friend Li Po, Brother Tu Fu. It represents a rare example of translations that are as beautiful as the original poetry and poems that anyone interested in the written word will appreciate.
Written in honor of one of the foremost observers of nationalism and culture in Central and Eastern Europe, this volume brings together 35 eminent scholars from the United States, Canada, Ukraine, and Poland. Supplemented by a bibliography of the work of Roman Szporluk, these fresh, urgent essays mirror Szporluk’s broad and comparativist approach.
The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute commemorated the seventieth anniversary of the man-made famine inflicted on Ukraine and surrounding areas with a symposium in October 2003 titled “The Ukrainian Terror-Famine of 1932–1933: Revisiting the Issues and the Scholarship Twenty Years after the HURI Famine Project.” This volume contains some of the papers presented at the symposium (previously published in Harvard Ukrainian Studies volume 25, no. 3/4), including Sergei Maksudov’s large-scale demographic study drawing on available documents of the era; and Gijs Kessler’s study of events in the Urals region from the same period.
Andrzej Walicki examines Poland’s entry into the modern age as it sought to reinvent its concept of nationhood after being partitioned among three of its longtime rivals. He presents new paradigms for understanding the rise and nature of Polish nationalism, the impact of Positivism and Socialism, and the question of integral nationalism.
Yuri Shcherbak--former Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S.--is a writer and physician who came to international prominence with his exposé on Chornobyl, as a founder of the Ukrainian Green Party, as Ukraine’s first minister of environmental protection, and as its first ambassador to Israel. The Strategic Role of Ukraine assesses the period during which Ukraine rose to become an important part of the European geo-strategic posture.
The foremost authority today on Soviet and post-Soviet archives in Eastern Europe considers the essential problems of Ukrainian archeography.
Ukrainian Cossacks used icon painting to investigate their relationship not only with God but also their relationship with the Russian tsar. In this groundbreaking study, Serhii Plokhy examines the political and religious culture of Ukrainian Cossackdom, as reflected in the Cossack-era paintings, icons, and woodcuts. By encouraging the iconography to “speak,” Tsars and Cossacks enriches our understanding of Ukrainian iconography as well as Russian imperial political culture.
The work of Potebnja, a leading Ukrainian linguist of the nineteenth century, has significantly influenced modern literary criticism, particularly Russian formalism and structuralism. Yet despite his remarkable achievements in linguistics and literary theory, Potebnja’s work was officially renounced in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, and in the West he remains virtually unknown. In his study, John Fizer carefully reconstructs Potebnja’s theory of literature from the psycholinguistic formulations found in his works on language, mythology, and folklore.
George Shevelov’s book, based on extensive study of factual material, traces the development of Modern Standard Ukrainian in relation to the political, legal, and cultural conditions within each region. It examines the relation of the standard language to the underlying dialects, the ways in which the standard language was enriched, and the complex struggle for the unity of the language and sometimes for its very existence.
By the late nineteenth century Odessa was the most polyglot and cosmopolitan city in the empire. In the first decades of the twentieth century, however, strikes, revolutionary agitation, and pogroms brought about the city’s decline. In this book Patricia Herlihy contrasts Odessa’s rapid development during the nineteenth century with the growing tension within its society up to the First World War.
While Russia was growing stronger in the international sphere, Poland-Lithuania had begun a decline that would eventually lead to the ever-increasing absorption of its territories by its adversaries. This book concentrates on the diplomatic relationship between the two powers as witnessed by the records of the respective offices responsible for foreign affairs. Particular attention is paid to the residences maintained in Warsaw and Moscow.
The present collection deals with the Ukrainian economy during the late twentieth century--a period of epochal change. The papers are divided into five sections: Framework; Resources; Performance; Welfare; and External Relations. Because of the wide range of topics and extensive source material, this collection will be useful not only to specialists, but also to students and others interested in Ukraine today.
Professor David Frick’s biography—the first major English—language work on Smotryc’kyj—examines the ways in which established cultures were altered by cross-cultural understandings and misunderstandings, resulting from the confrontation and mutual adaptation of two or more diverse cultures.
This volume contains the papers presented at the Third Quinquennial Conference on Ukrainian Economics. It contains fourteen previously unpublished essays dealing with the one thousand years of Ukrainian economic history prior to the outbreak of the First World War. The contributions are divided chronologically into three parts, covering the periods of Kievan Rus’, the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the nineteenth century.
Crisis and Reform provides an excellent overview of the ecclesiastical structures in Eastern Slavic lands from their Christianization to the late sixteenth century.
Stefan Pugh analyzes the Ruthenian language use of one of its most outstanding practitioners, Meletij Smotryc’kyj (ca. 1578–1633): polemicist, cleric, and scholar. This study will provide the groundwork for the next generation of scholarship on the Ruthenian language.
In 1903 Bogdan Kistiakovsky railed against Lenin’s concept of a vanguard party to lead the revolution. His charge was wholly consistent with a life devoted to the development of rule of law in the Russian Empire—a new government based on respect for national minorities, human rights, and constitutional federalism. Susan Heuman’s study shows the fresh urgency of Kistiakovsky’s ideas as Russia, Ukraine, and the other countries of the former Soviet Union seek to establish precisely those values that Kistiakovsky put forth ninety years ago.
From its inception just before World War I to its demise during the Stalinist repression of Ukrainian culture in the 1930s, Ukrainian Futurism was much maligned and poorly understood. It has remained so into the late twentieth century. Professor Oleh Ilnytzkyj seeks to rectify the misinterpretations surrounding the Futurists and their leader Mykhail Semenko by providing the first major English-language monograph on this vibrant literary movement and its charismatic leader.
In this sweeping and synthesizing work, Professor Omeljan Pritsak charts the influence of Western European, Arabic, Khazaro-Bulgarian, and, later, Byzantine metrological and numismatic systems on the development of these systems in Kyivan Rus’.
After the fall of the Russian Empire, Jewish and Ukrainian activists worked to overcome previous mutual antagonism by creating a Ministry of Jewish Affairs within the new Ukrainian state and taking other measures to satisfy the national aspirations of Jews and other non-Ukrainians. This bold experiment ended in terrible failure as anarchic violence swept the countryside amidst civil war and foreign intervention. Abramson sheds new light on the relationship between the various Ukrainian governments and the communal violence. A Prayer for the Government treats a crucial period of Ukrainian and Jewish history, and is also a case study of ethnic violence in emerging political entities.
Ukrainian literature, reflecting a turbulent and often discontinuous political and social history, presents special problems to the historian of literature. In this book Grabowicz approaches these problems through a critique of the major non-Soviet position in the field, the History of Ukrainian Literature of the eminent Slavist Dmytro Čyževs’kyj.
The Ukraine, which had for centuries been ruled by other nations, finally gained its independence for a brief period after the First World War. During this revolutionary era, a series of Ukrainian governments were established whose political spectrum ranged from anarchism to monarchical rule. This comprehensive volume edited by Taras Hunczak includes fourteen articles by leading specialists, and is the first scholarly treatment of the problem to appear in twenty-five years.
This controversial and groundbreaking book revisits the origins of one of the most beloved works of East Slavic literature, Slovo o polku Igoreve (The Igorʹ Tale). Keenan argues that the text is not an authentic 12th-century document but rather was created by the Bohemian scholar Josef Dobrovský in the late 18th century.
To offer a broad historical and contemporary portrait of the European city Lviv, John Czaplicka has gathered together a wide range of scholars from the areas of historiography, history, art and architectural history, urban planning, literary history and criticism, and cultural history. Known variously over the centuries as Leopolis, Lwów, Lvov, and Lemberg, this city served as laboratory for the forging of modern Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian identities.
Leonard Friesen presents a study of the transformation of New Russia--the region north of the Black and Azov seas--from its conquest by the Russian Empire in the late eighteenth century to the revolutionary tumult of 1905. Friesen focuses on the multifaceted relations between the region’s peasants, European colonists, and Russian estate owners.
As part of his personal archive, Krawciw’s maps were bequeathed to Harvard University upon his death in 1975. This book serves as both a catalog of his collection and a description of how the maps he collected serve as an invaluable source for Ukraine’s history and a symbol of Ukrainian national identity.
Ottoman survey registers are unparalleled sources on the demographic, economic, and linguistic characteristics of the regions for which they were made. The register for Kamaniçe is the only surviving survey register of Ukrainian lands. A full transcription of the defter is given in the first part, with a facsimile edition given in the second part.
The Tale of Bygone Years (Povest’ vremennykh let) is the most important source for the history of early Rus’. This massive undertaking provides scholars and general readers with the first fully legible text that includes all of the known redactions of the Povest’. The text consists of an intercollation of the five oldest redactions, three more modern redactions, three later interpolations, and Ostrowski’s own final interpretation. The intercollated texts are nested line-by-line. This three-part set will be of fundamental importance to Slavic philologists and historians of early Rus’.
Meletij Smotryc’kyj viewed his Homilary Gospel (Jevanhelije ucytelnoje, Vievis, 1616) as a crucial requirement for the “spiritual good” of the Ruthenian (Ukrainian-Belorussian) nation. In light of the fierce debate over the Union of Brest (1596) he saw the need for an Orthodox collection of Gospel pericopes and sermons in the vernacular to supplant reliance on Polish Catholic and Protestant postils. Thus, he translated into Ruthenian a Church Slavonic collection of sermons on the Gospels, while simultaneously introducing formal revisions that allowed the work to compete more successfully with similar Polish texts.
A prominent religious figure and polemicist, Meletij Smotryc’kyj was caught up in the struggle between Orthodox and Uniate beliefs. His polemics served as the cornerstone of the Orthodox response to the Polish-Lithuanian Reformation and Counter-Reformation. He later argued for a new unity between the eastern and western Churches. The works collected in this volume, written over a period of twenty years, offer unique insight into the elite of early modern Rus’ and their place in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
This volume contains the first English translation of Velyckovs’kyj’s unfinished autobiography, as well as a biography of the elder by his disciple Mytrofan. Tachiaos’s introduction discusses both works against their historical and generic background. Included are a map, an annotated index, and an index of Biblical citations.
Among the finest products of early Ukrainian literature were the Lives of the first Rus’ saints. Hollingsworth provides a lucid introduction that discusses each saint and his or her cult in the historical as well as social contexts and examines the literary and textual features of the Rus’ vitae.
This volume consists of two of the oldest texts of Kievan Rusʹ: the Izbornik of 1076 and Grigorij the Philosopher’s Homilies on All the Days of the Week. The Izbornik is the earliest extant witness to the reception and subsequent transformation of Eastern Orthodox moral instruction that resulted from the transmission to Rusʹ of Bulgarian Slavic translations from the Greek. The Homilies of Grigorij the Philosopher, translated for the first time into any modern language, is the earliest dated and localized Slavic text (Kiev, ca. 1062).
Krevza’s Defense of Church Unity (1617), on the Uniate side, and Kopystens’kyj’s Palinodia (1621), a monumental defense of the Eastern Church, are arguably the most erudite, comprehensive, and persuasive works on the ecclesiastical debate between these two groups. This two-volume work illuminates the intense struggle ignited when, at the time of the Union of Brest (1596), a large part of the Ruthenian ecclesiastical hierarchy declared itself in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
Kohut examines the struggle between Russian centralism and Ukrainian autonomy. He, concentrates on the period from the reign of Catherine II, during which Ukrainian institutions were abolished, to the 1830s, when Ukrainian society had been integrated into the imperial system. This book not only is a major contribution to Ukrainian studies, but also enlarges on such wide-ranging topics as the formation of the Russian Empire, the origins of Russia’s nationalities problems, and the general conflict between royal absolutism and regional privilege.
Throughout the nineteenth century the province of Galicia was noted for political conflicts and the cultural vibrancy of its three major national groups: Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews. This volume brings together for the first time eleven essays on various aspects of the last seventy-five years of Austrian Galicia’s existence.
Hryhorij Hrabjanka’s The Great War of Bohdan Xmel’nyc’kyi is one of several Cossack chronicles that transformed the nature of written Ukrainian history in the early eighteenth century. Written in 1710, Hrabjanka’s chronicle deals with the revolution of Hetman Bohdan Xmel’nyc’kyi and its aftermath. In his introduction Yuri Lutsenko demonstrates that the work is not so much a chronicle in the traditional sense, but rather a well-written dramatic account of events intended to glorify the achievements of the Cossacks.
Ilarion, Klim Smoljatic, and Kirill of Turov are remarkable for their personal and literary achievements. Franklin prefaces their work with a substantial introduction that places each of the authors in historical context and examines the literary qualities, as well as the textual complexities, of these outstanding examples of Rus’ literature.
Carpatho-Ukraine in the Twentieth Century offers political memoirs and commentary by Vincent Shandor, an elder statesman who served as head of the Carpatho-Ukrainian Representation to the Prague Federal government during the period preceding and at the beginning of World War II. Significant both as scholarly critique and as autobiography, Shandor’s work presents materials never before available in English about events leading up to and during World War II.
The Kievan Caves Monastery was for centuries the most important Ukrainian monastic establishment. It was the outstanding center of literary production, and its monks served throughout the territory of Rus’ as bishops and monastic superiors. Muriel Heppell now makes available the first complete English translation of the Paterik.
This booklet contains the proceedings of the first Annual Conference sponsored by the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, and the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University at Harvard University, May 12-13, 1994.
In 2009, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute gathered scholars from around the globe and from various fields of study to mark the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava. This collection of their papers provides a fresh look at this watershed event and sheds new light on the legacies of the battle’s major players.
This volume explores the impact of the Holodomor, the Great Famine of 1932–1933, on Ukraine. The range of topics considered include the immediate aftermath of the Holodomor and its effects on communities and subsequent generations; World War II, with its wartime and postwar famines; and the Holodomor’s place in present-day Ukrainian culture.
Elaborate icons and murals of the Last Judgment adorned many Eastern-rite churches in medieval and early modern Ukraine. The largest compilation of its kind, The World to Come includes more than eighty such images from present-day Ukraine, eastern Slovakia, and southeastern Poland, with most printed in full color.
Written in the seventeenth century, The Hustynja Chronicle is the earliest systematic history of Kyivan Rus´ and Ukraine from biblical times until the Union of Brest in 1596. This volume is the first scholarly edition of the chronicle. The Introduction, in Ukrainian and English, describes the chronicle in detail and explores its history.
Taras Shevchenko (1814–1861) is almost universally viewed as the father of the modern Ukrainian nation and the icon of its cultural and political resurgence. George G. Grabowicz’s revisionist study examines the cult and myth that still envelop his legacy. The portrait that emerges shows a much more complex writer and artist than the icon intimates.
Christian Raffensperger tracks the dynastic marriages of the Volodimeroviči, the ruling family of Rus´. Using a modern scholarly approach and broad range of primary sources, he delivers a fully realized picture of the Volodimeroviči from the tenth through twelfth centuries and the first comprehensive, scholarly treatment of the subject in English.
The Ukrainian language has followed a tortuous path over 150 years of tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet history. The Battle for Ukrainian documents that path, and serves as an interdisciplinary study essential for understanding language, history, and politics in both Ukraine and the post-imperial world.
Ukraine is in the midst of the worst international crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War, and history itself has become a battleground in Russia-Ukraine relations. The Future of the Past shows how the study of Ukraine’s past enhances our understanding of Europe, Eurasia, and the world—past, present, and future.
Challenging the Code presents essays examining central issues in Ukrainian literature and culture, with special attention to the comparative and deconstructive approaches of George G. Grabowicz. All major time periods are covered, from the onset of literacy in Kyivan Rus´ to twentieth-century modernism and beyond.