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.
Above and Beyond: From Soviet General to Ukrainian State Builder
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 Slavonic Book of Esther: Text, Lexicon, Linguistic Analysis, Problems of Translation
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.
The Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha: Translated by the Author and James Brasfield
Lysheha is considered the “poets’ poet” of contemporary Ukraine. A dissident and iconoclast, he was forbidden to publish in the USSR from 1972 to 1988. Since then, his reputation has steadily grown to legendary proportions. Collected here are facing-page English and Ukrainian versions of selected poems and a play, Friend Li Po, Brother Tu Fu.
Cultures and Nations of Central and Eastern Europe: Essays in Honor of Roman Szporluk
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.
Hunger by Design: The Great Ukrainian Famine and Its Soviet Context
The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute commemorated the 70th anniversary of the man-made famine inflicted on Ukraine with a 2003 symposium 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 there.
The Lord’s Jews: Magnate–Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the Eighteenth Century
Poland Between East and West: The Controversies over Self-Definition and Modernization in Partitioned Poland
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.
The Strategic Role of Ukraine: Diplomatic Addresses and Lectures (1944-1997)
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.
Trophies of War and Empire: The Archival Heritage of Ukraine, World War II, and the International Politics of Restitution, with a Foreword by Charles Kecskemeti
The foremost authority today on Soviet and post-Soviet archives in Eastern Europe considers the essential problems of Ukrainian archeography.
Tsars and Cossacks: A Study in Iconography
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.
Alexander A. Potebnja's Psycholinguistic Theory of Literature: A Metacritical Inquiry
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.
The Ukrainian Language in the First Half of the Twentieth Century (1900-1941): Its State and Status
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.
Odessa: A History, 1794–1914
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.
Republic vs. Autocracy: Poland-Lithuania and Russia, 1686–1697
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.
A Description of Ukraine
The Ukrainian Economy: Achievements, Problems, Challenges
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.
Ukrainian Economic History: Interpretive Essays
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: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest
Crisis and Reform provides an excellent overview of the ecclesiastical structures in Eastern Slavic lands from their Christianization to the late sixteenth century.
Testament to Ruthenian: A Linguistic Analysis of the Smotryc'kyj Variant
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.
Kistiakovsky: The Struggle for National and Constitutional Rights in the Last Years of Tsarism
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.
Ukrainian Futurism, 1914-1930: A Historical and Critical Study
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.
The Origins of the Old Rus' Weights and Monetary Systems: Two Studies in Western Eurasian Metrology and Numismatics in the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries
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’.
A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920
After the fall of the Russian Empire, Jewish and Ukrainian activists worked to overcome mutual antagonism by creating a Ministry of Jewish Affairs in the new Ukrainian state. This experiment ended in failure as violence swept the countryside amidst civil war and foreign intervention. Abramson sheds new light on these events.
The Poet as Mythmaker: A Study of Symbolic Meaning in Taras Ševčenko
Toward a History of Ukrainian Literature
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.
Socialism in Galicia: The Emergence of Polish Social Democracy and Ukrainian Radicalism
The Ukraine, 1917–1921: A Study in Revolution
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.
Josef Dobrovský and the Origins of the Igorʹ Tale
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.
Lviv: A City in the Crosscurrents of Culture
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.
Rural Revolutions in Southern Ukraine: Peasants, Nobles, and Colonists, 1774-1905
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.
Ukraine under Western Eyes: The Bohdan and Neonila Krawciw Ucrainica Map Collection
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.
The Ottoman Survey Register of Podolia (ca. 1681): Defter-i Mufassal-i Eyalet-i Kamaniçe
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 Pověst’ vremennykh lět: An Interlinear Collation and Paradosis
The Tale of Bygone Years (Pověst’ vremennykh lět) 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 Pověst’.
Collected Works of Meletij Smotryc’kyi
The Jevanhelije ucytelnoje of Meletij Smotryc’kyi
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.
Seventeenth-Century Writings on the Kievan Caves Monastery
The Diariusz podrozny of Pylyp Orlyk, 1720-1726
The Diariusz podrozny of Pylyp Orlyk, 1727-1731
Rus’ Restored: Selected Writings of Meletij Smotryc’kyj (1610–1630)
A prominent religious figure, 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. The works collected here offer unique insight into the elite of early modern Rus’.
The Life of Paisij Velyckovs'kyj
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.
The Hagiography of Kievan Rus
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.
The Edificatory Prose of Kievan Rusʹ
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).
Lev Krevza’s A Defense of Church Unity (1617) and Zaxarija Kopystens’kyj’s Palinodia or Book of Defense of the Holy Apostolic Eastern Catholic Church and Holy Patriarchs (1620–1623), Parts 1 and 2
Krevza’s Defense (1617), on the Uniate side, and Kopystens’kyj’s Palinodia (1621), a defense of the Eastern Church, are perhaps the most illuminating works on the debate that culminated at the time of the Union of Brest (1596), when much of the Ruthenian ecclesiastical hierarchy declared itself in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
Russian Centralism and Ukrainian Autonomy: Imperial Absorption of the Hetmanate, 1760s-1830s
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.
Nationbuilding and the Politics of Nationalism: Essays on Austrian Galicia
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.
The Great War of Bohdan Xmel'nyc'kyi
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.
Sermons and Rhetoric of Kievan Rus'
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: A Political and Legal History
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.
Selected Contributions of Ukrainian Scholars to Economics
Between Poland and the Ukraine: The Dilemma of Adam Kysil
Communism and the Dilemmas of National Liberation: National Communism in Soviet Ukraine, 1918-1933
The Paterik of the Kievan Caves Monastery
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.
The Military Tradition in Ukrainian History: Its Role in the Construction of Ukraine’s Armed Forces
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.
The Old Rus' Kievan and Galician-Volhynian Chronicles: The Ostroz'kyj (Xlebnikov) and Cetvertyns'kyj (Pogodin) Codices
Poltava 1709: The Battle and the Myth
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.
After the Holodomor: The Enduring Impact of the Great Famine on Ukraine
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.
The World to Come: Ukrainian Images of the Last Judgment
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.
The Hustynja Chronicle
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.
Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus´
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 Battle for Ukrainian: A Comparative Perspective
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.
The Future of the Past: New Perspectives on Ukrainian History
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.