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Cultures and Nations of Central and Eastern Europe

Cultures and Nations of Central and Eastern Europe

Essays in Honor of Roman Szporluk

Edited by Zvi Gitelman, Lubomyr A. Hajda, John-Paul Himka, and Roman Solchanyk

ISBN 9780916458935

Publication date: 02/28/2001

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. Topics range from the rise of Ukrainian national consciousness in Galicia, to nationalism in contemporary Serbia; from the rise of private property in the Russia of Catherine II, to contemporary Russian attitudes toward Ukrainian nation building. Other essays explore the impact of theories of nationalism on the discipline of history and critique Ernest Gellner's "constructivist" theory of the nation.


  • Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judiac Studies, Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies, and Research Scientist at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan.
  • Lubomyr A. Hajda is Senior Advisor to the Director, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.
  • John-Paul Himka is Professor of History in the Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta.
  • Roman Solchanyk is a Consultant at the Rand Corporation.

Book Details

  • 672 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute