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A City in the Crosscurrents of Culture

Edited by John Czaplicka

ISBN 9780916458973

Publication date: 06/01/2005

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. Historically, Armenians, Germans, Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians interacted in this Galician and formerly Polish and Habsburg metropolis. The resulting confluence of cultures in this now Ukrainian city was at times violent, but each of the ethnic groups and religions residing in the city contributed to its urban, urbane, and truly European character. This volume emphasizes the richness of the local cultural heritage.

The collection derives from revised papers presented at a conference sponsored jointly by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. Other authors were invited to round out the picture of a European city in the shifting crosscurrents of cultures.


  • Thirteen scholars from five different countries have contributed to this well edited volume which goes a long way to making intelligible to Western scholars the complex and rich cultural history of one of the great historic cities of the borderlands between Central and Eastern Europe...The book makes a laudable and successful attempt to transcend the boundaries of nationalist historiography and of nationalist claims and counter-claims to the city's legacy and ownership...Enormous credit must go to Czaplicka whose extensive introduction not only highlights the key points of all the contributions in the volume but also offers an absorbing and substantial multi-cultural synthesis of the book's subject matter, and provides an appropriate context in which to locate the different contributions.

    —W.H. Zawadzki, Seer


  • John Czaplicka is an independent scholar affiliated with the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 365 pages
  • Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute