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A Prayer for the Government

Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917–1920

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$19.95 • £15.95 • €18.00

ISBN 9780916458874

Publication Date: 08/31/1999


288 pages

6 x 9 inches

30 line illustrations, 2 maps, 17 halftones, 5 facsimile pages

Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute > Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies


Abramson’s book opens a new page in the historiography of Jewish-Ukrainian relations; for a change, Jews are not called communists and Ukrainians are not condemned as fascists. The author investigates a forgotten episode in the history of Ukraine when, after the fall of the Tsar during the revolutionary era, 1917-20, Jews and Ukrainians began to build a community based on democratic and multicultural principles. In spite of its promising beginning, the effort came to naught.—A. Ezergailis, Choice

[Abramson’s aim] is to illuminate an often overlooked, brief, and ultimately doomed experiment in political rapprochement when a small group of idealistic Ukrainian nationalists tried to establish a government of their own—the Central Rada—in the midst of the region’s chaos… The severe shifts in political authority, continuous violence, and lingering resentments between Ukrainians and Jews make it imperative for any historian to approach the material with clear-headed and sober judgement. Abramson reaches this standard, providing a distinct service to scholarship and to memory.—Joshua Rubenstein, H-Judaic Reviews

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