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The Ukrainian Question
The Russian Empire and Nationalism in the 19th Century

Alexei Miller, Central European University, Budapest

"Alexei Miller's new book makes a particularly important contribution to bridging the East-West divide by applying recent theories of nationality to the issue of Russian–Ukrainian relations and then testing his hypotheses with thorough research in archives and contemporary periodicals. The result both sums up a large historiography and adds to it substantially. For anyone interested in tsarist Russia's nationality policy, or Russian or Ukrainian history, this book is a must read." — The American Historical Review

"Without doubt this is the most thorough analysis to date of the emergence of an Imperial policy toward the Ukrainian movement and the process of defining 'Russianness' as coterminous with Great Russian language and culture." — The Russian Review

This pioneering work treats the Ukrainian question in Russian imperial policy and its importance for the intelligentsia of the empire. Miller sets the Russian Empire in the context of modernizing and occasionally nationalizing great power states and discusses the process of incorporating the Ukraine, better known as "Little Russia" in that time, into the Romanov Empire in the late 18th and 19th centuries. This territorial expansion evolved into a competition of mutually exclusive concepts of Russian and Ukrainian nation-building projects.

Excerpts from reviews on the original Russian edition:

"This is a book that connects Russian scholarship with trends in North American and European scholarship. At the same time, this book also relates to Post-Soviet reflections about what constitutes the Russian nation...Miller's views are revisionist with regard to Ukrainian historiography, and they should provoke some rethinking or reaction from that quarter."- Kritika

"Alexei Miller is representative of a new type of Russian international scholar who is rewriting the history of Eastern Europe and Eurasia...Pioneering work on the Ukrainian question in Russian imperial policy."- Ab Imperio


Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1 Russia and Ukrainophilism in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century; Chapter 2 The First Years of Alexander II's Reign and Latent Ukrainophilism; Chapter 3 The Advancement of Ukrainophilism in the 1860s. Osnova and the Russian Press; Chapter 4 The Imperial Authorities and Ukranophilism, 1862 to 1863. The Genesis of the Valuev Circular; Chapter 5 The Valuev Circular in Government Structures and Public Opinion; Chapter 6 Government Policy after the Valuev Circular; Chapter 7 Strengthening the Russian Assimilation Potential in the Western Borderland; Chapter 8 The Kiev Period of Ukrainophilism (1872-1876); Chapter 9 The Ems Edict; Chapter 10 The "Execution" of the Ems Edict; Chapter 11 The Consequences of the Ems Edict; Chapter 12 The Subsidy for Slovo. Galician Rusyns in the Policy of St. Petersburg; Chapter 13 The 1880-1881 Crisis of Power and the Attempt to Abolish the Ems Edict; Conclusion; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Sources and Literature; Glossary; Index of Names

306 pages
ISBN 978-963-9241- 60-2 cloth $55.00 / €50.00 / £45.00