Russian Nationalism in Late Imperial Kiev

Wednesday, 1 February 2012, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, IWM library

Fellows’ Seminar

This presentation is focused on the vision of Russian Nationalism which was developed between 1908 and 1914 by members of Kiev Club of Russian Nationalists. In their view, the South-Western provinces of the Russian Empire, or so-called Malorussia, as opposed to its Central provinces, were a stronghold of “true” Russian nationalism.

While Ukrainian nationalists claimed that language and cultural differences between Malorussia and Central Russia testify separate nations, Russian Nationalists in Kiev used local peculiarities to support their idea of advanced nature of Russian Nationalism in Malorussia. In general, their project of Russian nation was West-oriented, pro-industrial, conservative, bourgeois, and anti-Semitic.

The case of Kiev Club of Russian Nationalists contributes to the view that Russian Nationalism in Late Imperial Russia was not always uniformly repressive or even consistent.

Olha Martynyuk is Ph.D. candidate in History of Ukraine, National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”.