Roman Szporluk


Professor em. of Ukrainian History, Harvard University; Professor em. of History, University of Michigan; foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences in Kiev, Ukraine

Sheptyts’kyi Visiting Fellow, Ukraine in European Dialogue
(May – June 2017)


Poland and the Polish Question in Ukrainian-Russian Relations before 1914

While scholars have written on Ukrainian-Russian, Ukrainian-Polish, and Polish-Russian relations as distinct themes, this project treats them as  interconnected elements of a broader, tri-national process. Thus, for example, it considers how events on the Polish-Russian “frontier” within the Russian Empire affected Polish views of Ukraine and how Ukrainians evaluated these same events. By taking this “triangular” approach, what initially appear to be surprising constellations of shifting affinities and antagonisms become much more comprehensible.


Why Ukrainians Are Ukrainians.

Comment on Mykola Riabchuks Article “Ukraine: One State, Two Countries?” by Roman Szporluk Mykola Riabchuk intends to explore “ambivalence” in Ukraine as a pervasive socio-political phenomenon that has impacted perversely on the nation’s political development. He attributes this ambivalence to Ukraine’s regional, cultural and linguistic divisions as well as to “the atomising impact of Soviet …
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The Western Dimension of the Making of Modern Ukraine

In the coming years, analysts of current affairs are certain to examine and debate the "Orange Revolution's" significance for Ukrainian and more broadly post-Communist politics and societies. Guided by their own views of "2004", historians will be rethinking and rewriting the history of Ukraine. In so doing, they will remain faithful to a long-established academic tradition: as everybody knows, "1917" inspired generations of scholars, both in Russia and in the West, to search for – and find – in the history of nineteenth-century Russia the origins of the Bolshevik revolution.
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Crisis in Ukraine: A Historian’s Perspective

The Ukrainian crisis today brings to mind events in Poland in late 1988 and in 1989. Under the pressure of the popular democratic movement Solidarity the Communist rulers of Poland agreed to negotiate with leaders of the democratic forces and undertook to conduct an honest parliamentary election. In order to ensure that the election would …
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Mitől ukránok az ukránok?

Hungarian Translation of: Why Ukrainians are Ukrainians Comment on Mykola Riabchuks Article “Ukraine: One State, Two Countries?” by Roman Szporluk Mikola Rjabcsuk Ukrajna esetében az „ambivalencia” terminussal olyan mindent átható társadalmi-politikai jelenséget kíván jelölni, amely a nemzet fejlődését hosszú távon befolyásolja. E kettősséget véli fölfedezni Ukrajna regionális, kulturális és nyelvi megosztottságában, akárcsak „a szovjet totalitarizmus …
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