Stepan Bandera: The Life and Afterlife of a Ukrainian Nationalist: Fascism, Genocide, and Cult

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Columbia University Press, Oct 1, 2014 - History - 670 pages
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The Life and Afterlife of a Ukrainian Nationalist is the first comprehensive and scholarly biography of the Ukrainian far-right leader Stepan Bandera and the first in-depth study of his political cult. In this fascinating book, Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe illuminates the life of a mythologized personality and scrutinizes the history of the most violent twentieth-century Ukrainian nationalist movement: the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and its Ukrainian Insurgent Army.Elucidating the circumstances in which Bandera and his movement emerged and functioned, Rossolinski-Liebe explains how fascism and racism impacted on Ukrainian revolutionary and genocidal nationalism. The book shows why Bandera and his followers failed—despite their ideological similarity to the Croatian Ustaša and the Slovak Hlinka Party—to establish a collaborationist state under the auspices of Nazi Germany and examines the involvement of the Ukrainian nationalists in the Holocaust and other atrocities during and after the Second World War. The author brings to light some of the darkest elements of modern Ukrainian history and demonstrates its complexity, paying special attention to the Soviet terror in Ukraine and the entanglement between Ukrainian, Jewish, Polish, Russian, German, and Soviet history. The monograph also charts the creation and growth of the Bandera cult before the Second World War, its vivid revivals during the Cold War among the Ukrainian diaspora, and in Bandera's native eastern Galicia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
 

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Contents

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ix
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
xiii
NOTE ON LANGUAGE NAMES AND TRANSLITERATIONS
18
INTRODUCTION
19
Chapter 1 HETEROGENEITY MODERNITY AND THE TURN TO THE RIGHT
49
Chapter 2 FORMATIVE YEARS
91
Chapter 3 PIERACKIS ASSASSINATION AND THE WARSAW AND LVIV TRIALS
117
MASS VIOLENCE AND POLITICAL DISASTER
167
Chapter 7 THE PROVIDNYK IN EXILE
317
Chapter 8 BANDERA AND SOVIET PROPAGANDA
363
Chapter 9 THE REVIVAL OF THE CULT
407
Chapter 10 RETURN TO UKRAINE
459
CONCLUSION
531
GLOSSARY
561
BIBLIOGRAPHY
565
INDEX
601

Chapter 5 RESISTANCE COLLABORATION AND GENOCIDAL ASPIRATIONS
241
Chapter 6 THIRD WORLD WAR AND THE GLOBALIZATION OF UKRAINIAN NATIONALISM
291

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Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut of the Free University of Berlin.

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