Laughter through Tears: Everyday Life in Revolutionary Ukraine (1917-22)

Laughter through Tears: Everyday Life in Revolutionary Ukraine (1917-22)

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30.10.2015, 18:00

Center for Urban History, Lviv

For most people who experienced the events of 1917-1921 in Ukraine, national interests and social demands were lost in the daily struggle for survival, says researcher Stephen Velychenko. Based on archival documents, press publications, and eyewitness accounts, the historian concludes that the changes of political regimes went unnoticed until they started to endanger the health and safety of the population. The inhabitants of Ukrainian cities and towns were forced to cope with the conditions of massive inflation and high taxes, riots and unrest on the streets, lack of basic necessities, unsanitary conditions, and epidemics. During the lecture, the historian will discuss how these and other challenges influenced the formation of national identities and political loyalties in revolutionary Ukraine.

Stephen Velychenko

is a historian, Research Fellow, Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto. His latest books: “State Building in Revolutionary Ukraine: A Comparative Study of Governments and Bureaucrats, 1917-1922” (Toronto, 2010), “Painting Imperialism and Nationalism Red: The Ukrainian Marxist Critique of Russian Communist Rule in Ukraine 1918-1922” (Toronto, 2015).

Lecture is a part of the series of events in support of the exhibition "The Great War 1914 - ... Individual and Global Experience".


Сover Image: Prayer on Sofiyivska Square in Kyiv on the occasion of the proclamation of the Act of Unification of the Ukrainian People's Republic and the Western Ukrainian People's Republic. In the center - Simon Petliura and Volodymyr Vynnychenko. January 22, 1919.