Soviet Nationality Policy, Urban Growth, and Identity Change in the Ukrainian SSR 1923-1934 available in Hardcover
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- Cambridge University Press
This book analyzes the precarious relationship between Soviet legitimacy building and the consequences of rapid industrial development in the Ukranian Soviet Socialist Republic during the 1920s and 1930s. George Liber traces the impact of rapid urban growth on the implementation of Soviet preferential policies, korenizatsiia. He shows how the interplay among industrialization, urbanization and korenizatsiia produced a modern, urban Ukranian identity, and he argues that this explains why the Stalinist leadership changed its course on the nationality question in the 1930s.
Table of Contents
List of tables; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; A note on transliteration; Maps; Introduction; Part I. Periphery and Center: 1. The Ukrainian environment, 1861-1921; 2. The Bolshevik response; Part II. Social Changes: 3. Urban growth and national identity; 4. The working class and the trade unions; 5. Communist Party membership; Part III. Political consequences: 6. The transformation of the urban Ukrainian identity; 7. The ideological challenge of Ukrainian national communism; Part IV. Center's Reaction: 8. Shifting the anchors of legitimacy; 9. Scorching the harvest, 1930-1934; Conclusion; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.