Andrii Portnov (2020)

Poland and Ukraine: Entangled Histories, Asymmetric Memories

Verlag Forum Transregionale Studien
Erscheinungsort Berlin
Reihe Essays of the Forum Transregionale Studien (7)
Sprache Englisch


This essay addresses the routes and disruptions of some basic historical stereotypes in Polish-Ukrainian relations. It argues that in modern times the Polish and Ukrainian national projects represented two competing political legitimacies: one based on historical borders and civilization, and the other based on the ethnographic composition of the population. This essay will analyze the legacy of the early modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Cossack mythology, the Ukrainian-Polish war over Lviv/Lwów in 1918, the ethnic cleansing of Volhynian Poles in 1943, the activities of Jerzy Giedroyc's "Kultura" and post-Soviet memory wars and reconciliation projects.

Information taken from the Prisma Ukraïna website. Read the whole essay here or download here.