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Interethnic Conflict in the Awakening Village: Ukrainians and Jews in Late Nineteenth Century Galicia

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

The tenth Institute seminar of the 1978-79 academic year at the University of Alberta took place on March 6, 1979. Dr. John-Paul Himka, research associate at the Institute and visiting assistant professor in the Department of History, spoke on "Interethnic Conflict in the Awakening Village: Ukrainians and Jews in Late Nineteenth Century Galicia."

The speaker examined the ethno-religious and social antagonism between Ukrainian peasants and Jews in late nineteenth century Galicia. Previously, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries a very similar antagonism had erupted in violence from time to time, ending in pogroms against local Jews. In the late nineteenth century, as a result of the penetration of the national movement into the villages, the conflict took on a different aspect. Instead of an elemental, violent struggle, the Ukrainian peasants engaged in an institutional one, establishing reading clubs (ehytalni) as rivals to predominantly Jewish taverns, and loan funds as rivals to local Jewish creditors.

The seminar first discussed some problems impeding the objective study of Ukrainian- Jewish relations and then provided background on Ukrainian and Jewish society in Galicia. The main part of the seminar examined interethnic conflict in the village described in reports ( kovespondentsti) submitted to the popular Ukrainian press.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 2 (Spring 1979)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: March 6, 1979
Contributor: John-Paul Himka
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette

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CIUS, “Interethnic Conflict in the Awakening Village: Ukrainians and Jews in Late Nineteenth Century Galicia,” CIUS-Archives, accessed July 2, 2020, http://cius-archives.ca/items/show/1989.
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