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F. Duchinski: His Impact on Ukrainian Political Thought

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

Dr. Ivan L. Rudnytsky, professor of history, presented the fifth Institute seminar on 20 November. His talk was entitled "F. Duchinski: His Impact on Ukrainian Political Thought." Franciszek Duchiffeki (1817-93) was a native of the province of Kyiv. A patriotic Pole, he also possessed a strong sense of allegiance to his Ukrainian homeland. As an expatriate since 1846, he settled in Paris and became a prolific writer in Polish and French. Duchifiski advocated the idea of a perennial racial conflict between the Aryans or Indo-Europeans and the "Turanians" J he classified the Poles and the Ukrainians with the former, and Russians (whose Slavic character he denied) with the latter. Duchinski cannot be considered a sound scholar, although at times he displayed flashes of historical intuition. In the 1860s he had followers among French publicists, but this influence waned with the fall of the Second Empire and the rise of critical Slavic studies. In the early 1870s Duchinski contributed to the Galician Ukrainian press. Duchifiski 's ideas were opposed by Mykola Kostomarov and Mykhailo Drahomanov on scholarly as well as political grounds. In spite of this, the concept of a fundamental ethnic incompatibility of the Ukrainian and the Russian peoples, first formulated by Duchinski, was accepted by the Galician narodovtsi and became a permanent feature of the ideology of modern Ukrainian nationalism. A forgotten figure today, Duchinski may serve as an example of the impact which Ukrainophile Poles had in directing the Ukrainian national movement into militantly anti-Russian channels. This impact has not been sufficiently appreciated by historians.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 4 Issue 1 (Winter 1979)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: November 20, 1979
Contributor: Ivan Rudnytsky
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette





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