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The Anti-Imperial Choice: The Making of the Ukrainian Jew

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern


This book explores the Jewish contribution to, and integration with, Ukrainian culture, focusing on five writers and poets of Jewish descent whose literary activities span the 1880s to the 1990s. Unlike their East European contemporaries—who disparaged the culture of Ukraine as second-rate, stateless, and colonial—these individuals embraced the Russian- and Soviet-dominated Ukrainian community, incorporating their Jewish concerns in their Ukrainian-language writings. The author argues that the marginality of these literati as Jews fuelled their sympathy toward Ukrainians and their national cau ... More

Keywords: Ukrainian culture, Ukrainian community, marginality, national cause, literary tradition, Jewish acculturation, Ukrainian–Jewish relations, integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300137316
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300137316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, author