Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Between Kyiv and Constantinople: Oleksander Lototsky and the Quest for Ukrainian Autocephaly

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Between Kyiv and Constantinople: Oleksander Lototsky and the Quest for Ukrainian Autocephaly

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PARTYKEVICH, ANDRE. Between Kyiv and Constantinople: Oleksander Lototsky and the Quest for Ukrainian Aut)cep)ba. [Church Studies Papers.] (Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies. 1998. Pp. xvii, 101. $14.95 paper.)

During the early twentieth century, Oleksander Lototsky was one of the most important figures in the Ukrainian nationalist movement. Between 1896 and 1917, he helped his countrymen organize political associations and publish materials in the Ukrainian language. fie also contributed to a Ukrainian translation of the New Testament. After the revolution of 1905, the Russian imperial government lifted most of its former censorship restrictions,so that Lototsky found himself with almost a free hand to distribute books and articles and promote the cause of Ukrainian independence in the newly founded Imperial State Duma,

As a friend of the historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky and associate of the patriot Symon Petliura, Lototsky was elected to the Ukrainian Rada in the spring of 1917 when an independent government was formed in Kyiv (Kiev). fie served it first as General Chancellor and then as governor of Bukovyna (Bukovina). In 1919 when the country fell to the Bolsheviks, lie was holding the post of Ambassador to Turkey. …

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