Soviet Politics and the Ukraine, 1917-1957

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III. FEDERALISM AND UKRAINIAN CULTURAL NATIONALISM, 1921-1927

Although the treaty of alliance negotiated between Soviet Russia and the Ukraine in the closing months of 1920 provided a legal framework for the close ties which had developed between the two republics, it was apparently expected to serve simply as a wayhouse on the path toward full amalgamation. Soviet leaders favored, in theory and practice alike, the closest union of all Soviet societies and viewed treaty relationships between independent states as inadequate to meet the unusually rigorous demands which the new Soviet world was to prescribe. The Ukrainian-Russian alliance was only shortly established before it and the alliances with the other Soviet republics were denounced and new unifying steps were taken.


FORMATION OF THE SOVIET UNION

The obvious vehicle for unification was a close constitutional union, and at the Tenth Congress of the Russian Communist Party ( March, 1921) Stalin called for its creation:

The campaign [for unification] means that the old compact relationships--the convention relationships between the RSFSR and the other Soviet republics--have exhausted themselves, have shown themselves to be inadequate. The campaign means that we must inevitably pass from old compact relationships to relationships of closer unification. . . . In brief, it is proposed, in the course of the campaign, to form as something permanent what has hitherto been decided spasmodically within the framework of convention relationships.1

In a resolution the Tenth Congress accepted Stalin's report:

The isolated existence of separate Soviet republics is unstable and impermanent in view of the threats to their existence presented by

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page III
  • Preface V
  • Note on Transliteration VII
  • Contents IX
  • Introduction 1
  • I. the Bolshevik Approach to Nationalism and the Ukraine 7
  • Ii. Bolsheviks and the Revolution, 1917-1920 20
  • Iii. Federalism and Ukrainian Cultural Nationalism, 1921-1927 65
  • Iv. Centralization and the Demand for Uniformity, 1927-1934 149
  • V. the New Loyalty and National Rights, 1934-1944 209
  • Vi. the Culmination of National Restrictions, 1944-1953 243
  • Vii. the New Leadership, 1953-1957 280
  • Viii. Conclusion 314
  • Notes 327
  • Bibliography 397
  • Index 422
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