National, Social and Situational: Revising the Civil War(s) in Post-imperial Russian South, 1918-1920

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
1:00pm
Room 1219, International Affairs Building, Columbia University

The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University will host a lunchtime lecture by Ernest Gyidel, Fulbright Scholar, titled, “National, Social and Situational: Revising the Civil War(s) in Post-imperial Russian South, 1918-1920.” This lecture will discuss recent developments in both Russian and Ukrainian historiographies of this topic, which share similar features but are almost unknown to one another. Both historiographies have a group of scholars who continue to depict revolutionary years from the perspective of clear-cut national and political camps, as well as a small but productive group of revisionists who try to show that enemy lines were not along national or social lines, but often across them. The historiographies are also both good examples of the difference between how contemporary people experienced the Civil War and how historians later described their experiences. Additionally, Mr. Gyidel will report on his findings at the Bakhmetteff Archive (Columbia Univ.) on the history of the White movement in Ukraine. Ernest Gyidel received his B.A. from Uzhhorod State University, M.A. from Central European University (Budapest). Recently he finished Ph.D. studies at the Institute for European Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Harriman Institute for the 2005-2006 academic year.