The Ukrainian Question in the Russian Empire Revisited

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Johannes Remy (Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University).

Johannes Remy will speak about his award-winning book Brothers or Enemies: The Ukrainian National Movement and Russia, from the 1840s to the 1870s (University of Toronto Press, 2016). He studies the Ukrainian question from both sides: the Ukrainian national activists and imperial politicians. The book is based on archival sources, many of them previously unknown to historians of the topic. The new findings include discussions about Ukrainian independence already in the 1860s, a temporary alliance between the Kyiv Hromada and the Governor-General of Kyiv Ilarion Vasilchikov, negotiations between the Hromada and the Polish underground national government, a Ukrainian proclamation forged by the gendarmes in order to deport the author of the Ukrainian anthem Pavlo Chubynsky, and much else. The book has won Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies book award and Ivan Franko International Prize in Ukraine.  

Johannes Remy received his Ph.D. from University of Helsinki (2000). He taught at the same university until his immigration to Canada in 2009. He has taught at several Canadian universities, including York University in Toronto and Carleton University in Ottawa. In 2015-16 he was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at College of Europe Natolin (Warsaw), the European Union's institute of higher learning. He has published two monographs in English and a textbook in history of Ukraine in his native Finnish. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University for the Spring 2019 semester.