State building in revolutionary Ukraine : a comparative study of governments and bureaucrats, 1917-1922 /
Stephen Velychenko.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2011.
ix, 434 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., facsims., maps ; 24 cm.
9781442641327 :
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2011.
9781442641327 :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [389]-413) and index.
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'State Building in Revolutionary Ukrainetackles an issue present in all historical debates on the Ukrainian revolution, but which has never before been researched in a comprehensive scholarly fashion-how the administrations of competing political regimes struggled for control over Ukrainian territory from 1917 to 1922. Stephen Velychenko's extensive archival research and careful evidence handling allow this book to mark a significant series of firsts: the first time a comparative perspective has been used for this topic, the first time old stereotypes about non-existence or utter incompetence of the local bureaucracy have been challenged, and the first time a wide range of non-partisan sources have been examined. A significant contribution to the literature on revolutionary state building in general, Velychenko's book will appeal to all those interested in how new states emerge from former imperial territories.'
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Pointing out that Bolshevik administrations at the time were no more effective in implementing policies than their rivals, Velychenko argues that more effective governance was not one of the reasons for the Russian Bolshevik victory in Ukraine.
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State Building in Revolutionary Ukraineexamines six attempts to create governments on Ukrainian territories between 1917 and 1922. Focusing on how political leaders formed and staffed administrations, this study shows that in Ukraine during this time, there was an available pool of able administrators sufficiently competent in Ukrainian to work as bureaucrats in the independent national governments. These people could sometimes implement policies, a significant accomplishment in light of the upheavals of the time. Stephen Velychenko compares Ukrainian efforts to create an independent national government with the analogous successful efforts made in Russia, Poland, Ireland and Czechoslovakia. He questions the notion that Ukrainian attempts at national independence failed because its society was 'incomplete' and its leaders unable to organize an effective administration. Pointing out that Bolshevik administrations at the time were no more effective in implementing policies than their rivals, Velychenko argues that more effective governance was not one of the reasons for the Russian Bolshevik victory in Ukraine.
Table of Contents
Mapsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Ukrainians and Government Bureaucracy before 1917p. 15
Bureaucracy, Law, and Political Parties in Ukrainian Thoughtp. 46
The Central Rada, March 1917 to April 1918p. 66
The Ukrainian State, April to December 1918p. 105
The Directory, December 1918 to November 1919p. 120
Bureaucrats and Bolsheviks in Russiap. 151
Bureaucrats, Bolsheviks, and Whites in Ukrainep. 167
The Western Ukrainian National Republic, November 1918 to October 1920p. 208
Bureaucrats in Other New European Governmentsp. 224
Conclusionp. 246
Tablesp. 271
Total and urban population, by province, 1897 and 1917p. 271
Number of Russian and Ukrainian journals and newspapers published in Ukraine, 1917-1920p. 272
Bolshevik newspapers published in Ukrainian and Russian in Ukraine, 1917-1920p. 272
Total and urban populations and estimated numbers of total and urban administrators, by province, in 1897p. 273
Estimated administrators and auxiliary personnel in government, civic councils, and private organizations, by province, in 1897p. 273
All and Ukrainian railway, communications, and legal personnel, by province, in 1897p. 274
Annual spending in small towns: Secretaries' salaries, as percentage of administrative budget and of total budget, total administrative budget and total budget, 1913-1917p. 274
Number of Jews and Ukrainians who declared themselves to be literate in Russian, total and urban, by province, 1897p. 275
Results of Duma elections (in per cent) in major cities, including garrisonsp. 275
Total number of Bolshevik Revolutionary Military Committees k! (revkoms) in Bolshevik-controlled territory, 1918-1922p. 276
Administrators in Ukraine in 1926: All, Ukrainians, Russians, and Jewsp. 276
Population in 1910 of districts later controlled by the ZUNR: Uniates, Roman Catholics, Jews, and totalp. 277
Estimated urban population in ZUNR-controlled territory, by confession and total, 1910 and 1917p. 278
Population of Soviet Ukraine in 1920 by nationality, urban/rural place of residence, and literacy (incomplete)p. 279
Provisional List of Administrators' Unions and Organizations (1917)p. 280
Daily Lifep. 283
Prices and Wagesp. 305
Notesp. 317
Bibliographyp. 389
Indexp. 415
Illustrations follow pagep. 146
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