This is a review of a book that traces the rise of Russian nationalism in Russia’s “southwestern borderlands” during the long 19th century. What gave rise to it was the so-called “Little Russian idea” that emphasized the existence of the Russian Orthodox organic nation that had originated in the right bank of the Dnieper. The elements of that idea survived well into the 20th century.
Stephen Velychenko“Empire Loyalism and Minority Nationalism in Great Britain and Imperial Russia, 1707–1914: Imperial Institutions, Law, and Nationality in Scotland and Ukraine,”Comparative Studies in Society and History39 No 3 (July 1997) pp. 413–441.
Serhiy Bilenky“Battle of Visions: How Was Kiev Seen in the 1780s–1840s?,”Toronto Slavic Quarterlyno. 13 (2005) 16–21 http://sites.utoronto.ca/tsq/13/bilenky13.shtml. Compare Bilenky “Inventing an Ancient City: How Literature Ideology and Archeology Refashioned Kyiv during the 1830s and 1840s” Harvard Ukrainian Studies (forthcoming).