The Workers’ Movement and the National Question in Ukraine



Bojcun explores the social democratic workers’ movement in the Ukrainian provinces of the Russian Empire and its impact on the course of the 1917 Revolution. The focus here is on the Ukrainian, Jewish and Russian parties, the sections of the labour movement they built, the national inequality and oppression that they confronted and the political solutions they pursued. This study traces the workers’ movement from its inception through to the First World War, the outbreak of revolution in 1917, formation of the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the country’s descent in 1918 into civil war and foreign interventions.

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Marko Bojcun, BA, M.Litt. PhD (York, Canada, 1985), is a (retired) university lecturer and journalist. His publications include Towards a Political Economy of Ukraine: Selected Essays 1990-2015 (Ibidem, 2019) and The Chernobyl Disaster (The Hogarth Press, 1988).
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1 State Power and the Development of Capitalism

2 The Working Class

3 Social Democracy and the National Question

4 February to October 1917

5 November 1917: Attempts at Reconciliation

6 December: The Failure of Reconciliation

7 The First Treaty of Brest Litovsk

8 Battles for Kyiv

9 Kyiv under Bolshevik Rule

10 The Pogroms in March and April 1918

11 Resistance to the Austro-German Occupation

12 Last Days of the Rada


All interested in the 1917 Revolution, relations between Ukrainians, Jews and Russians, and how labour and socialist movements have addressed the national question.
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