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Trevor Erlacher, ‘The Götterdämmerung of Ukraїnophilia: Dmytro Dontsov, Ukrainian Nationalism and the Entangled Eastern Front, 1914-1921’
December 8, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The First World War transformed the borderlands of the Russian, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires into a shatter zone of national and social revolutions, and failed or fledgling states. Entangled in a web of “total” war, colonial occupations, espionage, propaganda and sedition, Berlin, Vienna and Petrograd targeted one another’s “home fronts,” practicing a repercussive divide-and-conquer strategy that militarized domestic class and ethnic relations, and fatally undermined the conservative, multinational dynasties. An instructive case of this dynamic on the Eastern Front was the relationship between Ukrainian nationalists and the Central Powers, which forged a tenuous alliance on the basis of a common enmity to Russian imperialism (whether tsarist, liberal or Bolshevik). This presentation explores the wartime activity and political thought of one such exile, Dmytro Dontsov (1883-1973), the chief ideologue of Ukrainian integral nationalism.
Trevor Erlacher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He conducted a year of research in the state archives of Ukraine and Canada with support from the Fulbright Program and the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, and is completing his dissertation on the intellectual history of Ukrainian integral nationalism. He has presented his research at national and international conferences, and his writing has appeared in Modern Intellectual History and Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.