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Bands of Nation Builders? Insurgency and Ideology in the Ukrainian Civil War

Serhy Yekelchyk

in War in Peace

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654918
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654918.003.0007

Series: The Greater War

Bands of Nation Builders? Insurgency and Ideology in the Ukrainian Civil War

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Serhy Yelechyk's chapter throws new light on the emergence of independent Ukraine by exploring the gamut of complex ideological conflicts and local violence in 1917–20 which was unleashed by the collapse of the old dynastic empires of East-Central Europe. At once a nationalistic movement and a socialist revolution, the civil war in Ukraine was not a clear-cut fight between socialists and nationalists. Instead it involved a confusing struggle between Ukrainian patriots of different stripes, as well as among the many varieties of local conservatives and socialists, who joined the forces of the Russian Red or White armies, the Ukrainian republican or monarchist troops, or the bands led by local warlords.

Keywords: civil war; Ukraine; warlords; nationalism; Bolshevism

Chapter.  9084 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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