Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in Historical Perspective
Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in Historical Perspective contains papers from a historic conference on Ukrainian-Jewish relations that was held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in October 1983. Ambitious in scope, the conference brought together a sizable group of eminent North American and Israeli scholars who addressed the highly complex history of relations between Jews and Ukrainians. The essays in this collection, which reflect the dynamic and often controversial nature of the conference, range in time from the seventh to the twentieth century and cover subjects in both Eastern Europe and Canada. The book also contains transcripts of two discussions: one on issues arising from the conference panels, the other concerning Ukrainian-Jewish relations in Canada. The McMaster conference was the first major effort to address difficult problems of Ukrainian-Jewish relations in a broader academic context. The past quarter century has seen dramatic transformations in the geopolitics of both Ukraine and Israel, as well as an enormous expansion of research on Ukrainian-Jewish relations by scholars from many countries working in a variety of fields. Evidence of this expansion is contained in the select bibliography of book publications that has been added to this third edition. These new developments and research notwithstanding, the essays gathered in this book have retained their importance and relevance to contemporary readers, and some of them still represent the most authoritative discussions of their particular subjects. Contributors: Contributors: Omeljan Pritsak, Jaroslaw Pelenski, Shmuel Ettinger,George Grabowicz, Jaroslaw Pelenski, Frank E. Sysyn, Moshe Mishkinsky, Ivan L. Rudnytsky, Roman Serbyn, John-Paul Himka, Alexander Baran, Yury Boshyk, Geoff Eley, Mattityahu Minc, Jonathan Frankel, Mordechai Altshuler, Israel Bartal, Georg G. Grabowicz, Alexander Malycky, Marta Bohachevsky-Chomiak, Jaroslav Bilinsky, Aharon Weiss, Israel Kleiner, Zvi Gitelman, Manoly R. Lupul, Alan Shelman, Walter Tarnopolsky.
About the Authors
Howard Aster was born in Montreal and was educated at the Talmud Torah, Herzliah High School, McGill University, and Yale University; he received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He taught political science at McGill University, Carleton University, and McMaster University. He served as a special policy advisor to the Secretary of State, Government of Canada, and as a consultant to numerous Government of Canada departments and the Canadian Conference of the Arts. He also served on the Board of Directors of the CBC and more recently at Haifa University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 12 books, including Jewish-Ukrainian Relations: Two Solitudes with Peter J. Potichnyj (1983; revised edition, 1987) and, most recently, Affinity: Beyond Branding with Martin Goldfarb (2010), and China: Images of a Civilization (2010). He is also the author of over 100 articles. Peter J. Potichnyj completed his higher education with a BA from Temple University and an MA and PhD from Columbia University. He taught political science at Uppsala College, Sir Wilfred Laurier University, the Ukrainian Free University, and McMaster University, where he is Professor Emeritus. He served as dean of law and social science at the Ukrainian Free University, as president and secretary general of the Canadian Association of Slavists, and as secretary of the International Committee of Soviet and East European Studies. He is senior fellow of CERES, University of Toronto; member of the Scholarly Council of the Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography in Kyiv; and honorary professor of East China University and the Lviv Polytechnic National University. He is the author, co-author or editor of 35 books and more than 100 articles. He is also editor in chief of the Litopys UPA series of documents and memoirs on the Ukrainian liberation struggle in the twentieth century (80 volumes published to date). In 2008 he was decorated by President Yushchenko of Ukraine with the Order of Merit III Class.