Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

History

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

As a result, in an effort to expand the literature on the Ukrainian DP experience, this dissertation will specifically examine how foreign occupation, forced labor, and displacement impacted the construction of Ukrainian cultural nationalism between 1939 and 1951. Using a variety of memoirs written by Ukrainian DPs, published primary sources, as well as archival material from the online Interview Archive of Forced Labor 1939-1945, Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, the United Nations Archive, and the online Archive of Ukrainian Periodicals it will argue that cultural nationalism not only served as a common link that united Ukrainians, but also served as a means through which Ukrainians exerted their own agency in the face of external international circumstances. Focusing on the Ukrainian experience in detail will not only provide information with which to compare the Ukrainian experience to other groups but will also give insight into the construction of diaspora communities, relations between diaspora communities and their homeland, national groups that lack their own nation-states.

Date

4-15-2022

Committee Chair

Marchand, Suzanne

DOI

10.31390/gradschool_dissertations.5834

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