In The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv, Tarik Cyril Amar reveals
the local and transnational forces behind the twentieth-century
transformation of one of East Central Europe's most important
multiethnic borderland cities into a Soviet and Ukrainian urban center.
Today, Lviv is the modern metropole of the western part of independent
Ukraine and a center and symbol of Ukrainian national identity as well
as nationalism. Over the last three centuries it has also been part of
the Habsburg Empire, interwar Poland, a World War I Russian occupation
regime, the Nazi Generalgouvernement, and, until 1991, the Soviet Union.
Lviv's twentieth-century history was marked by great violence,
massive population changes, and fundamental transformation. Under
Habsburg and Polish rule up to World War II, Lviv was a predominantly
Polish city as well as one of the major centers of European Jewish life.
Immediately after World War II, Lviv underwent rapid Soviet
modernization, bringing further extensive change. Over the postwar
period, the city became preponderantly Ukrainian—ethnically,
linguistically, and in terms of its residents’ self-perception. Against
this background, Amar explains a striking paradox: Soviet rule, which
came to Lviv in its most ruthless Stalinist shape and lasted for half a
century, left behind the most Ukrainian version of the city in history.
In reconstructing this dramatic and profound change, Amar also
illuminates the historical background to present-day identities and
tensions within Ukraine.
Boktitel: The Paradox of Lviv. A Borderland Cirty Between Stalinists, Nazis, and Nationalists Författare: Tarik cyril Amar Bokförlag: Cornell University Press
Tarik Cyril Amar
Tarik Cyril Amar is Assistant Professor of History at Columbia
University and the former Academic Director of the Center for Urban
History of East Central Europe in Lviv.