Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Post-Colonialism and Ukrainian History

This is the title of an article by Stephen Velychenko published by the excellent Russian scholarly journal Ab Imperio.
"Postcolonialism and Ukrainian History," Ab Imperio, no. 1 (2004), pp. 391-404.

On the phenomenon in general:
"They [postcolonialist scholars] seem to think that bad, white European males with their technology and logic did worse things to good, non-white non-Europeans than they did to each other or that non-Europeans did to themselves."

And then one does have to have a keen eye for subtle irony to enjoy the way he nails its newly-converted Ukrainian followers:
By describing Ukrainian-Russian relations in post-colonialist terms these individuals make Ukrainian points of view and grievances acceptable to some who otherwise might have ignored them.

Grin thoughtfully.


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