Fashioning Modern Ukraine
The collection Fashioning Modern Ukraine: Selected Writings of Mykola Kostomarov, Volodymyr Antonovych, and Mykhailo Drahomanov presents for the first time in English a number of seminal texts by three major nineteenth-century scholars and leaders of the national movement in Ukraine. The first and third sections of the book feature respectively the writings of Mykola Kostomarov and Mykhailo DrahomanoÑdescendants of the Cossack middle stratum and members of an influential Ukrainian intelligentsia that arose from that stratum. The second section highlights the works of Volodymyr AntonovychÑthe most prominent member of a group of Polish nobles of Right-Bank Ukraine who professed democratic values and in the early 1860s declared themselves Ukrainian. In their day Kostomarov, Antonovych, and Drahomanov were leading Ukrainian historians, political theorists, and intellectuals, but their ideas continued to be significant even later, in the early twentieth century, when the Ukrainian national movement relied heavily on their writings for inspiration and direction.