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Romantic Nationalism in Eastern EuropeRussian, Polish, and Ukrainian Political Imaginations$
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Serhiy Bilenky

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778060

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778060.001.0001

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“Independent Part of the Universe”

“Independent Part of the Universe”

Russia's Borders

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Romantic Nationalism in Eastern Europe
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This chapter analyzes the Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian visions of Russia's boundaries, examining several main models of the imperial–national divide as it impinged on the mental maps of Russians. It discusses Polish émigrés' decisively anti-imperial look at Russia's geography; and the Ukrainian vision, which emphasized an ethnically split empire rather than a national space dominated by Great Russians.

Keywords:   Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, Russia's boundaries, imperial–national divide, Russian Empire

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