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In the World of Stalinist Crimes: Ukraine in the Years of the Purges and Terror (1934‒1938) from the Polish Perspective

In the World of Stalinist Crimes: Ukraine in the Years of the Purges and Terror (1934‒1938) from the Polish Perspective

Robert Kuśnierz's book addresses Soviet Ukraine during the Stalinist purges and Great Terror of 1934–38 as seen from the perspective of Polish diplomats then working there. What sets it apart from other studies of the Great Terror is its extensive use of hitherto unknown archival materials, including documents prepared by the interwar Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Army. Kuśnierz describes the conditions under which the Polish consulates in Soviet Ukraine functioned during the Great Terror; the kinds of problems their officials encountered and what sources of information they used for their reports; whether they tried to intervene to prevent Soviet persecution, particularly of Polish citizens and members of the Polish minority in Soviet Ukraine; and whether the reports they transmitted to Warsaw influenced Polish policies vis-à-vis Moscow. The book also provides information about the plight of the Ukrainian countryside after the Great Famine of 1932–33, including Polish intelligence photos of devastated villages. This book is volume 10 of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research Monograph Series.
Robert Kuśnierz is a professor at the Institute of History of the Pomeranian Academy in Słupsk, Poland. He is a specialist in the history of the Soviet Union, and in particular of Soviet Ukraine. He also studies Polish military intelligence and the diplomatic services of the Second Polish Republic during the interwar period. He wrote or edited eight scholarly book publications on these subjects.

Robert Kuśnierz. In the World of Stalinist Crimes: Ukraine in the Years of the Purges and Terror (1934‒1938) from the Polish Perspective. Edmonton; Toronto: CIUS, 2020

Holodomor in Ukraine, the Genocidal Famine 1932-1933: Learning Materials for Teachers and Students

Holodomor in Ukraine, the Genocidal Famine 1932-1933: Learning Materials for Teachers and Students

Holodomor in Ukraine, the Genocidal Famine 1932-1933: Learning Materials for Teachers and Students is a comprehensive teaching resource for studying and teaching the Holodomor. Written by Valentina Kuryliw, Director of Education for the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC), the book is a first-of-its-kind resource developed for use in a range of courses and grade levels. Printed in full colour, the richly illustrated 308-page workbook features stand-alone teaching materials, lesson plans, and assignments as well as timelines, maps, memoirs, photographs, age-appropriate literary works, and resource listings. The teaching methods and strategies focus on developing critical and historical thinking skills while integrating primary sources.

Kuryliw, Valentina. Holodomor in Ukraine, the Genocidal Famine 1932-1933: Learning Materials for Teachers and Students. CIUS: Edmonton; Toronto: CIUS, 2018.

For more information on Holodomor teaching resources for elementary and high school students, please visit the HREC Education website: https://education.holodomor.ca/

Contact information: To arrange a book signing or interview, or to request a high-resolution JPEG color photograph of the author or book cover please email Valentina Kuryliw at hreced@ualberta.ca.Toronto orders: The book can be purchased from the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre (UCRDC) by email (office@ucrdc.org) or by telephone (416-966-1819).

The Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine: An Anatomy of the Holodomor

The Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine: An Anatomy of the Holodomor

The Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine: An Anatomy of the Holodomor is a distillation of thirty years of study of the topic by one of Ukraine’s leading historians. In this account, Stanislav Kulchytsky ably incorporates a vast array of sources and literature that have become available 0in the past three decades into a highly readable narrative, explaining the motives, circumstances and course of this terrible crime against humanity.

Stanislav Kulchytsky. The Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine: An Anatomy of the Holodomor. Edmonton; Toronto: CIUS, 2018.

Communism and Hunger: The Ukrainian, Chinese, Kazakh, and Soviet Famines in Comparative Perspective

Communism and Hunger: The Ukrainian, Chinese, Kazakh, and Soviet Famines in Comparative Perspective

In this volume, leading specialists examine the affinities and differences between the pan-Soviet famine of 1931–1933, the Ukrainian Holodomor, the Kazakh great hunger, and the famine in China in 1959–1961. The contributors presented papers at a conference organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium in 2014.

Andrea Graziosi and Frank Sysyn. Communism and Hunger: The Ukrainian, Chinese, Kazakh, and Soviet Famines in Comparative Perspective. Toronto: CIUS Press, 2016.

  • Andrea Graziosi and Frank E. Sysyn, "Communism and Hunger: Introduction."
  • Nicolas Werth, "Stalin’s and Mao’s Famines: Similarities and Differences Food Shortages, Hunger, and Famines in the USSR, 1928-33."
  • Lucien Bianco, “Comparing the Soviet and Chinese Famines: Their Perpetrators, Actors, and Victims."
  • Niccolò Pianciola, "Towards a Transnational History of Great Leaps Forward in Pastoral Central Eurasia."
  • Sarah Cameron, "The Kazakh Famine of 1930-33: Current Research and New Directions."
  • Zhou Xun, "Re-examining the History of the Great Famine in China through Documentary Evidence."
  • Andrea Graziosi, "Selected Bibliography of Socialist Famines in the Twentieth Century"
Contextualizing the Holodomor: The Impact of Thirty Years of Ukrainian Famine Studies

Contextualizing the Holodomor: The Impact of Thirty Years of Ukrainian Famine Studies

It was in the 1980s that the Famine of 1932–33 in Ukraine became the subject of serious academic study with the publication of Robert Conquest’s ground-breaking The Harvest of Sorrow. In 2013, on the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor, HREC partnered with several institutions to organize a conference examining what 30 years of scholarly work on the Famine has added to our understanding of Ukrainian history, Soviet history, communism, and genocide studies. This volume contains articles presented at a conference by the same name organized by HREC.

Andrij Makuch and Frank Sysyn. Contextualizing the Holodomor:The Impact of Thirty Years of Ukrainian Famine Studies. Toronto: CIUS Press, 2015.

  • Frank Sysyn, "Thirty Years of Research on the Holodomor: A Balance Sheet."
  • Olga Andriewsky, "Towards a Decentred History: The Study of the Holodomor and Ukrainian Historiography."
  • Andrea Graziosi, "The Impact of Holodomor Studies on the Understanding of the USSR."
  • Françoise Thom, "Reflections on Stalin and the Holodomor."
  • Stanislav Kul'chyts'kyi, "The Holodomor of 1932–33: How and Why?"
  • Norman M. Naimark, "How the Holodomor Can Be Integrated into our Understanding of Genocide."