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Language, Identity, Politics-the Myth of Two Ukraines. Bertelsmann Policy Brief, April 2014

Fomina, Joanna (2014) Language, Identity, Politics-the Myth of Two Ukraines. Bertelsmann Policy Brief, April 2014. [Policy Paper]

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    The narrative of two Ukraines – the existence of two separate cultural-political communities within one Ukrainian state – has accompanied the relatively short history of inde-pendent Ukraine from the very be-ginning. Articulated by Mykola Ryabchuk more than twenty years ago1 and seemingly logical and reasonable, it has become the fa-vourite narrative of many Ukrainian and international commentators and analysts. One of these Ukraines is pro-European, shares liberal democracy values, wants to join the European Union, “return to Europe” and, what is very im-portant, speaks Ukrainian. The symbolic centre of this Ukraine is Lviv. The other is nostalgic about the Soviet Union, has close rela-tions with contemporary Russia, is hostile towards the West and does not share “western” values. The language of this other Ukraine is Russian and its “capital” is Do-netsk. Taking on board this narra-tive simply means equating one’s region of residence, political views, and preferred language.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Ukraine
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    Series: Series > Bertelsmann Stiftung/Foundation (Gutersloh, Germany) > Policy Brief
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 09:58
    Number of Pages: 20
    Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 10:18

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