Friday, April 21, 2006

Ukrainian cultural renaissance of the 1920s

Mykola Khvylovy, Vaplite, and the Ukrainian Cultural Renaissance of the 1920s is the current Featured Entry in the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine's Featured Topics in Ukrainian Literature.

The downfall of the Russian Empire after the First World War, the resulting abolition of imperial censorship, the establishment of an independent Ukrainian state (even if for a very short time), and the relative leniency of the Soviet regime in the 1920s all led to an astonishing renaissance of literary and cultural activity in Ukraine. Scores of new writers and poets appeared and formed dozens of literary groups that changed the face of Ukrainian literature.

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However, the Ukrainian cultural renaissance of the 1920s was brutally quashed by Stalinist terror of the 1930s. ...

Fascinating read for those who love history and particularly Ukrainian history.

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