Democratic Peace - or War? Paul D'Anieri Assesses the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Does the spread of democracy really lead to peace? Or could it actually incite war?

On Monday, October 2, 2017, Paul D’Anieri will explore this topic at HURI’s Seminar in Ukrainian Studies, focusing on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014. Currently a Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellow at HURI, D’Anieri is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

While the talk is centered on the Russia-Ukraine story, it may be of interest to political scientists and other scholars exploring democratization and the democratic peace theory more broadly.

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Former HURI Fellow Publishes Study of Soviet Ukrainian Theater

Mayhill Fowler came to HURI in 2012 as a Mihaychuk Research Fellow, just having defended her PhD dissertation at Princeton University. “HURI was the first place I had to deeply reconsider my dissertation. It was instrumental in reshaping that chaotic manuscript into a concise book,” Fowler said. That work--both at HURI and beyond--has paid off: The book is now in print through the University of Toronto Press.

Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine (University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; May 5, 2017) tells the tale of Les Kurbas and the Berezil Theater, as well as Kurbas’ circle, as they made art both Soviet and Ukrainian. It also examines how regions become peripheries and how cities become centers.

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Ukraine in the Flames: "1917 in Kyiv" by Serhii Plokhii

How could the Ukrainian idea, marginalized after the Revolution of 1905, emerge victorious in competition with visions of the future promoted by Russian liberals and social democrats, as well as proponents of Great Russian nationalism from the ranks of “true Russian” patriots of Little Russian extraction? In the revolutionary atmosphere of the time, the mixture of liberal nationalism and socialism offered by the young leaders of the Rada turned out to be an addictive ideology. The territorial autonomy of Ukraine advocated by the Ukrainian parties came to be regarded as the only way out of the plethora of military, economic, and social problems besieging the country. The Central Rada led the way as the only institution capable of meeting the two main demands of the moment—land and peace.

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