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Children of Rus'Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation$
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Faith Hillis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452192

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452192.001.0001

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Nationalizing Urban Politics

Nationalizing Urban Politics

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(p.117) 4 Nationalizing Urban Politics
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Children of Rus'
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Faith Hillis

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452192.003.0005

This chapter examines the internal political ecology of Kiev between the 1860s and early 1900s, in the process unearthing rather different patterns of political mobilization indicated in previous literature on Russian urban politics. It focuses on the intense conflicts that emerged as Kiev residents debated how best to govern the city and struggled to define the proper place of the southwestern borderlands in the empire. In its political and associational activities, the city's new capitalist elite challenged the nationalizing vision associated with the Little Russian idea. Capitalist Kiev's beau monde prided itself on its cosmopolitanism, welcoming all men who had proven their business acumen; however, it showed limited interest in the welfare of the city's working classes. In response, an emergent class of populist politicians, some of whom can be traced directly to the Little Russian lobby, formulated a harsh critique of the capitalist city fathers' apparent self-interest.

Keywords:   Kiev's political ecology, political mobilization, Russian urban politics, Kiev's capitalist elite, working class

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