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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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Concepts of Liberation

Concepts of Liberation

(p.150) 5 Concepts of Liberation
Children of Rus'

Faith Hillis

Cornell University Press

This chapter shows how the ongoing struggle for control of Kiev and its political institutions informed local political repertoires and cultures during the 1905 revolution. Ukrainophiles, non-Orthodox mercantile elites, and socialist activists—all of whom had articulated clear demands for political reform by the 1890s—unified under a Liberation Movement, joining the struggle for equal rights. Little Russian activists and the duma's antiliberal populists led the local opposition to the movement, insisting that the creation of an equal rights regime would only reward and embolden the putative exploiters of the Rus´ people. Denouncing the liberationist platform as an attack on “truly Russian” values founded on local folk culture and Orthodox traditions, they insisted that popular liberation could occur only under the auspices of a strong state that prioritized the welfare of the East Slavs.

Keywords:   political reform, Liberation Movement, 1905 revolution, equal rights, popular liberation

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