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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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Electoral Politics and Regional Governance

Electoral Politics and Regional Governance

(p.181) 6 Electoral Politics and Regional Governance
Children of Rus'

Faith Hillis

Cornell University Press

This chapter follows Kiev's warring political camps through three hotly contested elections in 1906–7—two to the new imperial Duma and one to the Kiev city duma. The political system that emerged from 1905 permitted the ideological conflicts that had polarized Kiev residents during the revolutionary upheaval to harden into sharp partisan divides. Liberationists and their “truly Russian” opponents continued to debate each other on university campuses, on shop floors, and in city streets, but they also enjoyed a new venue in which to compete: multiparty electoral campaigns in which many peasants and workers could vote. Kiev's liberationist forces focused on mobilizing a multiethnic coalition in defense of equal rights. The antiliberationist bloc, by contrast, ran on a platform of exclusion, questioning the ability of Poles and especially Jews to live peacefully with the Orthodox East Slavs.

Keywords:   multiparty electoral campaigns, liberationists, antiliberationists, equal rights, ideological conflicts, true Russians

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