Year XXI, Issue 3–4 (233–234)

Year XXI, Issue 3–4 (233–234)UA Читати українською

April 2017
Leonid Luks. Why The Bolsheviks Came to Power? A Century Since the October Coup
Roman Szporluk. Lenin, "Great Russia," and Ukraine
Svitlana Shlipchenko. Memory Puzzles and Dilemmas
George G. Grabowicz. Let’s imagine for a moment...
Oleksandr Irvanets. Kharkiv–1938


Summary of this Issue

The March–April, 2017 issue of Krytyka is dedicated to the hundredth anniversary of the events of 1917. It opens with a first part of an article on “Why The Bolsheviks Came to Power? A Century Since the October Coup” by Leonid Luks, PhD in World History, and Academic Supervisor of the International Laboratory for the Study of Russian and European Intellectual Dialogue at the National Research University and Higher School of Economics (Moskow). His article first appeared in Forum of the Newest East European History and Culture (2015, № 2).
Roman Szporluk’s “Lenin, ‘Great Russia,’ and Ukraine” continues the main topic of this issue. Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, the author analyzes the role of Lenin in the various fraught frames of this question. The  article was first published in Harvard Ukrainian Studies 28 (2006, no. 1–4).
In her “Memory Puzzles and Dilemmas” Svitlana Shlipchenko, architect, Director of research and educational programs of the Center for Urban Studies, NaUKMA, discusses the controversial competition for the construction of a monument to replace an earlier statue of Lenin in Kharkiv.
Excerpts from Oleksandr Irvanets’s, “Kharkiv–1938,” an alternative and satiric history of Ukraine after the Bolshevik Revolution, conclude the issue. In his “Let’s imagine for a moment...” Krytyka’s editor in chief George G. Grabowicz introduces this section by focusing on the deconstructive and parodic aspects of the novel.


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