State Building in Revolutionary Ukraine examines six attempts to create governments on Ukrainian territories between 1917 and 1922. Focusing on how political leaders formed and staffed administrations, this study shows that in Ukraine during this time, there was an available pool of able administrators sufficiently competent in Ukrainian to work as bureaucrats in the independent national governments. These people could sometimes implement policies, a significant accomplishment in light of the upheavals of the time. Stephen Velychenko compares Ukrainian efforts to create an independent national government with the analogous successful efforts made in Russia, Poland, Ireland and Czechoslovakia. He questions the notion that Ukrainian attempts at national independence failed because its society was 'incomplete' and its leaders unable to organize an effective administration. Pointing out that Bolshevik administrations at the time were no more effective in implementing policies than their rivals, Velychenko argues that more effective governance was not one of the reasons for the Russian Bolshevik victory in Ukraine.
Stephen Velychenko is a research fellow of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto. His most recent book was State-Building in Revolutionary Ukraine.
List of Illustrations and Maps Introduction * Ukrainians and Government Bureaucracy before 1917 * Bureaucracy Law and Parties in Ukrainian Thought * The Rada and Bureaucrats * The Ukrainian State * The National Republic * Bureaucrats and Bolsheviks in Russia * Bureaucrats Bolsheviks and Whites in Ukraine * Government and Bureaucrats in western Ukraine * Bureaucrats in Other New European Governments Conclusion Appendix 1 Tables Appendix 2 Provisional List of Administrators' Unions and Organizations (1917) Appendix 3 Daily Life Appendix 4 Prices and Wages Bibliography of Primary Sources Bibliography of Secondary Sources Index