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Vasyl Kuchabsky's Western Ukraine in Conflict with Poland and Bolshevism, 1918–1923 is devoted to one of the most complex periods of twentieth-century history, when the defeat of the Central Powers in the First World War and the collapse of the Russian Empire made it possible for the "non-historical nations" of Central and Eastern Europe to undertake the creation of independent states.

Kuchabsky, whom the renowned specialist on modern Ukraine Ivan Lysiak-Rudnytsky considered "the most interesting historian of the Ukrainian revolution," wrote the most comprehensive account of the political, military, and diplomatic aspects of the Western Ukrainian struggle for independence. The central issues in his study are Ukrainian-Polish relations and the Ukrainian-Polish War of 1918–19. Kuchabsky also examines state-building in the Western Ukrainian People's Republic (ZUNR) and, to some extent, in the Ukrainian People's Republic (UNR), as well as relations between the two republics, within the broader context of European politics, the Paris Peace Conference, the interests of the Allied powers, and the Russian attitude toward Ukrainian independence.

See Vasyl Kuchabsky, Western Ukrainian National Republic, Ukrainian-Polish War in Galicia, 1918-19, Ukrainian Galician Army, and other related articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine.

About The Author

Vasyl Kuchabsky

Vasyl Kuchabsky

A participant in the events he described, Kuchabsky (1895–1971) served as an officer in Ukrainian Sich Riflemen units during the struggle for Ukrainian independence. Having emigrated to Germany in 1922, he obtained a doctorate in history and Slavic philology from the University of Berlin in 1930. During the interwar period he commented …


  1. Mykola Riabchuk's review in The Harriman Review, Vol. 18, No. 1 (June 2011), pp. 12-16
  2. Mark von Hagen's review in the Journal of Ukrainian Studies 35-36 (2010-2011), pp. 338-39
  3. Andriy Zayarnyuk's review in the European History Quarterly, Vol. 41(4) (2011), pp. 707-9
  4. Roman Syrota's review in Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 29, Nos. 1-4 (2007), pp. 455-70
  5. Oleksa Drachewych's review in Slovo 24.2 (Autumn 2012), pp. 136-37
  6. Gennadii Korolev's review in Ab Imperio, No. 4, 2010, pp. 595-600 (in Russian)
  7. Piotr Wrobel's review in Przeglad Historyczny, Vol. 101, No. 1 (2010), pp. 145-47 (in Polish)
  8. C. R. Gilley's review in The Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 89, No. 4 (October 2011), pp. 766-68
  9. Svetlana Frunchak's review in the Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. LII, Nos. 1-2 (March-June 2010), pp. 227-28.
  10. Mykola Riabchuk's review in Krytyka, Nos. 1-2 (159-160), January-February 2011, pp. 9-12 (in Ukrainian)
  11. Peter Kenez's review in The Canadian Journal of History, Vol. XLV, autumn 2010, pp. 393-94
  12. Alexander Prusin's review in The Polish Review, Vol. 54, No. 3 (2009), pp. 372-75
  13. Alex Rettie's review in Alberta Views, January-February 2010, p. 60
  14. Peter Bejger's review in The Ukrainian Weekly, no. 6, 7 February 2010, p. 9

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