Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Re: late 19th/early 20th century political and social conditions in Galicia #galicia

Brian J. Lenius <brian@...>

Consider the book by Dr. John-Paul Himka titled, "Galician Villagers and the
Ukrainian National Movement in the Nineteenth Century" (Canadian Institute
of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 1988).

I would recommend this excellent book for those researchers interested in an
in-depth, broad-based, and well-rounded study of this topic. The book is
ideal for those researchers who wish to "expand their horizons" and delve at
depth into the circumstances surrounding the social and political conditions
as well as the economy of not only Jews, but also the Ukrainian peasantry
during this time period in Galicia. One of the topics in this book includes
an in-depth study of the social impact of the emerging "money economy" of
the late 1800's (after the abolition of serfdom in 1848) and the interaction
between the peasantry (mostly Ukrainians in eastern Galicia), the landlords
(mostly Polish); and the "representatives" (mostly Jews) of the emerging
"money economy" that replaced serfdom. The reader should be aware that
prior to the freeing of the peasants >from their servitude to landlords, they
were able to survive (albeit with virtually nothing other than the minimal
housing, food and clothing) because of the "natural economy" (one based on
subsistence) rather than the new "money economy" (pre-capitalism) that
required having money in order to simply survive.

Dr. Himka is a well-known and respected historian and professor of East
European History at the University of Alberta. He has studied and written
extensively (numerous books and academic papers) and with sensitivity on
many topics including the Holocaust. To gain some insight into Dr. Himka's
work, the reader should read the article posted on the JewishGen website at:

Dr. Himka has researched in the archives of Europe, particularly those of
Ukraine, Poland and Austria for more than 30 years. Most recently he was
hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and conducted research
extensively at Yad Vashem Archives.

Brian J. Lenius
Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada
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