Mshanets Local History

Document Type


Date Accepted

Summer 2006

Project Description/Abstract

I am applying for a CART Summer Grant in the sum of $3100 that will allow me to continue work on an oral history/local history of a cluster of villages in the Carpathian Mountains of Western Ukraine. Thus far, I have more than seventy interviews, containing an immense amount of material, and the recordings are currently being transcribed. This summer, I plan to work in the archives of Przemysl (Poland), Lviv (Ukraine) and Vienna to see how the rich and vivid historical picture created by the oral histories compares to the official documentary record. This juxtaposition will be important element of the monograph that is the end goal of the project. I should note that my work to date has generated considerable interest in the field. My project is an innovation in Ukrainian and East European historiography, and will help open new directions for the discipline, currently finding its way after the fall of Communism and the lifting of Soviet ideological and political strictures on scholarship.

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