The Awakening Peasantry
The key to the development of a mass constituency for the Ukrainian national movement was the participation of the peasantry. This chapter examines the motivations of the peasantry in joining the national movement and also some of the changes wrought in the peasantry as a result. After a brief discussion of the social and cultural profile of the peasant activists, the chapter examines in some detail the socio-economic underpinnings of Polish-Ukrainian and Jewish-Ukrainian conflict in rural Galicia. The next two sections discuss the impact of the national movement on the political and cultural life of the village. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the relative weight of socio-economic and national factors in determining the peasantry’s participation in the national movement.
KeywordsTraditional Authority Loan Fund National Movement Folk Song Communal Government
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