Faith C. Hillis F'09
Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowships 2009
Between Empire and Nation: Urban Politics, Violence, and Community in Kiev, 1863-1914
This project examines the rise of mass politics in a diverse and highly contested locale. Following Kiev's Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish, and Polish inhabitants from 1863 to 1914, it asks how city dwellers’ encounters with both formal political institutions and cultural politics transformed the terms in which they viewed themselves and their neighbors. Drawing on sources never before consulted by western historians, this work demonstrates how ideologies shaped and responded to the political cultures developing among the urban masses. Along the way, it contributes to historians’ understanding of urban life in multi-cultural cities, political violence, and the connections between local and imperial/national politics.