Peasants of the Naddnipryanshchyna of the first third of the 20th century: perspectives and traps of formation national identity

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Yuriy Prysiazhniuk


The purpose of this article is a more detailed study of the modern transformation of the peasantry of the
Naddnipryanshchyna in the first third of the 20th century, in particular the formation of national identity in its consciousness.
Scientific novelty. Scientific novelty of the research results.Actually, the modernization of the village of Naddnipryanshchyna
in the first third of the 20th century encouraged its inhabitants to relatively speedily penetrate into their world of commoditymoney relations. Due to the needs of the time, the synthesis of the socio-economic and mental at the everyday level slowly
strengthened the deep foundations of national awakening. However, the peasantry was not able to make such a breakthrough into
the modern world. The author focused attention on the formation of national identity, taking into account the complexity of these
processes and the extremely diverse mosaic of socio-cultural interactions. Looking at it through the world of consciousness and
mentality led to an original result: the national from the main thing turned into something less significant. However, the national
did not disappear, but only optimized its dislocation. Ukrainians created a nation both mentally (ethno-cultural potential) and
consciously (ideological project). Moreover, only the in-depth interaction of the mental and the conscious guaranteed a positive
The formation of the national identity of the Naddnipryanshchyna in the transitional period from the imperial to the Soviet
period took place in the conditions of violation of traditional discourses and communicative practices. It was found that the
situational context of discourses was significant, particularly their sequencing and institutionalization. The methods of targeted
and rational interaction were created to generate a sense of involvement and interaction in the villagers, they were aimed at the
transfer of information and the generation of meanings, transformation of social reality. It united and identified the peasants.
However, it was not convincing, because identity (belonging to the nation) at that time was devoid of many attributes, above all
the experience of statehood, symbols, and common values. Some of them were deliberately distorted by the Bolsheviks.
Methodology. The study was conducted on the basis of an interdisciplinary approach, which encompasses and synthesizes
both theoretical positions (epistemological paradigms) and the results of thematic explorations.
Conclusion. In the 1920s, the Bolsheviks replaced the sacred aspect of national identity with a profane one. As a result,
the formation of national identity became a trap for the peasants, but even the establishment of a totalitarian regime did
not eliminate their national perspectives. They were dependent not so much on the dominant ideology or even the social
environment, but rather on the global cultural transfer of people, ideas, technologies, and social and political movements.

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Prysiazhniuk, Y. (2023). Peasants of the Naddnipryanshchyna of the first third of the 20th century: perspectives and traps of formation national identity. Ukrainian Peasant, (29).
Етнокультурне буття, духовність і світогляд селянства
Author Biography

Yuriy Prysiazhniuk, Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy, Cherkasy, Ukraine

Doctor of history, Professor, Professor of the Department of History of Ukraine,
Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy, Cherkasy, Ukraine


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