Ukrainophile Activism and Imperial Governance in Russia's Southwestern Borderlands

  title={Ukrainophile Activism and Imperial Governance in Russia's Southwestern Borderlands},
  author={Faith Hillis},
  journal={Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History},
  pages={301 - 326}
  • Faith Hillis
  • Published 22 March 2012
  • History
  • Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History
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