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Odessa Recollected

The Port and the People

Patricia Herlihy (author)

ISBN: 9781618117366

Publication Date: Dec 2018

Format: Hardback

Explores the Ukrainian city of Odessa - formerly an economic asset for the Russian Empire and a resort town for the Soviet Union, and always a non-conformist city, it has become a contested area. Given the current hostilities in Eastern Ukraine, and with the potential for Odessa to become a possible land bridge to the Crimean Peninsula, the fate of the former Pearl of the Black Sea hangs in suspension.
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The present Ukrainian city of Odessa, formerly an economic asset for the Russian Empire and a resort town for the Soviet Union, always a non-conformist city at once rambunctious and European in style, has become a contested area. Imperial Russian tsars and Soviet leaders maintained an ambivalent attitude towards the maverick city, appreciating the fame and fortune it generated, but also leery of the activities of secret foreign national societies, pogromists, revolutionaries, and simply the perceived lack of patriotism in the singular city so far away from the heart of Russia. With the withering of the lucrative grain trade by the time of the Soviet Union, Odessa became a neglected city, drained of its foreign flavor. With the independence of Ukraine in 1991, there were hopes raised that the architectural beauty and economic prospects of the city would be revived. Given the current hostilities in Eastern Ukraine, with the potential of the Odessa area becoming a possible land bridge to the Crimean Peninsula, the fate of the former Pearl of the Black Sea hangs in suspension.
Illustrations 25 Tables, 3 Maps
Pages 256
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2018
Publisher Academic Studies Press
Series Ukrainian Studies
Subject/s Interdisciplinary Studies   Regional & national history   European history   Social & cultural history   Human geography  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Culture
  • The Persuasive Power of the Odessa Myth
  • Odessa Memories
  • How Ukrainian Is Odesa? From Odessa to Odesa
  • Jewish Writers of Odessa
  • Part 2: Community
  • Death in Odessa: A Study of Population Movements in a Nineteenth-Century City
  • The Ethnic Composition of Odessa in the Nineteenth Century
  • Greek Merchants in Odessa in the Nineteenth Century
  • The Greek Community in Odessa, 1861–1917
  • Part 3: Commerce
  • Odessa: Staple Trade and Urbanization in New Russia
  • Commerce and Architecture in Odessa in Late Imperial Russia
  • Port Jews of Odessa and Trieste: A Tale of Two Cities
  • Russian Wheat and the Port of Livorno, 1794–1865
  • The South Ukraine as an Economic Region in the Nineteenth Century
Patricia Herlihy is Professor Emerita from Brown University and from Emmanuel College, where she held the Louise Doherty Wyant Professorship. She is currently Adjunct Professor, Watson Institute for International Studies, an Associate of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.

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