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Survey of Ukrainian Historiography
By Dmytro Doroshenko

published by
The Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences
in the U. S., Inc.,

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 p9  Preface

Dmytro Ivanovych Doroshenko's book, Ohlyad ukrayin­s'koyi istoriohrafiyi* (A Survey of Ukrainian Historiography) was published in Ukrainian in 1923 in Prague by the Ukrainian University. This book is composed of a course of lectures given by the author at the Ukrainian Free University, first in Vienna in the spring of 1921 and, more extensively, in Prague during the 1921‑1922 academic year.

Doroshenko (1882‑1951) was occupied with Ukrainian historiography throughout his scholar­ly career of nearly fifty years. He worked on a number of problems of Ukrainian historiography, studied with deep insight the most important stages of its development, concentrated on the major Ukrainian historians, such as Antonovych, Drahomanov, Hrushevsky, Kostomarov, Kulish, Lypynsky, and also took an interest in those numerous scholars whose devotion and tireless work helped create Ukrainian historical science. Doroshenko, a prominent Ukrainian historian of the twentieth century, had wide knowledge of, understood and respected his predecessors.

Actually, A Survey of Ukrainian history Historiography is the first comprehensive scholar­ly outline of Ukrainian historiography from its beginnings in the eleventh century up to our time. Moreover, Doroshenko was the first to treat Ukrainian historiography as a development of Ukrainian historical thought, and also first to separate Ukrainian historiography from source studies, but at the same time not isolating historical science from its source.

 p10  Doroshenko's complete book has been translated from the Prague edition of 1923. The chapters of the book, their subdivisions and corresponding titles fully agree with the Ukrainian original; the bibliography has been shifted to the end of each chapter.

During the last decades Ukrainian historical science made great progress: numerous Ukrainian scholars have been engaged in historiographical studies and many problems have been worked out more completely than they were at the time Doroshenko wrote his Survey. Many details have since been illuminated, many disputable problems elucidated. Therefore a supplementary chapter on the development of Ukrainian historiography from 1917 up to 1956 written by Oleksander Ohloblyn, formerly professor of history at Kiev University, has been added.

In the course of the editorial preparation of this book, Ohloblyn introduced some new data on research in footnotes, completed the bibliography with data on recent publications, and made a few small editorial abridgments, mostly excluding repetitions encountered in the Ukrainian text, which are designated by the punctuation marks [. . .]. A few negligible inaccuracies of the Prague edition have been corrected and more recent biographical data added on some historians. The data cited by Doroshenko in footnotes on articles reviewing certain historical works have been abbreviated, except data on his own critical articles. Editorial footnotes of the present edition have no asterisks, those by Doroshenko have an asterisk added to the number.​a Titles of biographical sources published in Roman lettering and the names of corresponding authors are cited in full agreement with the original. Those published in Cyrillic lettering are transliterated according to the system shown on page 453.

The Editor's Note:

* Dmytro Doroshenko, Ohlyad ukrayin­s'koyi istoriohrafiyi, published by the Ukrainian University, 1923, Prague, 220 pp. + l.

Thayer's Note:

a Taking advantage of the features of the Web to reduce the clutter — notes with and without asterisks — I've modified that: Doroshenko's notes (asterisked in the printed text) are now shown in this color, and subsequent editorial notes in another.

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