THE INFLUENCE OF THE DECOMMUNIZATION POLICY ON THE FORMATION OF UKRAINIAN NATIONAL IDENTITY

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Oleh Poshedin
Kateryna Kashchuk

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The article examined the impact of the decommunization policy in Ukraine on national identity formation. The objectives of the article were to determine the main reasons and consequences of decommunization in Ukraine. A historical approach to determine the causes of decommunization and justify its necessity is applied in the article. Sociological studies and expert opinions on decommunization are analyzed. Based on synthesis, analogy, and abstraction methods, the elaborated material is summarised, and the article’s conclusions are formulated. As a result, the conclusion has been drawn that decommunization could not contribute to the formation of national identity in Ukraine. The outcomes of decommunization had a positive effect only in combination with other efforts (educational process, dialogue with society, language policy). However, given Ukraine’s regional characteristics, it took time to unite the population around a shared historical memory, common symbols, and traditions. The policy of decommunization primarily contributed to the strengthening of regional identity. Moreover, improving the material well-being of Ukrainians and creating favorable conditions for living and working in Ukraine will unite the residents of all regions of Ukraine. These actions will significantly enhance the effect of decommunization in forming national identity. 

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Poshedin, Oleh, and Kateryna Kashchuk. 2023. “THE INFLUENCE OF THE DECOMMUNIZATION POLICY ON THE FORMATION OF UKRAINIAN NATIONAL IDENTITY”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (1):364-73. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2391370p.
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Oleh Poshedin, Institute of World History - Kyiv, Ukraine

Oleh Poshedin is a leading researcher of the Department of global and civilizational processes, The State Institution “Institute of World History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine,” Ph.D. in History, and author of over 80 scientific, methodical and journalistic papers. His publications include Poshedin, O., Palamarchuk, T., & Gaievska, L. (2020). Milestones vs. percents: how do we measure Ukraine’s European integration progress? Baltic Journal of Economic Studies, 6(5), 73-82. OlehPoshedin, MarynaChulaievska. (2017). European Integration of Ukraine: Tool for Internal Reform, Source of Problems or Pass Ticket to EU Membership? Romanian Journal of European Affairs, Vol 17, No 1, 100-120.3. OlehPoshedin, Maryna Chulaievska. (2017). Ukraine in dire straits: the conundrum of ensuring its military security. Science & Military Journal, Vol 12, No 1, 48-54. Interests: history of Ukraine, international relations, Euroatlantic and European integration, European security, military history of Ukraine.

Kateryna Kashchuk, Foundation of European and Security Research, Ukraine

Kateryna Kashchuk is a former state expert of a European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Policy Expert Group Defense Policy Directorate Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. More than 15 years of work in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in different spheres including military education and policy development. Interests: history of Ukraine, international relations, Euroatlantic and European integration, European security, military history of Ukraine.