Introduction

In Soviet times, Lviv was a picturesque yet sullen provincial city in Western Ukraine. In the mid-1970s, a former Polish resident visiting it called it “a noisy city and at the same time somber; full of people, yet monotone; grey, like its daily life.”¹ Yet it made history in the Soviet Union. While...

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Published in: The Ukrainian West p. 1
Main Author: WILLIAM JAY RISCH
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Harvard University Press 06-06-2011
Subjects:
War
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Summary: In Soviet times, Lviv was a picturesque yet sullen provincial city in Western Ukraine. In the mid-1970s, a former Polish resident visiting it called it “a noisy city and at the same time somber; full of people, yet monotone; grey, like its daily life.”¹ Yet it made history in the Soviet Union. While CNN and other major television networks in 1991 featured the demolition of Lenin monuments in Moscow, Leningrad, and other major Soviet cities, Lvivians had brought down theirs much earlier, in the summer of 1990.² Earlier, in March 1990, non-Communist candidates swept city and regional council elections. All
ISBN: 0674050010
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