University of Washington Tacoma

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Author Biography

David is currently a JSI Fellow at Princeton University studying economics, international policy, and statistics. His research interests cover the cross sections of economics, history, and international relations.

Document Type

Undergraduate Research Paper


To effectively analyze the dimensions of the Holodomor, this research paper provides the historical overview of the Ukrainian state and nationalist developments. The overview shows the rise of Ukrainian nationalism and later, the problem that it would pose for Soviet leaders. Besieged by national tragedies and centuries of conflict, the Ukrainian people had emerged as the Ukrainian People’s Republic and embraced independence during the chaos of WWI. The Ukrainian government would lose to the Soviet Union and be incorporated as part of the Soviet Socialist Republic. Once Stalin consolidated power, he sought to industrialize the Soviet Union. However, since Ukrainians had recently tasted freedom, Stalin’s designs for the Soviet Union encountered a significant problem. The Ukrainian peasantry held much of the wealth and their nationalist dimensions threatened his greater plans and even the core of the Soviet Union. Under the pretense of rapid industrialization, Stalin committed genocide against the Ukrainians, and as a result, the desolation that was inflicted upon the Ukrainians had many ramifications for both the Ukrainian identity and the Ukrainian state.


University of Washington


HIST 364: Modern Russia


Matthew O'Leary