Theme 23. NEW TRENDS AND FACTORS OF CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN 1917-1921 RR. (textbook)

SECTION IV. CULTURE AND SPIRITUAL LIFE IN UKRAINE 1917-1921 years

Theme 23. NEW TRENDS AND FACTORS OF CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN 1917-1921 RR.

  1. New trends and factors in the culture of 1917-1921
  2. Cultural achievements of the Ukrainian government in education, cultural and educational activities of NGOs.
  3. The state of science
  • Basic terms and concepts of the theme

All teachers' union, "Enlightenment", Ukrainian Academy of Sciences

  • Key dates

October 6, 1918, 22 October 1918, November 24, 1918

  1. What trends have characterized the development of science and technology in the early twentieth century.?
  2. How are they related to the process of industrialization of society?
  3. What changes have occurred in the early century in the field of education?


1. New trends and factors in the culture of 1917-1921

  1. What were the features of the culture in this period?
  2. Illustrate each of the factors that influenced the development of culture, specific facts.


The national liberation movement largely influenced cultural Ukrainian society. Despite the political buremnist events of interest to the cultural life not only did not die away, but rather more more increased.

Predetermined period, the culture of the Ukrainian revolution and revival of Ukrainian statehood are socio-economic and political factors. Complex and ambiguous processes connected with overthrow Tsars, the Bolshevik revolution, deploying Ukrainian liberation movement had a significant impact on culture. Violent events life reflected on the outlook of artists in unexpected viddzerkalyuvalys  forms and art. We must notice that these changes committed under the influence of the increasing socio-economic crisis covered all levels and segments of the population. However, there have been revival of all forms of national cultural life in Ukraine. For the first time its history there were conditions when the development of Ukrainian culture were look after their state-level.

Each of the revolutionary government, seeking to assert its authority, tried to rely on the cultural heritage of the people considered it appropriate not only win over the intelligentsia as a major media and the creator cultural and spiritual values, and convert it to exponent relevant political ideas and interests. Most vividly manifested  in the activities of the Bolshevik regime.

Let us turn to sources

From the law of the Central Council on the state language "(March 1918)

Central Council decided:

  1. All sorts of labels, signs, etc. for commercial, industrial, banking and similar institutions and offices, the state should be written Ukrainian language among other languages
  2. This resolution has the force and to every kind of products? manufactured in the Republic, which have labels, inscriptions.
  3. In all the commerce and industry of banking, etc. schools, offices ... language in records of the Ukrainian state should be.
When and under what circumstances is the document? On that "other languages referred to in the document How belonged to the Central Board of National Languages minorities? Why? What evidence of issue of this law? What were the consequences such a policy?

However, the bitter class and national liberation struggle polityzuvala consciousness, a split society into hostile camps, distorted world view of people. In a society dominated by intolerance bitterness and contempt for human life. Intellectual activity lost prestige, the intelligentsia - the sources of subsistence. The loss of educated people in 1917 - 1921 period were high. Thousands of intellectuals, artists Culture emigrated abroad. Intelligentsia replenished by other social groups. Under these conditions, cultural process Ukraine acquired idiosyncratic, peculiar to this era form.

The impact on the cultural life of Ukrainian society kept social factors, reflected changes in social structure society. Changes in political power during this period occurred with kaleidoscopic speed. Each of them relied on social and close to her national groups and segments of the population, trying to support them economically and politically, and involves them in accordance political and cultural development. A new social structure society that is artificially narodzhuvav Bolshevism, almost completely changed socio-cultural order and social structure of most creators culture.

Equally important were the factors of national culture. Liberation movement on one side stopped the process of imperial dictatorship and  subordination in the sphere of cultural life, on the other - called spiritual  rise of the Ukrainian people. The period of struggle for recovery and preservation of Ukrainian statehood was marked by eruption of Ukrainian culture, which became an integral part of Ukrainian state.

2. Cultural achievements of the Ukrainian government in education, cultural and educational activities of NGOs

  1. How far and why we can distinguish in the development of national education in 1917-1921?
  2. What role these processes played in public education organization, why?
  3. What the facts describing the development of secondary and higher education?


Since the formation of the Central Council of Ukraine has taken a course on revival of the national school. The new government proclaimed a unified mandatory, tax free, comprehensive, secular democratic school. They proceed decentralization of education departments of education created minorities and Board of Education. They determine the teaching staff recommended content-oriented schooling, contributed to the newspaper Ukrainian textbooks, educational literature in the language of national minorities and others.

In a short time in private and public funds the Central Council deployed construction Ukrainian school, were founded in 1953 Ukrainian High School, made training programs, plan Ukrainization school.

However, the development of Ukrainian national education provoked resistance from the conservative part of educators. Especially strong were the trends in higher education. But did the Central Council to this problems democratically, trying not to aggravate the situation. In higher education studies carried mixed language. However, power endeavored to encourage professors to reading courses Ukrainian. Universities started: Department of History Ukraine, Ukrainian literature, Ukrainian language and law. Central The Council has developed a plan for higher education institutions with the Ukrainian language teaching.

Opened new Ukrainian higher educational institutions. In October 1917 in Kiev began working Ukrainian National University, through month were based educational courses, which are then transformed into Pedagogical Academy. Under the Hetman Skoropadsky October 6, 1918 he inaugurated the first state university in Kiev, Ukrainian, 22 October - in Kamenetz-Podolsk.

However, the Ukrainian state was not just another political regime, but  educational policy. Focusing on broad government has given brutal centralization. Overturned by the national departments of education minorities and the Board of Education. Appointment of teachers, which previously had competence of local bodies, now transferred to the Ministry of Education.

However, the Hetman government continued the policy of development of Ukrainian education. This is especially apparent in the opening of new training institutions of government funds. In addition, strongly encouraged private Ukrainian initiative in establishing schools and other schools. By Hetmanat period began about 150 schools. In the middle schools that remained Russian, introduced Ukrainian subjects: the Ukrainian language, history and geography of Ukraine, Ukrainian literature.

Let us turn to sources

From the law of the Ukrainian State as learning the Ukrainian language and literature and history and Ukraine geography in secondary schools. August 1, 1918

Council of Ministers approved a law on compulsory education Ukrainian language and literature and history and geography of Ukraine all secondary schools.

  1. For all boys and girls' secondary schools, professional, commercial and other schools, teacher workshops and institutions and religious seminaries, must set out Ukrainian Language and Literature, which is determined to not less than 3:00 weekly in the first 5 classes, and in the last 2 classes - at least 2 hours, and geography and history of Ukraine, which should be defined not least for 2 hours per week in the last 2 classes of each school.
  2. For all boys and girls, middle, professional, commercial  and other schools, seminaries and institutes of teacher and spiritual  seminaries staffed position placed the teacher of Ukrainian language and literature, and necessarily laid zverhshtatni teacher positions geography and history of Ukraine.

With the law on the formation of the Ukrainian State Fund of the National Library of the Ukrainian derzhavy2 серпня August 2, 1918

Council of Ministers approved a law on the establishment of the National Library Foundation of Ukrainian state.         

  1. For the establishment ... library ... Foundation formed to ... purchase ... books, libraries, manuscripts ...
  2. ... The library should be the most comprehensive manner designed department "Ukrainika.
  3. How to advance to January 1, 1919 appropriated to the fund ... library ... 500 thousand rubles. from the state treasury.
  4. For fund management ... make a provisional committee for the establishment ... library.
Can I trust these documents? What types of educational institutions existed in the Ukrainian state? What system Ukrainization society created by this document? What implications for policy Hetmanat can you do? Why cultural policies Hetman was such?

Central Council decided:

  1. All sorts of labels, signs, etc. for commercial, industrial, banking and similar institutions and offices, the state should be written Ukrainian language among other languages
  2. This resolution has the force and to every kind of products? manufactured in the Republic, which have labels, inscriptions.
  3. In all the commerce and industry of banking, etc. schools, offices ... language in records of the Ukrainian state should be.
When and under what circumstances is the document? On that "other languages referred to in the document How belonged to the Central Board of National Languages minorities? Why? What evidence of issue of this law? What were the consequences such a policy?

P. Skoropadskyi based on the ruling strata of the population had more financial resources than the Central Council. In 1918, Hetman government provided substantial assistance to universities and institutions of Ukraine to repay their debt accumulated in previous years. Only by keeping in Kiev and Kamenetz-Podolsk two new Ukrainian government universities Ukrainian State asyhnuvav 403 thousand rubles. In addition, nearly 1.5 million rubles. allocated to the training of 28 thousand rubles. government has allocated to scholarships and financial aid to students. Ukrainian High School for days Hetmanat replenished not only universities. At that time started Architectural Institute Higher Technical Institute, Kyiv Clinical Institute and others.

The language of teaching in universities was only newly Ukrainian. Lecturing in Russian only allowed in certain cases and is under agreement with the Minister of Education.

After coming to power directory process of centralization of education again changed to decentralization. Administration of educational affairs was transferred to local authorities. Directory government was not strong, very often it was conditional, especially in the educational sphere. Ministry of Education at this time, pereyizhdzhayuchy with the government on the one city

According to official statistics, in late 1920 in Ukraine there 21.9 thousand secondary schools. The number of students increased from 1,7 million people. in 1917 to 2.25 million people. in 1920

In high school, focused on higher education institutions. At that time, continued expansion of higher education. In particular, to increase teaching staff for 1918 Teachers' Institute were started in September.

An important event in the educational life was the adoption in January 1919  law on state Ukrainian language in the UPR. This is due to approved Ministry of Education of the new spelling.

However, to determine the overall effectiveness of educational policy Directory, like other governments, is difficult because it unfolding against a background of continuous warfare which eventually melt Ukraine.

Promoters of national ideas in public education were organization. Thus, during the Central Council was established professional organization of teachers - All teachers union. It  organized network of courses for teachers to work in new  conditions, initiated the development of Ukrainian science dictionary terminology from different fields of knowledge.

Member of the "Enlightenment". 1916

Cultural and educational organization "Enlightenment" create library different clubs and courses, gave Ukrainian books and magazines. In April and September 1917 in Kiev on prosvita congresses. Autumn 1917 in Ukraine were out 900 such organizations. Until June 1921 number of "gap" has grown to 4227.

Given the financial hardship the public began to assume cause the maintenance of schools. In autumn 1917 the population of funds was established in 1953  secondary schools with instruction in Ukrainian, including 3 Ukrainian Gymnasium in Kiev.

Folk School in Volhynia

Great attention was paid to the Ukrainian edition textbooks. Only Society school in Kiev in 1918, released to the world of 2 million educational publications. School education orhanizovuvalasya local "Enlightenment", cooperatives, peasants 'and teachers' unions. At Many schools created for children Ukrainian folk gardens.

Cultural and spiritual life in Ukraine 1917 - 1920 рр.

3. The state of science.

  1. When and under what circumstances was founded Academy of Sciences?
  2. Which of her personalities you know?
  3. What areas of research were key in this period?


Despite the turmoil of revolutionary time, Ukrainian scientists have made considerable efforts to continue research work in various branches of knowledge. At this time worked a whole galaxy of outstanding scientists among them: D. Bagaley historian, geophysicist Vernadsky, philologist A. Crimea, a biochemist A. Palladin, urban planners Paton, chemist L. Pysarzhevsky, teacher Muzychenko O. et al.

A. The Crimean

In March 1917 Hrushevsky at a meeting of the Ukrainian Scientific Society put on the establishment of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Subsequently The Preparatory Commission was formed, which held a large organizational work.

November 24, 1918 during the opening ceremony Hetmanat  Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. It had three departments: History and Philology, Physics and Mathematics and socio-economic. To structure of branches included three institutes, 26 departments, 15 research commissions and committees. The first president was the Wye V. Vernadsky.

V. Vernadsky

Let us turn to sources

From the Ukrainian state law establishing the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences November 14, 1918

Council of Ministers approved a law establishing the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev.

  1. Adopt attached to this charter and Ukrainian states Academy of Sciences in Kiev and its agencies and the law of this translate into a life of 1  November 1918
  2. Of the listed research institutions in the charter academy  ... vytvoryuyutsya scrolling in the year: Physics Institute, the triangulation - Institute, Laboratory for attempts on materials at the Institute of Applied  mechanics, botanical garden, garden of acclimatization, Demographic Institute for studies of economic conditions and the economy Ukraine ...
  3. Academy of Sciences provides instruction to develop and submit to zakonodatnym approval procedure and calculation of the Slavic states of class  at the historic-philological department of the Academy?.
  4. The initial composition of the Academy of 1912 academics, that the filing unit Minister of Education and the arts, appoint Mr. Getman ...

V.ob. President of the Council of Ministers A. Rzhepytskyy Minister of Education and Arts Stebnyk

Note. The document before you mark the text: "Paul Skoropadskyi Approved.

Posvidchyv: State Secretary Sergei Zavadsky.

What scientific research has to direct Academy of Sciences? Why was it created? Please rate this fact, given the internal and  external conditions of its creation.

In late 1920 the Academy has worked more than 200 scientific staff staff, besides a large number of researchers worked with major research center on a voluntary basis.

One of the leading figures of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences was Yefremov.

Meet near

Sergey Efremov (1876-1939) - social, political, government, academics, journalist, literature. Political career started with a student years. One of the founders of the Ukrainian Democratic Party UDP (1904). Belonged  to the liberal wing of the Ukrainian movement, stood on national-cultural positions advocated gradualism and moderation of political struggle, since 1908 member of the leadership TUPu. One of  direct participants and initiators of UTSR, its deputy Chairman and Secretary General of International Affairs at the General Secretariat. Negatively treated the October Revolution, saw in it danger to the Ukrainian movement, advocated the creation of a single National Front. Hetman condemned the coup, refused to cooperation with the Hetman government. In the days went UPR Directory from active politics. 1919 worked in the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. 1922-1928 biennium - Vice President YUAN. In 20-ies published a number of fundamental scientific research on the history and literature  literature. Do not hide his negative attitude to ideology of the Communist Party of the Soviet system. 1929. arrested in  April 1930 sentenced in the SVU as a senior. Died in jail. Rehabilitated 1989

  1. What did you learn about life and political views Efremova?
  2. In which field of science it worked?
  3. What fate befell the politicians and scientists?


After a short "Ukrainian Cultural Renaissance" period Hetman again for men of science, education and culture came hard times. During the Academy of Sciences Directorate experienced hard times because commitment of its leaders to the violent Ukrainianization blatant aversion to the legacies of the past proposals generated lukewarm "Revolutionaries" eliminate "bourgeois" hetman institutions, in particular Academy of Sciences.

Let us turn to sources

Historian-N.Polonska Vasilenko Academy of Sciences of the situation during the Directory

"Circs Academy was awful? Inside, his  received Academy - Vladimir V., 54 (former board Countess Levashov) not opalyuvaly, ink frozen, and it had vidihrivaty hukannyam. But here, in a cold room, going hungry Ukrainian science enthusiasts in threadbare coats, with pomorozhenymy, choppy hands, warmed by love for Ukraine, they made plans development of Ukrainian science? On the back pages, calendars, old playbills - because the paper was not - in ink - dissolved in  water pencils - they wrote their works? ".

Why historian describes the situation as terrible Academy Do you think, why in such circumstances scientists continue to work?

  1. What are the main factors indication to the development of culture period Ukrainian revolution and fight for the preservation of Ukraine government independence?
  2. What cultural and educational activities conducted by NGOs?
  3. As developed in this period of secondary school?
  4. As a developing national science?
  5. Get chart:         
    Guidelines for Development of Culture The events and figures of cultural life
  6. Compare policies UCR, Hetman and directory in education? Draw conclusions
  7. Historian diaspora O. Subtelny wrote "Yes, in some few Hetman months had in his account such achievements in the field culture, which many generations dreamed of intellectuals. "Do you agree you with this assessment? Why?
  8. Historian King James II in his book "Ukrainian culture. Brief History  cultural life of the Ukrainian people "(1918) asked:" Are we in really have the right to free life, or we have a right to that autonomy, which so insistently press for for over two centuries? Do our people -  single people, or he has a culture - culture of the original, kind? Whether in the past yes in his own story, their lives? Or we really need a separate school with our language, some universities, or  Could it just our imagination, as all ignorant people say now?  How would you answer the question by the document? Explain your opinion.