The strengthening of a Ukrainian National feeling, closely connected to the Ukrainian revolutionary events, since 1917 till the beginning of the Twenties, finds a new and interesting reading in the documents of the Italian Army Staff Archive and in those of the Vatican Secret Archive. Thus, it is a material that belongs to two definite observatories: a lay one (the Italian Military Missions in Russia and Poland) and a religious one (the Holy See). Although with different motivations, the Italian Military Missions and the Holy See had a common aim: to make Ukraine and, in particular, Eastern Galicia, a “land of mission”, because Western Powers economical interests and Catholicism’s destiny in the East were performed there. The “Pan-Polish” way and the subsequent denial of a Ukrainian nation belonged to the vision of both lay officers and Vatican emissaries; their strongest fear was that an independent Ukrainian entity would be an easy prey for Bolshevism and an obstacle for Catholicism’s diffusion in the East.

The Question of the Ukrainian Nationalism and the Case of Galicia between Brest and Riga according to the Italian Military Army Archive and Vatican Secret Archive.

PELLEGRINO, MANUELA
2004-01-01

Abstract

The strengthening of a Ukrainian National feeling, closely connected to the Ukrainian revolutionary events, since 1917 till the beginning of the Twenties, finds a new and interesting reading in the documents of the Italian Army Staff Archive and in those of the Vatican Secret Archive. Thus, it is a material that belongs to two definite observatories: a lay one (the Italian Military Missions in Russia and Poland) and a religious one (the Holy See). Although with different motivations, the Italian Military Missions and the Holy See had a common aim: to make Ukraine and, in particular, Eastern Galicia, a “land of mission”, because Western Powers economical interests and Catholicism’s destiny in the East were performed there. The “Pan-Polish” way and the subsequent denial of a Ukrainian nation belonged to the vision of both lay officers and Vatican emissaries; their strongest fear was that an independent Ukrainian entity would be an easy prey for Bolshevism and an obstacle for Catholicism’s diffusion in the East.
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