The following is a list of English-language books and websites related to the history of Galicia and Lviv. These resources have helped me understand the complex and fascinating history of the region and have assisted me with research for my blog posts. I’ve included books from different genres and perspectives, as well as novels and memoirs by famous authors who hailed from Galicia.
♦ The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture Larry Wolff
♦ Galicia: A Multicultured land Christopher Hann
♦ The Myth of Galicia International Cultural Center
♦ Galician Villagers and the Ukrainian National Movement in the Nineteenth Century John-Paul Himka
♦ Oil Empire: Visions of Prosperity in Austrian Galicia Alison Fleig Frank
♦ The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569–1999 Timothy Snyder
♦ The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv: A Borderland City between Stalinists, Nazis, and Nationalists Tarik Cyril Amar
♦ Lemberg, Lwów, L’viv, 1914–1947: Violence and Ethnicity in a Contested City Christoph Mick
♦ The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke Timothy Snyder
♦ The Habsburg Empire: A New History Pieter M. Judson
♦ The Politics of Cultural Retreat: Imperial Bureaucracy in Austrian Galicia, 1772-1867 Iryna Vushko
♦ Music in the Culture of Polish Galicia, 1772-1914 Jolanta T. Pekacz
♦ J.A.Baczewski – Vodka. An Illustrated History
♦ Borderland: A Journey through the History of Ukraine Anna Reid (a history of Ukraine)
♦ Poland James A. Michener (a history of Poland)
♦ Awesome Lviv With references to major historical events, famous and talented residents, art, culture, sports, literature, traditions and even beloved street food.
♦ Secesja we Lwowie / Secession in Lviv (Polish and English) Julia Bohdanova Zanna Komar, 2014.
♦ Lwów nowoczesny / Lviv and Modernity (Polish and English) International Cultural Center, Kraków, 2017.
♦ Ukrainian Genealogy: A Beginner’s Guide John D. Pihach
♦ East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity” Phillippe Sands
♦ The Lost: The Search for Six of Six Million Daniel Mendelsohn (Jewish history)
♦ Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland’s Ukrainians after World War II Diana Howansky Reilly (Lemko history)
♦ Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family Andrew Zalewski (Jewish and Polish history)
♦ Lwów – A City Lost: Memories of a cherished childhood Eva Szybalski (Soviet occupation of Lviv during WWII)
♦ Wilde Genealogy: European and Canadian Heritage 1800-1945 Kathleen Wilde (A family history that begins in a village in Galicia)
♦ Together and Apart in Brzezany: Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians, 1919-1945 Shimon Redlich
A Girl in the Karpathians Ménie Muriel Dowie, 1891
Ménie Muriel Dowie was a British writer who spent her early twenties traveling. Her best-known tour, in the summer of 1890, was through the Carpathian Mountains (East Galicia), where she traveled alone and on horseback. Her travelogue, A Girl in the Karpathians, was published the following year, and she lectured to packed audiences.
Famous authors from Galicia whose childhood experiences were reflected in their future literary work.
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch – Austrian nobleman, writer and journalist, who gained renown for his romantic stories of Galician life, born in Lviv, 1836
♦ Venus in Furs His most famous work, an exploration of the themes of sado-masochism and female dominance
♦ Jewish Life: Tales from Nineteenth-Century Europe Originally published in 1891, a collection of twenty-six stories illustrating various aspects of Jewish life and culture in Europe prior to the twentieth century
♦ Don Juan von Kolomea Novella set in Galicia, with a Ruthenian noble as the protagonist
Ivan Franko – Ukrainian poet, writer, political activist, born in Nahuyevychi, 1856
Works that are available in English translation can be found here: http://sites.utoronto.ca/elul/English/Franko/
♦ Ivano Franko: Poems and Stories Including Boa Constrictor and Boryslav Is Laughing, which describe the development of the oil industry in the Boryslav region
Shmuel Yosef Agnon – Nobel Prize laureate writer of modern Hebrew fiction, born in Buchach, 1888
♦ A City in Its Fullness About Buchach
♦ The Bridal Canopy An epic describing Galician Judaism at the start of the 19th century
Bruno Shulz – Polish Jewish writer, born in Drohobych 1892
♦ The Cinnamon Shops and Other Stories About Drohobych
Joseph Roth – Austrian-Jewish journalist and novelist, born in Brody, 1894
♦ The Radetzky March A saga about the decline and fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (blog post from Europe Between East And West)
♦ The Hotel Years 62 feuilletons: on hotels; pains and pleasures; personalities; and the deteriorating international situation of the 1930s. Includes story about Galicia.
♦ Job The story of an orthodox Jew whose faith is weakened when he moves from Tsarist Russia to New York City
♦ The Wandering Jews A fragmented account of the Jewish migrations from eastern to western Europe in the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Revolution
Jozef Wittlin – Polish novelist, poet and translator, born in Dmytrów, studied in Lviv, 1896
♦ City of Lions About Lviv
The following is a list of websites, institutions, organizations, and blogs related to the history or culture of Galicia; or other websites that have inspired me.
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