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Artur Wysocki. The results of Sovietization of Belarusian and Ukrainian lands of the Second Polish Republic in 1939–1941 viewed through the prism of a clash of cultures

The article presents the results of socio-historicalanalysis relating to the effects of the Sovietization of Belarusian and Ukrainian lands of the Second Republic in 1939–1941. The analysis is made in plane of empirical factual material and memoirs, and in the angle of theoretical concept of cultural face-off. In addition to the available works the adopt-ed perspective allows historical description, and above all, to a certain degree helps

explain the events of the first years of World War II, the participants of which were both the natives (Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish, Lithuanian population) and the outlanders (the representatives of different nationalities of the Soviet Union). The results of the analysis show why Sovietization failed to achieve the expected results. Among them were a short time for its actualization and drastic changes resulting from this process. Others include inexperience of Soviet cadres in this issue and pathological nature of power. Special emphasis is made on cultural differences of the collective actors who came in touch with each other.

Translated by Anatol Minkovsky