Oleksandra Krushynska: Becoming Austrian? The Problem of Socio-Political Transformations in Galicia During First Decades of Habsburg Rule (1772-1815)

This project deals with the socio-political transformations that took place in the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria from 1772, the year of the First Partition of Poland, to 1815, the year of the end of Napoleonic wars and the Vienna Congress. The main goal of this project is to study how the reforms and transformations imposed by the Habsburg monarchy have influenced the allegiance of the Galician population over the course of one generation.
The methodological framework of this research includes a juxtaposition of “Austrian” and “Galician” discourses, or the discourses of the colonizing power and the society it took over, and their analysis through the lens of postcolonial theory. In this case, a fuller picture of the studied time period in Galicia could be created, and a mistake of treating Galician society only as a passive object of imperial agenda would be avoided. This way, this project might be relevant in terms of filling a research gap in the studies of Austrian and European history at the end of the 18th to the beginning of 19th century.

Oleksandra Krushynska is an university assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Eastern European History of the University of Vienna. Her doctoral project deals with the first decades of history of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria within the Habsburg empire (supervisors: Prof. Dr. Kerstin S. Jobst and Prof. Dr. Christoph Augustynowicz).

She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honors in International Relations from the Institute of International Relations at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. She was also a participant of the international Master’s program Erasmus Mundus Global Studies, and has studied Global History at the University of Vienna and International Relations at the University of Wrocław as part of her mobility track. She was awarded a Master’s Degree in Global Studies, with her MA thesis dealing with the recent European integration reforms in Ukraine and the assistance of the European Union in these transformations.


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