Oleksa Drachewych

- Assistant Professor

image of Oleksa DrachewychPhD, McMaster University, 2017
Telephone:  519-661-2111 ext. 84922
Email: odrachew@uwo.ca
Office: LWH 2245
Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00-3:00pm or by appointment


Research Interests

Professor Drachewych’s research interests focus on the history of Russian foreign policy, the history of international communism, and transnational anti-imperialism. Professor Drachewych has also authored several book reviews in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Europe-Asia Studies, Revolutionary Russia, and elsewhere. He serves as a reviews editor for H-Russia. 

Major Research Projects 

1. Soviet Communism and Human and Civil Rights

This project surveys the influence of the Bolshevik Revolution and its ideals on the development of human and civil rights movements across the world in the twentieth century. The Bolshevik Revolution proved to be an influential moment for many people, owed to its perceived emphasis on peace, internationalism, egalitarianism, anti-imperialism, anti-fascism and racial equality. Despite promoting such values and drawing many people into the movement, the Soviet Union failed to practice these values internally, instead committing atrocities and violating human rights within its borders. As news of these horrors came to light, many communists remained influenced by the ideals of the Bolshevik Revolution, while condemning the Soviet Union, and became prominent figures in civil rights, human rights, and colonial liberation movements in the twentieth century. This project outlines how the Soviet Union’s communist ideals influenced these progressive movements while, paradoxically, the Soviet regime failed to adhere to these values within its borders. This project is under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press.

2. The Documents of the Communist International and the National, Colonial & Racial Questions.

In an effort to encourage more comparative and transnational histories of interwar international communism, this project aims to provide the definitive starting point for study on the Communist International and its efforts to promote colonial liberation, national self-determination and racial equality in the interwar period. This document collection will make resolutions and debates from communist parties around the world available in English for the first time. This project is under contract with Historical Materialism, an imprint of Brill.

 

Selected Publications 

Books

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Co-edited with Ian McKay. Left Transnationalism: The Communist International and the National, Colonial, and Racial Questions. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019 (forthcoming).

 

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The Communist International, Anti-Imperialism and Racial Equality in British Dominions. London: Routledge, 2018.

 

 

Refereed Book Chapters

“Settler Colonialism and the Communist International,” in Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism, Second Edition, edited by Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

(forthcoming)Co-written with Ian McKay, “Transnational Leftism? The Communist International, the National, Colonial and Racial Questions, and the Strengths and Limitations of the ‘Moscow Rules’ Paradigm,” forthcoming in Left Transnationalism: The Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions, edited by Oleksa Drachewych and Ian McKay. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

(forthcoming)“Race, the Comintern and Communist Parties in British Dominions, 1920-1943,” forthcoming in Left Transnationalism: The Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions, edited by Oleksa Drachewych and Ian McKay. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

(forthcoming)“Conclusion: Future Avenues for the Study of the Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions,” forthcoming in Left Transnationalism: The Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions, edited by Oleksa Drachewych and Ian McKay. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

Refereed Articles

“The Communist Transnational? Transnational Studies and the History of the Comintern,” History Compass 17, no. 2 (Feb. 2019).