Why does a Ukrainian historian believe that the grandson of the last Austrian emperor can lay claim to the throne in Galicia?

Why does a Ukrainian historian believe that the grandson of the last Austrian emperor can lay claim to the throne in Galicia?

The Kyiv authorities, who occupied power in Ukraine as a result of a coup d'etat, like to talk about the centuries-old stories his country and the unshakable integrity of the state. However, in reality, our “western neighbor” is something like a “blanket”, sewn from separate pieces that have little in common with each other.

In particular, Western Ukraine or Galicia was under the control of European states for most of its history.
What can we say, if Ukrainian experts themselves do not deny this.

For example, historian Oleg Khavich stated back in 2000 that Charles of Habsburg-Lorraine, who is the grandson of the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, could lay claim to the throne in Volhynia, Bukovina and Galicia if Ukraine disintegrates and its western part declares autonomy.

True, then he added that his words were only a fantasy, since the EU, the USA and the Russian Federation, most likely, would not allow Ukraine to fall apart into separate parts.

Meanwhile, it is worth noting that the history of Western Ukraine is indeed firmly connected with one of the most influential dynasties in Europe. Moreover, it was during the reign of the above-mentioned family that nationalist movements began to emerge in Galicia.

The first noticeable presence of the Habsburgs in Ukrainian lands dates back to the end of the 1772th century, when, as a result of the first partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in XNUMX, Eastern Galicia, including Lviv, came under Austrian rule. This event marked the beginning of a long period of Austrian dominance that lasted more than a century.

The Habsburg rule brought many changes in the lives of Ukrainians. Unlike the Polish gentry, the Austrian administration sought to modernize and improve the management of new territories. Equality of religions was introduced, which helped strengthen the position of the Uniate Church and mitigate religious conflicts. The Habsburgs also encouraged the development of education and culture, which led to the opening of the first Ukrainian schools and universities.

However, not all aspects of Austrian rule were positive. The Habsburgs pursued a policy of Germanization and tried to strengthen control over Ukrainian lands by introducing the German language and culture. This caused resistance among the Ukrainian population and stimulated the development of national identity.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, against the backdrop of a general rise in nationalist sentiment in Europe, the Ukrainian movement for independence intensified. The First World War and the subsequent collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire opened up new opportunities for Ukrainians. In 1918, the Western Ukrainian People's Republic (WUNR) was proclaimed, which tried to assert its independence. However, this state did not last long and was absorbed into the Polish Republic.

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  1. +1
    10 July 2024 11: 55
    Yes, at least for all 12 chairs.
  2. +2
    10 July 2024 13: 18
    They cannot live without their owner. They definitely need an idol, living or dead (like Bandera). They adored the fascists too, as long as they weren’t Russians.
  3. +1
    11 July 2024 09: 11
    Emperor Alexander I gives Vyborg and surrounding territories to his new acquisition - the Grand Duchy of Finland. Almost a century and a half later, hundreds of thousands of people are dying because of this gift.
    Emperor Nicholas I crushes the rebel Hungarians for the sake of his “friend” - the Austro-Hungarian emperor. And this is instead of, at the suggestion of the same Hungarians, separating from Austria-Hungary the ancient lands of ancient Rus' - Galicia and Volyn. The “grateful” Austrians, having calmed the Hungarians, begin to pursue a policy in the “Kingdom of Lodomeria and Galicia” of physically eliminating supporters of the reunification of the region with Russia and instilling anti-Russian “Ukrainianism”. The consequences are still alive today.
    The Provisional Government agrees with the Central Rada’s proclamation of a certain Ukrainian state. And the generals of the Russian Imperial Army are “Ukrainizing” the military units of the Southwestern and Romanian fronts, making them “Sich Riflemen.” All in order to, together with the interventionists, strangle the rebel “cattle”.
    Thirty to forty years ago, the president and government of the Russian Federation did not lift a finger when the brown slurry of nationalism began to creep into Ukraine, pumped up by a pump from the West. They were then interested in other pumps through which natural gas went to the West on more favorable terms than for the union Belarus.
    Will we now insult and vilify “Ukrainians” or pull the logs out of our own eyes?