April 3, 2022

The Fate of Austrian Galicia + The Fog of this Russo-Ukrainian War


Galicia is a historical and geographic region spanning what is now southeastern Poland and western Ukraine.

It was part of the mediaeval Kingdom of Galicia and Volhynia. In 1253, Prince Daniel of Galicia was crowned the King of Rus or King of Ruthenia following the Mongol invasion of Kievan Rus'. 

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In 1772 with the partition of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the south-eastern part of the former Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth was awarded to the Habsburg Empress Maria-Theresa, whose bureaucrats named it the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, after one of the titles of the princes of Hungary, although its borders coincided but roughly with those of the former medieval principality. Known informally as Galicia, it became the largest, most populous, and northernmost province of the Austrian Empire, while after 1867 part of the Austrian half of Austria-Hungary, until the dissolution of the monarchy at the end of World War I in 1918, when it ceased to exist as a geographic entity.

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The fate of Galicia was settled by the Peace of Riga on 18 March 1921, attributing Galicia to the Second Polish Republic. Although never accepted as legitimate by some Ukrainians, it was internationally recognized on 15 May 1923.

The Ukrainians of the former eastern Galicia and the neighbouring province of Volhynia made up about 12% of the Second Polish Republic population, and were its largest minority. As Polish government policies were unfriendly towards minorities, tensions between the Polish government and the Ukrainian population grew, eventually giving rise to the militant underground Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.

Video Title: The Fate of Austrian Galicia. Source: lemkowithhistory / Лемко з історіёв. Date Published: June 5, 2020. Description:

The story of Austrian Galicia is one that few in the english speaking world know about. Find out the living conditioning of the residents in this territory during the 19th century, along with why millions immigrated to the US.

Video Title: The Fog of this Russo-Ukrainian War. Source: lemkowithhistory / Лемко з історіёв. Date Published: February 28, 2022. Description:
A short speech on the west's failure in the current Russo-Ukrainian war, and the misinformation that plagues the airwaves.