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National Inventivity and Its Significance in the Ukrainian Identity Formation

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Diedush Oleksii
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Diedush O. (2022) National Inventivity and Its Significance in the Ukrainian Identity Formation. Folk Art and Ethnology, 3 (395), 95–101.


Diedush Oleksii

a Ph.D. in History, a junior research fellow at the Archival Scientific Funds of Manuscripts and Audio-Recordings Department of the NAS of Ukraine Maksym Rylskyi Institute of Art Studies, Folkloristics and Ethnology. ORCID:


National Inventivity and Its Significance in the Ukrainian
Identity Formation



The phenomenon of national inventivity is considered in the article. It is a complex of ideas and technological inventions that prove historical uniqueness or temporal innovation of Ukrainian nation among other national communities. The national inventivity demonstrates obviously national achievements of a certain nation and it stands out as a powerful generator of national pride and identity. Own typology of the objects of national inventivity and the correlation of each type with its popularity and spread in the mass consciousness are submitted. Because of the symbolic potential, manipulations with this category carries significant risks for use in propaganda, as it has been in the first half of the twentieth century, and is happening now in Russian aggressive autocracy. Certain exaggerations and ambiguous interpretations of the primacy or uniqueness of Ukrainian innovative ideas and inventions still occur not only in the media and social networks, but also in scientific published works. However, in order to claim adequately the entire inventive heritage on the world stage, Ukrainian society have to describe the contribution to the ideological and technological development truthfully and clearly.



national identity, national inventivity, national idea, historical memory, nation formation.



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