• Valentyna Molotkina
Keywords: magazine edition, periodic edition, periodicals, magazine, publishing houses, the policy of ukrainisation


This article analyses the publication and functioning peculiarities of the bookish periodicals in the 20s of the 20th century in the context of social and cultural background of that period. It was estimated that bibliography was one of the branches which had not been influenced by the propaganda. There are several bibliographical issues that give us opportunity to recreate the history of the national publishing business: «Knyha» (Kharkiv, 1923-1924), «Bibliolohichni visti» (Kyiv, 1923-1930), «Litopys ukraiinskoho druku» (Kharkiv, 1924-1930) etc. These magazines were universal. They contained different kinds of information, including bibliographical and critic reviews of the new literature as well as articles devoted to the book’s history and current state of publishing business in Ukraine. In the 1920s all these bookish and bibliographical periodicals reflected the achievements of the Ukrainian scholars and practitioners, contributed to the development of bookish, bibliographical and related to them branches, professional skills enhancement of the experts on these fields, solving of theoretical, organizational and methodical problems of the publishing
business. These journals also contained chronicle materials about publishing houses activity in Ukraine.


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Author Biography

Valentyna Molotkina

Molotkina Valentyna Kostiantynivna – Doctor of History, professor, dean of the Department of History and Culture of Ukraine of State Higher Educational Establishment «Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda State Pedagogical University»

How to Cite
Molotkina, V. (2018). BOOKISH PERIODICALS OF THE SOVIET UKRAINE IN THE 1920S. Scientific Notes on Ukrainian History, (43), 107-111. Retrieved from