Anatoliy Melnychuk


Historical heraldic symbols as a marker of reproducing and transforming regional identity: The case of Ukraine

Oleksiy Gnatiuk, Anatoliy Melnychuk

Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 4, pp. 589-607 | Full text

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This paper demonstrates a way to examine the transformation of the territorial shape of the region. The official symbols (flags and emblems) of modern administrative units of Ukraine were analyzed for the usage of heraldic symbols of historical regions that lost their administrative status a century before. The results confirm more or less constant symbolic reproduction of historical regions, but their spatial shapes has changed under the influence of new administrative boundaries. Simultaneously, in certain cases historical heraldry loses its former meaning and is involved into the development and strengthening of identities with new administrative regions rather than historical ones.

Keywords: transformation of the identity of a region, territorial shape of the region, heraldic symbols, historical regions, administrative reform, Ukraine

Oleksiy Gnatiuk [], Department of Economic and Social Geography, Faculty of Geography Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv 60 Volodymyrska Street, 01033 Kyiv: Ukraine
Anatoliy Melnychuk [], Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Volodymyrska Street 64/13, 01601, Kyiv: Ukraine