Olena Palko / Manuel Férez Gil (eds.), „Ukraine’s Many Faces: Land, People, and Culture Revisited“

Russia’s large-scale invasion on the 24th of February 2022 once again made Ukraine the focus of world media. Behind those headlines remain the complex developments in Ukraine’s history, national identity, culture and society. Addressing readers from diverse backgrounds, this volume approaches the history of Ukraine and its people through primary sources, from the early modern period to the present. Each document is followed by an essay written by an expert on the period, and a conversational piece touching on the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine. In this ground-breaking collection, Ukraine’s history is sensitively accounted for by scholars inviting the readers to revisit the country’s history and culture.

With a foreword by Olesya Khromeychuk.

Endorsements“The thought-provoking contributions in this volume will clarify some of the unfamiliar pages of Ukrainian history and identity. They shed light on the origins of the complex identity of Ukraine, its imperial past, the contradictions of the interwar Soviet period, and the present, showing that modern war is not accidental or caused by the sick imagination of one person. The reader has the opportunity to see in the actions of the Russian aggressor a kind of attempt to reconstruct the Soviet period of nation-building in Ukraine during the interwar period, to understand the reaction of the Ukrainian people as another attempt to protect its independence and freedom.” (Olga Ryabchenko, Professor, Head of the Department of World History at the H. Skovoroda Kharkiv National University and Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge)

“There is no other comparable publication on Ukraine with this specific methodological approach. Ukraine, its history and present, has to be (re)introduced to anglophone Non-Ukrainians ‒ and this not only in the light of the ongoing Russian war of aggression against this largest country of Europe but with regard to Ukraine as a sui generis case of European-type statehood and national identity. Each of the three sections is divided into ›primary sources‹, ›conversation pieces‹ and ›analytical articles‹. A particular strength are the ›conversation pieces‹ in the three section is the didactic value of the book. This makes it also an excellent textbook for highschool and university teaching.” (Stefan Troebst, Professor of East European Cultural History, Leipzig University, former Deputy Director of the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East-Central Europe, GWZO)

Overview Chapters




    Timeline of Ukrainian History

    Foreword. Where is Ukraine?

    Introduction. Ukraine’s Many Faces

    Primary Sources

    Ukrainian Draft Treaty of 1654

    To My Fellow-Countrymen, In Ukraine and Not in Ukraine, Living, Dead and as Yet Unborn

    Bohdan Khmelnytsky’s Entry to Kyiv in 1649 (1912)

    Conversation Pieces

    Revealing Pan-Slavic Russian Imperialism

    Ukrainian History through Literature

    Analytical Articles

    Between East and West: Understanding Early Modern Ukraine

    Between Empires: Ukraine in the Nineteenth Century

    Jews in Habsburg Galicia: Challenges of Modernity

    Grain, Coal, and Gas. Ukraine’s Economy since the Eighteenth Century

    II. Ukrainian Selfhood in the Soviet Era

    Ukrainian Declaration of Independence (1918)

    Letter from the Collective Farmer Mykola Reva to Joseph Stalin about the Famine of 1933 in Ukraine

    Fedir Krychevsky, Life Triptych (1925)

    Ukraine: Between Empires and National Self- Determination

    The Ukrainian Revolution, the Bolsheviks, and the Inertia of Empire

    The Territory of Ukraine and Its History

    Constructing Ethnic Identities in Early Soviet Ukraine

    Street Children in Early Soviet Odesa

    Selfhood and Statehood in Interwar Ukraine: Inventing the “New Man”

    Stalinism and The Holodomor

    Ukrainian Greek Catholics in Search of Ancestry, Belonging, and Identity

    Crimean Tatars: Claiming the Homeland

    III. Sovereignty Regained: Ukraine in the Post-Soviet Age

    Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine (1990)

    Home is still possible there…

    Matvey Vaisberg, The Wall [Stina] (2014)

    Between the Holodomor and Euromaidan: In Search of Contemporary Ukrainian National Identity

    Ukraine: Between National Security and the Rule of Law

    Society in Turbulent Times: The Impact of War on Ukraine

    Competing Identities of Ukraine’s Russian Speakers

    The Donbas: A Region and a Myth

    Towards Gender Equality in the Ukrainian Society

    The Art of Misunderstanding

    The Territory Resists the Map

    Afterword. Let Ukraine Speak

    Integrating Scholarship on Ukraine into Classroom Syllabi

    Contributing Authors

25 July 2023, 402 pages

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