The Ukrainians Unexpected Nation As in many postcommunist states politics in Ukraine revolves around the issue of national identity Ukrainian nationalists see themselves as one of the world s oldest and most civilized peoples as ol

  • Title: The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation
  • Author: Andrew Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780300093094
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • As in many postcommunist states, politics in Ukraine revolves around the issue of national identity Ukrainian nationalists see themselves as one of the world s oldest and most civilized peoples, as older brothers to the younger Russian culture Yet Ukraine became independent only in 1991, and Ukrainians often feel like a minority in their own country, where Russian is sAs in many postcommunist states, politics in Ukraine revolves around the issue of national identity Ukrainian nationalists see themselves as one of the world s oldest and most civilized peoples, as older brothers to the younger Russian culture Yet Ukraine became independent only in 1991, and Ukrainians often feel like a minority in their own country, where Russian is still the main language heard on the streets of the capital, Kiev This book is a comprehensive guide to modern Ukraine and to the versions of its past propagated by both Russians and Ukrainians Andrew Wilson provides the most acute, informed, and up to date account available of the Ukrainians and their country.Concentrating on the complex relation between Ukraine and Russia, the book begins with the myth of common origin in the early medieval era, then looks closely at the Ukrainian experience under the tsars and Soviets, the experience of minorities in the country, and the path to independence in 1991 Wilson also considers the history of Ukraine since 1991 and the continuing disputes over identity, culture, and religion He examines the economic collapse under the first president, Leonid Kravchuk, and the attempts at recovery under his successor, Leonid Kuchma Wilson explores the conflicts in Ukrainian society between the country s Eurasian roots and its Western aspirations, as well as the significance of the presidential election of November 1999.About the Author Andrew Wilson is lecturer in Ukrainian studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London.

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    1. Ok, I love history, I get all excited about history books, especially about this part of the world. But I even found myself counting the number of pages till the end of some of the chapters. Its a deep inspection of Ukraine, which is great, but its also at time boring for people who love this subject, which may make it hard for someone who is not as interested to start reading it.

    2. An interesting history of the Ukrainian people and nation, throughout all the turmoil and difficulties of not only the twentieth century but before that too. His scope (from antiquity to the present, post-Soviet Ukraine: one half of the book is dedicated to post 1991 Ukraine)is far-reaching and well-researched. One of its greatest merit lies in that it offers an "outsider's" perspective to the traditional approaches to Ukrainian history - either a strongly nationalistic one or a "Russocentric" o [...]

    3. First let me gasp from joy: ahahahahahah! Everything about Ukraine's history, its myths, its truths, its lies, its all n all. A wondrous exposé of everything you want to know. The treatment is pretty fair towards Russia which is not needlessly critizised throughout but the approach is pro-Ukraine at the core. Therefore, if you entertain pro-Ukraine sentiments in your heart of hearts, this is a book designed to make you have a good good time. Expensive (1100 руб, дом книги) but printe [...]

    4. Wilson's assessment of identity in Ukraine often matched my own experiences here. The first chapters are somewhat dry, especially for anyone without a scholarly interest in identity politics, but the later sections are fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on politics since independence. There was a point in my reading where I stopped and thought to myself, "Wow, I live in a state where kleptokrats routinely jossle for control of the political apparatus and related goods/resources. How [...]

    5. Finally a book that is not monological, but trying to give a voice to Ukrainians and Russians as well instead of solely depicting Russia as a devil.Very balanced and objective view on the history of Ukraine.

    6. This highly detailed history has brought the current situation into better perspective. Now I understand how and why Putin took Crimea; it was almost predictable, given the history. Ukraine is a nation of dueling dichotomies!

    7. This was a very interesting overview of the history of Ukraine; the idea and its people. There were some parts that were overly detailed and dry but on the whole a very good overview.

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