• "The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine" by Serhii Plokhy

    Serhii Plokhy's latest book, "The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine," is now available. Published on December 1, 2015, it has received the praise of numerous editorial reviewers.

  • Conference: Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe

    All are welcome to attend the Medieval Eastern Europe conference on Friday, April 8, 2016. During the conference, scholars of Medieval Eastern Europe will give presentations on a range of topics, from Viking exploration to religious pilgrimage. The event is cosponsored bythe Committee on Medieval Studies, the Early Slavists Seminar (Davis Center), the Early Slavic Studies Association, the Harvard Extension School, and HURI.

  • Families of Power in 18th Century Ukraine: John LeDonne on Hetmanate Genealogy

    On Monday, April 25 at 4:15, HURI’s Seminar in Ukrainian Studies features historian John LeDonne. His talk, Hetmans and Regimental Colonels in the Eighteenth-Century Hetmanate: Genealogies and Integration, will be of particular interest to those seeking to know more about 18th century Ukrainian and Russian history. The event is co-sponsored by the Historians’ Seminar at the Davis Center. HURI sat down with LeDonne for a brief overview of the topic.

  • Iryna Vushko on Political Elites in the Transition from Empire to States

    Iryna Vushko, an assistant professor of history at Hunter College in New York, joins HURI's weekly Seminar in Ukrainian Studies on September 26, 2016. During her talk, she'll present information from her newly completed book, The Lost Fatherland: Europeans between Empire and Nation States,1900-1939. All are welcome to attend the seminar.

  • Mapping Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus (in Ukrainian)


    Монографія Кристияна Раффенспергера «Родинні узи: Генеалогічні зв'язки та династичні шлюби в Київській Русі»

    Європейська орієнтація завжди була наріжним каменем української незалежності. Це визнавали (принаймні, на рівні декларацій) усі українські президенти та уряди. Не дарма ж каталізатором і головним рушієм двох останніх українських революцій була саме ця ідея належності до спільної європейської цивілізації. Але наскільки бажання нинішніх українців узгоджується з їхнім історичним досвідом? Або, попросту кажучи, чи були ми колись «Європою»?

  • Reflections on 25th Anniversary of Independence

    Twenty-five years ago, Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union, adopting an Act which established it as a separate state. Since then, August 24th has been celebrated in Ukraine as Independence Day, marking a significant event in the political life of the country.

    In light of the 25-year anniversary, several students from this year's Harvard Ukrainian Summer School class have offered their reflections on what the commemoration means, how Ukraine has changed, and where it's heading.

  • The Future of the Past: New Perspectives on Ukrainian History

    HURI Publications is pleased to announce that The Future of the Past: New Perspectives on Ukrainian History, edited by Serhii Plokhy, is now available.

    This collection of essays proposes to rethink the meaning of Ukrainian history by venturing outside the boundaries established by the national paradigm, and demonstrating how research on the history of Ukraine can benefit from both regional and global perspectives. 

  • The Man with the Poison Gun: Q&A with Serhii Plokhii

    The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story, Serhii Plokhy’s latest publication, tells the captivating story of Bohdan Stashinsky, a KGB assassin who eventually defected to the West. The product of meticulous archival research, the book sheds new light on this thrilling real-life drama.

    While there are good reasons to associate a KGB assassin with a cold-blooded killer, Stashinsky’s path to that role was far more complicated and tragic. Forced to cooperate in order to save his family from arrest, he agreed to be a KGB informant and was subsequently groomed to serve as an assassin.

    We sat down with Serhii Plokhy to ask him a few questions about the book, his research process, and the interesting surprises he uncovered.

  • Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus’

    HURI Publications is pleased to announce that Dr. Christian Raffensperger’s book, Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus’, is now available. The book is part of the Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies. This volume makes a unique contribution to our understanding of Medieval Europe and Kyivan Rus’. With over 22 genealogical charts, the book provides an unprecedented resource for study into the dynastic marriages between royal families of Rus’ and of kingdoms throughout the rest of Europe.

  • Ukrainian History in English Newspapers: Insights from Yaroslav Fedoruk

    On Monday, October 17, 2016, HURI USF Fellow Dr. Yaroslav Fedoruk will offer a glimpse into his research during our weekly seminar series. The talk, entitled "Ukraine in English Newspapers (1654–57)" takes place at 4:15pm in room S-050 in CGIS South. All are welcome to attend.

    Although English newspapers of the mid-seventeenth century offer important information about Ukrainian history, Dr. Fedoruk observed that they remain almost unknown source to the historians. Nobody knows exactly what kind of information on Ukraine newspapers had in them, where this news came from, and how it entered England. In comparison to Ukrainian studies on French or German newspapers of the time (Ilko Borshchak, Yurii Mytsyk, and others), the usage of English periodicals as a source of study in the history of Ukraine and its neighbors has been almost neglected.

  • Ukrainian Version of 'Gates of Europe' Dedicated to 25th Anniversary of Independence

    Twenty-five years ago, Ukraine took a monumental step in its history, declaring independence from the USSR on August 24, 1991. Since then, the country has wrestled with its past, its future, and competing images of its national identity. Now—especially given the turbulence of recent events in Crimea—understanding the fullness of the country’s history is essential for Ukrainians, policy-makers, and scholars abroad.

    Serhii Plokhy’s Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine is one resource offering a new history that helps unpack Ukraine's current events and now, not quite a year after its debut in English, the book has been translated into Ukrainian. 

  • War and Theater: Oksana Dudko on Lviv Theater Artists During WWI

    On Monday, March 21, HURI's Seminar in Ukrainian Studies features Oksana Dudko, Shklar/USF Fellow, and her insights into the effect of WWI on the lives and activities of theater artists. HURI sat down with Dudko for a preview of her talk, entitled “Between Art, Politics, and Survival: Lviv Theater Artists in the Time of the First World War,” and for more information about her research.


    У листопаді 2013 р. в Гарвардському університеті (США) пройшла наукова конференція під назвою «Quo Vadis Ukrainian History? Assessing the State of the Field. («Де ти йдеш, українська історіє? Оцінка стану української історіографії»). Вона була присвячена не лише проблемам сучасної української історичної науки і завданням, що стоять нею, але й перспективам її розвитку. Мова також йшла про принципи й методологію досліджень історичних джерел та проблеми, які сьогодні постаютьперед істориками України при висвітленні історичних подій. Річ у тім, що донедавна деякі західні науковці взагалі ставили під сумнів саму ідею існування такоїдисципліни, як «історія України». Вони воліли розглядати минуле країни лише в контексті історії тих імперій, до складу яких в той чи інший час входила Україна. Але й етноцентричний погляд на історію, і досі популярний в Україні, як виявилося, не завжди пасує до умов ХХІ-го століття.

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