• The Future of the Past: New Perspectives on Ukrainian History (edited by Serhii Plokhy)

    Ukraine finds itself in the middle of the worst international crisis in East-West relations since the times of the Cold War, and history is once again a battleground in Russia-Ukraine relations. Can history and historical narratives be blamed for what has happened in the region, or can they show the path to peace and reconciliation and help to integrate the history of the region in the broader European context? The essays collected here help to answer these questions. They propose 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. This volume shows how the study of Ukraine’s past enhances our understanding of European, Eurasian, and world history.

    Liliya Berezhnaya, Heather Coleman, Marta Dyczok, Mayhill C. Fowler, Andrea Graziosi, Faith Hillis, Georgiy Kasianov and Oleksii Tolochko, Zenon E. Kohut, Volodymyr Kravchenko, Hiroaki Kuromiya, George O. Liber, Paul Robert Magocsi, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Serhii Plokhy, Alfred J. Rieber, Steven Seegel, Tatiana Tairova-Yakovleva, Mark von Hagen, Iryna Vushko, Larry Wolff.

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  • Peasants, Power, and Place (by Mark R. Baker)

    Peasants, Power, and Place is the first English-language book to focus on Ukrainian-speaking peasants during the revolutionary period from 1914 to 1921. In contrast to the many studies written from the perspectives of the Ukrainian national movement’s leaders or the Bolsheviks or urban workers, this book portrays this period of war, revolution, and civil war from the viewpoints of the villagers—the overwhelming majority of the population of what became Ukraine.

    Utilizing previously unavailable archival documents, Mark R. Baker opens a unique and neglected window into the tumultuous events of those years in Ukraine and across the crumbling Russian Empire. One of Baker’s key arguments is that the peasants of Kharkiv province thought of themselves primarily as members of their particular village communities, and not as members of any nation or class—ideas to which peasants were only then being introduced. Thus this study helps to move the historiography beyond the narrow and ideologized categories created during the Cold War and still employed today. Readers will gain a broader understanding of the ways in which the majority of the population experienced these crucial years in Ukraine’s history.

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  • Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus’ (by Christian Raffensperger)

    The warp and weft of political and social relationships among the medieval elite were formed by marriages made between royal families. Ties of Kinship establishes a new standard for tracking the dynastic marriages of the ruling family of Rus´— the descendants of Volodimer (Volodimeroviči). Utilizing a modern scholarly approach and a broad range of primary sources from inside and outside Rus´, Raffensperger has created a fully realized picture of the Volodimeroviči from the tenth through the twelfth centuries and the first comprehensive, scholarly treatment of the subject in English.

    Alongside twenty-two genealogical charts with accompanying bibliographic information, this work presents an analysis of the Volodimeroviči dynastic marriages with modern interpretations and historical contextualization that highlights the importance of Rus´ in a medieval European framework. This study will be used by Slavists, Byzantinists, and West European medievalists as the new baseline for research on the Volodi¬meroviči and their complex web of relationships with the world beyond.

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    Praise for Ties of Kinship

    Christian Raffensperger gives us a book that has been needed for generations. Anyone who has ventured into the Kyivan chronicles and other Rusian and western medieval sources immediately becomes disheartened by the maze of names and marriages of the Volodimeroviči. Not anymore, thanks to this book. But Ties of Kinship is more than a reference work; it is an erudite and ambitious work of interpretive historical scholarship that offers a source-based glimpse of how the Kyivan polity fit into a much broader social and political medieval European world. Anyone interested in Rusian history or medieval Europe will find this work indispensable.

    --Russell E. Martin, Westminster College

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  • The World to Come: Ukrainian Images of the Last Judgment (by Liliya Berezhnaya and John-Paul Himka)

    Icons and murals depicting the biblical scene of the Last Judgment are found in many Eastern-rite churches in medieval and early modern Ukraine and date from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. These images were extraordinarily elaborate, composed of dozens of discrete elements reflecting Byzantine, Novgorodian, Moldavian, and Catholic influences, in addition to local and regional traditions. Over time, the details of the iconography evolved in response to changing regional cultural resources, the conditions of material life at the time, and new trends in mentality and taste.

    This catalog lists and describes more than eighty Last Judgment images from present-day Ukraine, eastern Slovakia, and southeastern Poland, making it the fullest compilation of its kind. Photographs show overviews and details of the images, and most are printed in full color. The icons and murals provide a valuable source of knowledge about the culture in which they were created: what was meant by good and evil, what was prophesied for the future, and what awaited in the afterlife.

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  • Harvard Ukrainian Studies,, vols. 32-33 (2011-2014)

    ЖНИВА: Essays Presented in Honor of George G. Grabowicz on His Seventieth Birthday, edited by Roman Koropeckyj, Maxim Tarnawsky, and Taras Koznarsky

    This special issue contains 49 essays in tribute to Grabowicz's distinguished contribution to the field of Ukrainian studies, and itself provides an exemplary overview of the state of the field at present.

    Fifty scholars from Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Canada, and the United States examine a range of subjects that reflect Grabowicz' own interests: the contested legacy of Kyivan Rus´; the cultural intersections of the early modern period; the gradual but persistent articulation of a national discourse in the new imperial reality culminating in the defining figure of Shevchenko; the vagaries of the long nineteenth century; twentieth-century modernism, ideology, scholarship; and Ukraine's intellectual positioning in today's world. A full bibliography and biographical sketch based on interviews with the honoree complete the collection.

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  • The Crimea Question (by Gwendolyn Sasse)

    Crimea's multiethnicity is the most colorful and politically relevant expression of Ukraine's regional diversity. History, memory, and myth are deeply inscribed in Crimea's landscape. These cultural and institutional echoes from different historical periods have played a crucial role in post-Soviet Ukraine. In the early to mid-1990s, the Western media, policymakers, and academics alike warned that Crimea was a potential center of unrest and instability in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's dissolution. However, large-scale conflict in Crimea did not materialize, and Kyiv has managed to integrate the peninsula into the new Ukrainian polity. This book traces the imperial legacies, in particular identities and institutions of the Russian and Soviet period, and post-Soviet transition politics. Both frame Crimea's potential for conflict and the dynamics of conflict prevention. As a critical case in which conflict did not erupt despite a structural predisposition to ethnic, regional, and even international enmity, the Crimea question is located in the larger context of conflict and conflict-prevention studies.

    Praise for The Crimea Question

    "An unstable brew of ethnic, regional, and international disputes, Crimea is the post-Soviet crisis that has never happened; a critical case for those who seek to understand why states hold together and why violent conflicts do or do not materialize.  Gwendolyn Sasse's superb analysis of this complex arena reveals the historical, cultural, and institutional roots of Ukraine's "Crimean Question" and demonstrates how elite bargaining has proven critical to the process by which these conflicts have been managed."
    --Mark R. Beissinger, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

    "As the Crimea enters a new crisis Dr. Sasse's book helps readers look back calmly. Based on meticulous field research and archival scholarship, she furnishes a crisply composed political history, free of polemic, from Tsarist and Soviet times. The trajectory of the Crimean Tatars is nowhere handled so accessibly in English language scholarship. The central puzzle of post-Soviet times, why Russian irredentism remained so quiescent for so long, is posed and illuminated. Indispensable."
    --Brendan O'Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

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