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

October 13, 2015
The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine book cover

The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine book cover

A new book by Serhii Plokhii, The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine is now available!


Publication: December 1st, 2015 by Basic Books.

Hardcover, 352 pages
ISBN 0465050913 (ISBN13: 9780465050918)

Penguin Books UK

“From award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy, The Gates of Europe is the definitive history of Ukraine that helps us understand the country's past and the current crisis”

Andrew Wilson, Professor of Ukrainian Studies at University College London

“Serhii Plokhy has produced a perfect new history of Ukraine for these troubled times—authoritative and innovative, but always clear and accessible, and a delight to read.”

Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University

“For a comprehensive, engaging, and up-to-date history of Ukraine one could do no better than Serhii Plokhy’s aptly titled The Gates of Europe. Plokhy’s authoritative study will be of great value to scholars, students, policy-makers, and the informed public alike in making sense of the contemporary Ukrainian imbroglio.”

John Herbst, former US Ambassador to Ukraine

“Serhii Plokhy offers a short yet comprehensive history of Ukraine that contextualizes Mr. Putin’s current policies as aggression against the wishes of the Ukrainian people, as well as the order established at the end of the Cold War. A pleasure to read, The Gates of Europe will take those familiar with the Moscow narrative on a mind expanding tour of Ukraine’s past.”

Michael Ignatieff, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

“This is present-minded history at its most urgent. Anyone wanting to understand why Russia and the West confront each other over the future of Ukraine will want to read Serhii Plokhy's reasoned, measured yet passionate account of Ukraine's historic role at the gates of Europe.”

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