A History of Ukraine

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University of Toronto Press, 1996 - History - 784 pages
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In 1988, the first edition of Orest Subtelny's Ukraine was published to international acclaim, as the definitive history of what was at that time a republic in the USSR. In the years since, the world has seen the dismantling of the Soviet bloc and the restoration of Ukraine's independence ? an event celebrated by Ukrainians around the world but which also heralded a time of tumultuous change for those in the homeland.

While previous updates brought readers up to the year 2000, this new fourth edition includes an overview of Ukraine's most recent history, focusing on the dramatic political, socio-economic, and cultural changes that occurred during the Kuchma and Yushchenko presidencies. It analyzes political developments ? particularly the so-called Orange Revolution ? and the institutional growth of the new state. Subtelny examines Ukraine's entry into the era of globalization, looking at social and economic transformations, regional, ideological, and linguistic tensions, and describes the myriad challenges currently facing Ukrainian state and society.

Although the new state of Ukraine came into being only in 1991 as one of many formed in the wake of the Revolution of 1989, it was hardly a new country. Yet what the world has generally known of Ukraine seems to be associated primarily with relatively recent tragedies - Chornobyl in 1986, Babi Yar in 1941, the great famine of 1933, and the pogroms of 1919. But there is more to Ukrainian history than tragedy in the modern era and, indeed, more to Ukraine than Ukrainians.

Until now, most histories of Ukraine have been histories of the Ukrainian people alone. While this book traces in detail the evolution of the Ukrainians, Paul Robert Magocsi attempts to give judicious treatment as well to other peoples and cultures that developed within the borders of Ukraine, including the Crimean Tatars, Poles, Russians, Germans, Jews, Mennonites, Greeks, and Romanians, all of whom form an essential part of Ukraine's history.

A History of Ukraine has been designed as a textbook for use by teachers and students in areas such as history, political science, religious history, geography, and Slavic and East European Studies. Presented in ten sections of roughly five chapters each, it proceeds chronologically from the first millennium before the common era to the declaration of Ukrainian independence in 1991. Each section provides a balanced discussion of political, economic, and cultural developments; each chapter ends with a summary of the significant issues discussed. The whole is complemented by forty-two maps and twenty tables. Featured are sixty-seven 'text inserts' that include excerpts from important documents and contemporary descriptions as well as vivid explanations of specific events, concepts, and historiographic problems. Students will also benefit from the extensive essay on further reading that provides bibliographic direction for each of the sections in the book.

 

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Contents

Ukraines Geographic and Ethnolinguistic Setting
3
Historical Perceptions
12
The Steppe Hinterland and the Black Sea Cities
25
The Slavs and the Khazars
36
The Rise of Kievan Rus
51
Political Consolidation and Disintegration
65
Socioeconomic and Cultural Developments
83
GaliciaVolhynia
114
The Ukrainian National Renaissance in Dnieper Ukraine
351
The Ukrainian National Movement in Dnieper Ukraine
365
The Administrative and Social Structure of Ukrainian Lands
385
The Ukrainian National Awakening in the Austrian Empire
397
The Revolution of 1848
406
The Administrative and Socioeconomic Structure of Ukrainian
417
The Ukrainian National Movement in AustriaHungary
436
World War I and Western Ukraine
461

Lithuania and the Union with Poland
127
Socioeconomic Developments
138
The Orthodox Cultural Revival
151
Reformation Counter Reformation and the Union of Brest
160
The Tatars and the Cossacks
170
Khmelnytskyi and the Revolution of 1648
195
Muscovy and the Agreement of Pereiaslav
207
The Period of Ruin
217
The Structure of the Cossack State
229
Mazepa and the Great Northern War
238
Socioeconomic and Cultural Developments in the Cossack State
249
Ukrainian Autonomy in the Russian Empire
263
Centralization and the end of Ukrainian autonomy
277
Religious and Cultural Developments
283
The Right Bank and Western Ukraine
290
Administrative and Political Developments in Dnieper Ukraine
305
Socioeconomic Developments in Dnieper Ukraine
316
The Peoples of Dnieper Ukraine
331
Memories of the shtetl
339
Revolutions in the Russian Empire
468
The Period of the Hetmanate
488
The Directory Civil War and the Bolsheviks
494
The West Ukrainian National Republic
512
The Postwar Treaties and the Division of Ukrainian Lands
523
The Struggle for Autonomy
529
Economic Political and Cultural Integration
548
Minority Peoples in Soviet Ukraine
572
Ukrainian Lands in Interwar Poland
583
Ukrainian Lands in Interwar Romania and Czechoslovakia
599
The Coming of World War II
611
World War II and Nazi German Rule
622
Soviet Ukraine until the Death of Stalin
638
From Stalin to Brezhnev
652
From Devolution to Independence
666
NOTES
677
FOR FURTHER READING
685
INDEX
727
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Paul Robert Magocsi is a professor in the Department of History and the Department of Political Science and the chair of the Ukrainian Studies Program at the University of Toronto.

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