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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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Editorial Reviews

Winnipeg Free Press - Steve Pona

'An academic masterwork that spans two and a half millennia - through the rise of the Kievan Rus, the Cossacks, communism and the crimes of the pogroms and collectivization, to glasnost and the heady days of independence in 1991. The book brims with maps statistical tables and translations.'

Zdorov! - Nestor Gula

'It's a thick but welcome addition to your bookshelf. It should even settle a few arguments with your father-in-law, much to his shock and amazement.'

Journal of Ukrainian Studies - Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

'Professor Magocsi overcame these [problems associated with writing history texts and still other difficulties extremely well, indeed at times brilliantly. His forty-two unobtrusive, usually page-long maps establish a better graphic setting for history than any other textbook I am acquainted with, thus confirming the distinction the author had already earned with his historical atlases. A remarkable, quite unusual, and very successful aspect of the book is the daring inclusion right in the text (although on a distinctive light grey rather than white background) of numerous documents, eyewitness accounts, and other primary sources as well as occasionally some more specialized explanatory material. The marvel is how well these insertions blend with the basic narrative and support it.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802078209
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 880
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.73 (h) x 2.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Robert Magocsi, FRSC, is professor of history and political science and holds the chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Maps
1 Ukraine's Geographic and Ethnolinguistic Setting 3
2 Historical Perceptions 12
3 The Steppe Hinterland and the Black Sea Cities 25
4 The Slavs and the Khazars 36
5 The Rise of Kievan Rus' 51
6 Political Consolidation and Disintegration 65
7 Socioeconomic and Cultural Developments 83
8 The Mongols and the Transformation of Rus' Political Life 105
9 Galicia-Volhynia 114
10 Lithuania and the Union with Poland 127
11 Socioeconomic Developments 138
12 The Orthodox Cultural Revival 151
13 Reformation, Counter Reformation, and the Union of Brest 160
14 The Tatars and the Cossacks 170
15 Khmel'nyts'kyi and the Revolution of 1648 195
16 Muscovy and the Agreement of Pereiaslav 207
17 The Period of Ruin 217
18 The Structure of the Cossack State 229
19 Mazepa and the Great Northern War 238
20 Socioeconomic and Cultural Developments in the Cossack State 249
21 Ukrainian Autonomy in the Russian Empire 263
22 Socioeconomic Developments in the Hetmanate 277
23 Religious and Cultural Developments 283
24 The Right Bank and Western Ukraine 290
25 Administrative and Political Developments in Dnieper Ukraine 305
26 Socioeconomic Developments in Dnieper Ukraine 316
27 The Peoples of Dnieper Ukraine 331
28 The Ukrainian National Renaissance in Dnieper Ukraine before the 1860s 351
29 The Ukrainian National Movement in Dnieper Ukraine after the Era of Reforms 365
30 The Administrative and Social Structure of Ukrainian Lands in the Austrian Empire before 1848 385
31 The Ukrainian National Awakening in the Austrian Empire before 1848 397
32 The Revolution of 1848 406
33 The Administrative and Socioeconomic Structure of Ukrainian Lands in the Austrian Empire, 1849-1914 417
34 The Ukrainian National Movement in Austria-Hungary, 1849-1914 436
35 World War I and Western Ukraine 461
36 Revolutions in the Russian Empire 468
37 The Period of the Hetmanate 488
38 The Directory, Civil War, and the Bolsheviks 494
39 The West Ukrainian National Republic 512
40 The Postwar Treaties and the Division of Ukrainian Lands 523
41 Soviet Ukraine: The Struggle for Autonomy 529
42 Soviet Ukraine: Economic, Political, and Cultural Integration 548
43 Minority Peoples in Soviet Ukraine 572
44 Ukrainian Lands in Interwar Poland 583
45 Ukrainian Lands in Interwar Romania and Czechoslovakia 599
46 The Coming of World War II 611
47 World War II and Nazi German Rule 622
48 Soviet Ukraine until the Death of Stalin 638
49 From Stalin to Brezhnev 652
50 From Devolution to Independence 666
Notes 677
For Further Reading 685
Index 727
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