Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
Founded in June 1973, Harvard University’s Ukrainian Research Institute serves as a focal point for graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research in Ukrainian language, literature, and history as well as in anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, political science, sociology, theology, and other disciplines.
The Institute’s publications program collaborates with other centers at Harvard and elsewhere, with partners as diverse as the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard and the Institute for Oriental Studies in Kyiv. The program has an ongoing collaboration with Krytyka Press, a non-profit scholarly press in Kyiv, and also acts as the formal United States representative for the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) Press, which is based in Toronto.
The Institute has become the major Ukrainian studies publisher in the United States, and provides editorial and intellectual standards for the conduct of Ukrainian studies internationally.
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Above and Beyond: From Soviet General to Ukrainian State Builder
Morozov provides behind-the-scenes insights on Yeltsin, Kuchma, Dudaev, and other important players still active today. His book will firmly alter our perception of the USSR and its demise, the Soviet military machine, and the rise of a modern, independent Ukraine.
The Slavonic Book of Esther: Text, Lexicon, Linguistic Analysis, Problems of Translation
The Old Testament Book of Esther in Slavonic translation is known from East Slavic manuscripts of the late 14th to the late 16th centuries. Working from the Masoretic Hebrew texts and Greek translations, Horace Lunt and Moshe Taube examine textological clues to the circumstances of Esther’s translation, sources, and redactions.
The Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha: Translated by the Author and James Brasfield
Lysheha is considered the “poets’ poet” of contemporary Ukraine. A dissident and iconoclast, he was forbidden to publish in the USSR from 1972 to 1988. Since then, his reputation has steadily grown to legendary proportions. Collected here are facing-page English and Ukrainian versions of selected poems and a play, Friend Li Po, Brother Tu Fu.
Cultures and Nations of Central and Eastern Europe: Essays in Honor of Roman Szporluk
Written in honor of one of the foremost observers of nationalism and culture in Central and Eastern Europe, this volume brings together 35 eminent scholars from the United States, Canada, Ukraine, and Poland. Supplemented by a bibliography of the work of Roman Szporluk, these fresh, urgent essays mirror Szporluk’s broad and comparativist approach.
The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict
This book explores the factors that led to the largely peaceful integration of Crimea into Ukraine and places the situation in the larger context of conflict-prevention studies, explaining this critical case in which conflict did not erupt despite a structural predisposition to ethnic, regional, and even international enmity.
Hunger by Design: The Great Ukrainian Famine and Its Soviet Context
The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute commemorated the 70th anniversary of the man-made famine inflicted on Ukraine with a 2003 symposium titled “The Ukrainian Terror-Famine of 1932–1933: Revisiting the Issues and the Scholarship Twenty Years after the HURI Famine Project.” This volume contains some of the papers presented there.
The Lords’ Jews: Magnate–Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 18th Century
Rosman shows the influence of the Jews on economic, social, and political life in the Polish, Ukrainian, and Belorussian territories, and offers new perspectives on their relations with magnates. He draws on Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish sources and literature to detail the socioeconomic development of early modern Europe’s largest Jewish community.
Poland Between East and West: The Controversies over Self-Definition and Modernization in Partitioned Poland
Andrzej Walicki examines Poland’s entry into the modern age as it sought to reinvent its concept of nationhood after being partitioned among three of its longtime rivals. He presents new paradigms for understanding the rise and nature of Polish nationalism, the impact of Positivism and Socialism, and the question of integral nationalism.
The Strategic Role of Ukraine: Diplomatic Addresses and Lectures (1944–1997)
This book assesses the period of Ukraine’s rise to importance in the European geostrategic posture. It treats Ukraine’s relations with the U.S., other nations in the region, and Israel; the Chornobyl aftermath; the status of Sevastopol; NATO enlargement; and the question of Ukrainian–Jewish relations.
Trophies of War and Empire: The Archival Heritage of Ukraine, World War II, and the International Politics of Restitution
The foremost authority today on Soviet and post-Soviet archives in Eastern Europe considers the essential problems of Ukrainian archeography.
Tsars and Cossacks: A Study in Iconography
Ukrainian Cossacks used icon painting to investigate their relationship not only with God but also their relationship with the Russian tsar. In this groundbreaking study, Serhii Plokhy examines the political and religious culture of Ukrainian Cossackdom, as reflected in the Cossack-era paintings, icons, and woodcuts.
Alexander A. Potebnja’s Psycholinguistic Theory of Literature: A Metacritical Inquiry
The work of Potebnja, a leading Ukrainian linguist of the nineteenth century, has significantly influenced modern literary criticism, particularly Russian formalism and structuralism. Yet despite his remarkable achievements in linguistics and literary theory, Potebnja’s work was officially renounced in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, and in the West he remains virtually unknown. In his study, John Fizer carefully reconstructs Potebnja’s theory of literature from the psycholinguistic formulations found in his works on language, mythology, and folklore.
The Ukrainian Language in the First Half of the Twentieth Century (1900–1941): Its State and Status
George Shevelov’s book, based on extensive study of factual material, traces the development of Modern Standard Ukrainian in relation to the political, legal, and cultural conditions within each region. It examines the relation of the standard language to the underlying dialects, the ways in which the standard language was enriched, and the complex struggle for the unity of the language and sometimes for its very existence.
By the late nineteenth century Odessa was the most polyglot and cosmopolitan city in the empire. In the first decades of the twentieth century, however, strikes, revolutionary agitation, and pogroms brought about the city’s decline. In this book Patricia Herlihy contrasts Odessa’s rapid development during the nineteenth century with the growing tension within its society up to the First World War.
Republic vs. Autocracy: Poland-Lithuania and Russia, 1686–1697
While Russia was growing stronger in the international sphere, Poland-Lithuania had begun a decline that would eventually lead to the ever-increasing absorption of its territories by its adversaries. This book concentrates on the diplomatic relationship between the two powers as witnessed by the records of the respective offices responsible for foreign affairs. Particular attention is paid to the residences maintained in Warsaw and Moscow.
This 17th-century work by the Frenchman Guillaume Le Vasseur, Sieur de Beauplan is one of the earliest, most colorful West European descriptions of Ukraine and the Cossacks. This volume includes an English translation of the original French text, reproductions of the original illustrations, and an extensive introduction by the translators. A separate box contains a representative selection of Beauplan’s maps of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Economy: Achievements, Problems, Challenges
This collection examines the Ukrainian economy during the late 20th century—a period of epochal change. The papers are divided into five sections: Framework; Resources; Performance; Welfare; and External Relations, and will be of interest both to specialists and to students and others interested in Ukraine today.
David Frick’s biography—the first major English-language work on Smotryc’kyj—examines the ways in which established cultures were altered by cross-cultural understandings and misunderstandings, resulting from the confrontation and mutual adaptation of two or more diverse cultures.
Ukrainian Economic History: Interpretive Essays
This volume contains papers presented at the Third Quinquennial Conference on Ukrainian Economics. It contains 14 essays dealing with the one thousand years of Ukrainian economic history prior to World War I. The contributions are divided into three parts, covering the periods of Kievan Rus’, the 16th and 17th centuries, and the 19th century.
Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest
Crisis and Reform provides an excellent overview of the ecclesiastical structures in Eastern Slavic lands from their Christianization to the late sixteenth century.
Testament to Ruthenian: A Linguistic Analysis of the Smotryc´kyj Variant
Stefan Pugh analyzes the Ruthenian language use of one of its most outstanding practitioners, Meletij Smotryc´kyj (ca. 1578–1633): polemicist, cleric, and scholar. This study will provide the groundwork for the next generation of scholarship on the Ruthenian language.
Kistiakovsky: The Struggle for National and Constitutional Rights in the Last Years of Tsarism
In 1903 Bogdan Kistiakovsky railed against Lenin’s concept of a vanguard party to lead the revolution. His charge was wholly consistent with a life devoted to the development of rule of law in the Russian Empire—a new government based on respect for national minorities, human rights, and constitutional federalism. Susan Heuman’s study shows the fresh urgency of Kistiakovsky’s ideas as Russia, Ukraine, and the other countries of the former Soviet Union seek to establish precisely those values that Kistiakovsky put forth ninety years ago.
Ukrainian Futurism, 1914–1930: A Historical and Critical Study
From its inception just before World War I to its demise during the Stalinist repression of Ukrainian culture in the 1930s, Ukrainian Futurism was much maligned and poorly understood. It has remained so into the late twentieth century. Professor Oleh Ilnytzkyj seeks to rectify the misinterpretations surrounding the Futurists and their leader Mykhail Semenko by providing the first major English-language monograph on this vibrant literary movement and its charismatic leader.
The Origins of the Old Rus´ Weights and Monetary Systems: Two Studies in Western Eurasian Metrology and Numismatics in the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries
In this sweeping and synthesizing work, Professor Omeljan Pritsak charts the influence of Western European, Arabic, Khazaro-Bulgarian, and, later, Byzantine metrological and numismatic systems on the development of these systems in Kyivan Rus´.
A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917–1920
After the fall of the Russian Empire, Jewish and Ukrainian activists worked to overcome mutual antagonism by creating a Ministry of Jewish Affairs in the new Ukrainian state. This experiment ended in failure as violence swept the countryside amidst civil war and foreign intervention. Abramson sheds new light on these events.
The Poet as Mythmaker: A Study of Symbolic Meaning in Taras Ševčenko
This book argues that myth serves as the underlying code and model of Taras Ševčenko’s poetic universe. Examining the structures and paradigms of Ševčenko’s mythical thought provides answers for various crucial and heretofore intractable questions, such as those concerning the relation of his Ukrainian poetry to his Russian prose and more.
Toward a History of Ukrainian Literature
Ukrainian literature, reflecting a turbulent and often discontinuous political and social history, presents special problems to the historian of literature. In this book Grabowicz approaches these problems through a critique of the major non-Soviet position in the field, the History of Ukrainian Literature of the eminent Slavist Dmytro Čyževs’kyj.
Socialism in Galicia: The Emergence of Polish Social Democracy and Ukrainian Radicalism
The linkages between nationalism and socialism and the nature of peasant and artisan politics in East Europe are the fundamental problems engaged by this study of socialism in nineteenth-century Galicia. The origins of the socialist movements lay in democratic national movements formed in response to the introduction of the Austrian constitution.
Josef Dobrovský and the Origins of the Igorʹ Tale
This controversial and groundbreaking book revisits the origins of one of the most beloved works of East Slavic literature, Slovo o polku Igoreve (The Igorʹ Tale). Keenan argues that the text is not an authentic 12th-century document but rather was created by the Bohemian scholar Josef Dobrovský in the late 18th century.
Lviv: A City in the Crosscurrents of Culture
To offer a broad historical and contemporary portrait of the European city Lviv, John Czaplicka has gathered together a wide range of scholars from the areas of historiography, history, art and architectural history, urban planning, literary history and criticism, and cultural history. Known variously over the centuries as Leopolis, Lwów, Lvov, and Lemberg, this city served as laboratory for the forging of modern Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian identities.
Rural Revolutions in Southern Ukraine: Peasants, Nobles, and Colonists, 1774–1905
Leonard Friesen presents a study of the transformation of New Russia—the region north of the Black and Azov seas—from its conquest by the Russian Empire in the late eighteenth century to the revolutionary tumult of 1905. Friesen focuses on the multifaceted relations between the region’s peasants, European colonists, and Russian estate owners.
Ukraine under Western Eyes: The Bohdan and Neonila Krawciw Ucrainica Map Collection
As part of his personal archive, Krawciw’s maps were bequeathed to Harvard University upon his death in 1975. This book serves as both a catalog of his collection and a description of how the maps he collected serve as an invaluable source for Ukraine’s history and a symbol of Ukrainian national identity.
The Ottoman Survey Register of Podolia (ca. 1681), Part One: Defter-i Mufassal-i Eyalet-i Kamaniçe
Ottoman survey registers are unparalleled sources on the demographic, economic, and linguistic characteristics of the regions for which they were made. The register for Kamaniçe is the only surviving survey register of Ukrainian lands. A full transcription of the defter is given in the first part, with a facsimile edition given in the second part.
The Pověst’ vremennykh lět: An Interlinear Collation and Paradosis
The Tale of Bygone Years (Pověst’ vremennykh lět) is the most important source for the history of early Rus’. This massive undertaking provides scholars and general readers with the first fully legible text that includes all of the known redactions of the Pověst’.
Collected Works of Meletij Smotryc’kyi
This volume reproduces in facsimile the original printed editions of eleven of Smotryc’kyj’s most important religious writings, beginning with the famous Threnos (1610) and concluding with Exaethesis (1629). The Introduction surveys the controversial details of Smotryc’kyj’s biography and critically analyzes the corpus of works attributed to him.
The Jevanhelije ucytelnoje of Meletij Smotryc’kyi
Meletij Smotryc’kyj viewed his Homilary Gospel as a crucial requirement for the “spiritual good” of the Ruthenian nation. The work, presented here with the original printed edition, is important as a critical polemical text from the Catholic–Orthodox debate and also as a monument of early Ukrainian literature.
Seventeenth-Century Writings on the Kievan Caves Monastery
The Kievan Caves Monastery played a leading role in developing a Ukrainian historical consciousness in the seventeenth century. Several works written by monastery inhabitants testified not only to the site’s former saints and miracles but also to its current holy men and wonders. This volume contains facsimile reproductions of two such works.
The Diariusz podrozny of Pylyp Orlyk: 1720–1726
Successor to Ivan Mazepa in 1710, Hetman Pylyp Orlyk led the Ukrainians who had emigrated after the Battle of Poltava in the struggle against Russian domination. The present facsimile edition of the Diariusz podrożny, which has never been published in full, constitutes an invaluable guide to Orlyk’s personality, his travels, and his politics.
The Diariusz podrozny of Pylyp Orlyk: 1727–1731
This continuation of Pylyp Orlyk’s Diariusz podrożny encompasses the dramatic years 1727–1731. From his “honorary” confinement in Ottoman Thessalonica, the Ukrainian Hetman-in-exile tried to influence on his behalf the European powers whose representatives were gathered at the Congress of Suissons.
Rus’ Restored: Selected Writings of Meletij Smotryc’kyj (1610–1630)
A prominent religious figure, Meletij Smotryc’kyj was caught up in the struggle between Orthodox and Uniate beliefs. His polemics served as the cornerstone of the Orthodox response to the Polish-Lithuanian Reformation and Counter-Reformation. The works collected here offer unique insight into the elite of early modern Rus’.
The Life of Paisij Velyckovs'kyj
This volume contains the first English translation of Paisij Velyckovs’kyj’s unfinished autobiography, as well as a biography of the elder by his disciple Mytrofan. Tachiaos’s introduction discusses both works against their historical and generic background.
Among the finest products of early Ukrainian literature were the Lives of the first Rus’ saints. Hollingsworth provides a lucid introduction that discusses each saint and his or her cult in the historical as well as social contexts and examines the literary and textual features of the Rus’ vitae.
The Edificatory Prose of Kievan Rusʹ
This volume consists of two of the oldest texts of Kievan Rusʹ: the Izbornik of 1076 and Grigorij the Philosopher’s Homilies on All the Days of the Week. These rhetorically artistic and sophisticated homilies provide a unique picture of an early Kievan preacher and of the moral needs of his Rusʹ audience.
Lev Krevza’s A Defense of Church Unity (1617) and Zaxarija Kopystens’kyj’s Palinodia or Book of Defense of the Holy Apostolic Eastern Catholic Church and Holy Patriarchs (1620–1623), Parts 1 and 2
Krevza’s Defense (1617), on the Uniate side, and Kopystens’kyj’s Palinodia (1621), a defense of the Eastern Church, are perhaps the most illuminating works on the debate that culminated at the time of the Union of Brest (1596), when much of the Ruthenian ecclesiastical hierarchy declared itself in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
Russian Centralism and Ukrainian Autonomy: Imperial Absorption of the Hetmanate, 1760s–1830s
Kohut examines the struggle between Russian centralism and Ukrainian autonomy. He concentrates on the period from the reign of Catherine II, during which Ukrainian institutions were abolished, to the 1830s, when Ukrainian society had been integrated into the imperial system.
Nationbuilding and the Politics of Nationalism: Essays on Austrian Galicia
Throughout the nineteenth century the province of Galicia was noted for political conflicts and the cultural vibrancy of its three major national groups: Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews. This volume brings together for the first time eleven essays on various aspects of the last seventy-five years of Austrian Galicia’s existence.
The Great War of Bohdan Xmel’nyc’kyi
Hryhorij Hrabjanka’s The Great War of Bohdan Xmel’nyc’kyi is one of several Cossack chronicles that transformed the nature of written Ukrainian history in the early eighteenth century. This volume contains facsimiles of two manuscript versions of the chronicle, as well as two published versions that have become bibliographic rarities.
Sermons and Rhetoric of Kievan Rus'
Ilarion, Klim Smoljatic, and Kirill of Turov are remarkable for their personal and literary achievements. Franklin prefaces their work with a substantial introduction that places each of the authors in historical context and examines the literary qualities, as well as the textual complexities, of these outstanding examples of Rus’ literature.
Carpatho-Ukraine in the Twentieth Century: A Political and Legal History
Carpatho-Ukraine in the Twentieth Century offers political memoirs and commentary by Vincent Shandor, an elder statesman who served as head of the Carpatho-Ukrainian Representation to the Prague Federal government during the period preceding and at the beginning of World War II. Significant both as scholarly critique and as autobiography, Shandor’s work presents materials never before available in English about events leading up to and during World War II.
Between Poland and the Ukraine: The Dilemma of Adam Kysil, 1600–1653
Frank Sysyn examines the failure of Polish policy through the career of Adam Kysil. Based on extensive archival research in Poland and the USSR, Sysyn’s study is a contribution not only to scholarship on Eastern Europe, but also to discussions on the preconditions and nature of early modern revolts and on the change of political and social elites.
Communism and the Dilemmas of National Liberation: National Communism in Soviet Ukraine, 1918–1933
Ukrainization originally meant active recruitment of Ukrainians into the Soviet state, but soon Ukrainian communists came to demand far greater self-determination than Moscow would tolerate. Those who made such demands in the 1920s were labelled “national deviationists,” and the issues they raised engulfed the regime in a major political crisis.
The Paterik of the Kievan Caves Monastery
The Kievan Caves Monastery was for centuries the most important Ukrainian monastic establishment. It was the outstanding center of literary production, and its monks served throughout the territory of Rus’ as bishops and monastic superiors. Heppell now makes available the first complete English translation of the Paterik.
The Military Tradition in Ukrainian History: Its Role in the Construction of Ukraine’s Armed Forces
This booklet contains the proceedings of the first Annual Conference sponsored by the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, and the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University at Harvard University, May 12–13, 1994.
The Old Rus’ Kievan and Galician-Volhynian Chronicles: The Ostroz’kyj (Xlebnikov) and Cetvertyns’kyj (Pogodin) Codices
Both the Ostroz’kyj and Cetvertyns’kyj codices appear here for the first time in facsimile. Until now they have been known only from footnotes to editions of the Hypatian Chronicle.
Poltava 1709: The Battle and the Myth
In 2009, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute gathered scholars from around the globe and from various fields of study to mark the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava. This collection of their papers provides a fresh look at this watershed event and sheds new light on the legacies of the battle’s major players.
After the Holodomor: The Enduring Impact of the Great Famine on Ukraine
This volume explores the impact of the Holodomor, the Great Famine of 1932–1933, on Ukraine. The range of topics considered include the immediate aftermath of the Holodomor and its effects on communities and subsequent generations; World War II, with its wartime and postwar famines; and the Holodomor’s place in present-day Ukrainian culture.
The World to Come: Ukrainian Images of the Last Judgment
Elaborate icons and murals of the Last Judgment adorned many Eastern-rite churches in medieval and early modern Ukraine. The largest compilation of its kind, The World to Come includes more than eighty such images from present-day Ukraine, eastern Slovakia, and southeastern Poland, with most printed in full color.
Written in the seventeenth century, The Hustynja Chronicle is the earliest systematic history of Kyivan Rus´ and Ukraine from biblical times until the Union of Brest in 1596. This volume is the first scholarly edition of the chronicle. The Introduction, in Ukrainian and English, describes the chronicle in detail and explores its history.
Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus´
Christian Raffensperger tracks the dynastic marriages of the Volodimeroviči, the ruling family of Rus´. Using a modern scholarly approach and broad range of primary sources, he delivers a fully realized picture of the Volodimeroviči from the tenth through twelfth centuries and the first comprehensive, scholarly treatment of the subject in English.
The Battle for Ukrainian: A Comparative Perspective
The Ukrainian language has followed a tortuous path over 150 years of tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet history. The Battle for Ukrainian documents that path, and serves as an interdisciplinary study essential for understanding language, history, and politics in both Ukraine and the post-imperial world.
The Future of the Past: New Perspectives on Ukrainian History
Ukraine is in the midst of the worst international crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War, and history itself has become a battleground in Russia-Ukraine relations. The Future of the Past shows how the study of Ukraine’s past enhances our understanding of Europe, Eurasia, and the world—past, present, and future.
Peasants, Power, and Place: Revolution in the Villages of Kharkiv Province, 1914–1921
Mark R. Baker focuses on Ukrainian-speaking peasants during the 1914–1921 revolutionary period. Arguing 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, he advances the historiography beyond the ideologized categories of the Cold War.
Independent Belarus: Domestic Determinants, Regional Dynamics, and Implications for the West
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 ushered in a period of democratization and market reform extending across the East-Central European region, with one important exception: Belarus. Ironically, Belarus’s fledgling attempts at democracy produced a leader who has suspended the post-Soviet constitution and its institutions and created a personal dictatorship. To discuss developments in Belarus, an international group of scholars and policymakers gathered at Harvard University in 1999. The broad spectrum of issues covered is examined in this volume, providing an understanding of Belarus today and its prospects for the future.
Disunion within the Union: The Uniate Church and the Partitions of Poland
An engaging study of the partitions of Poland that paints a vivid portrait of conflict, accommodation, and survival in a church subject to the grand designs of the late eighteenth century’s premier absolutist powers.
Ukraine’s Nuclear Disarmament: A History
Based on original and previously unavailable documents, Yuri Kostenko’s account of the negotiations surrounding the Budapest Memorandum agreement between Ukraine, Russia, and the U.S. reveals for the first time the internal debates of the Ukrainian government, as well as the pressure exerted upon it by its international partners.
Ukrainian Nationalism in the Age of Extremes: An Intellectual Biography of Dmytro Dontsov
The first English-language biography of Dmytro Dontsov, the “spiritual father” of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, this book contextualizes Dontsov’s works, activities, and identity formation diachronically, reconstructing the cultural, political, urban, and intellectual milieus within which he developed and disseminated his worldview.
Survival as Victory: Ukrainian Women in the Gulag
Survival as Victory is the first anthropological study of daily life in the Soviet forced labor camps as experienced by Ukrainian women prisoners. Oksana Kis pulls from the written and oral histories of over 150 survivors to bring to life the gendered strategies of survival, accommodation, and resistance to the dehumanizing effects of the Gulag.
Documentary Sources on the History of Rus´ Metropolitanate: The Fourteenth to the Early Sixteenth Centuries
Edited and curated by the renowned medievalist Andrei Pliguzov, Documentary Sources on the History of Rus´ Metropolitanate is a rich resource for any reader interested in the controversies and preoccupations of the Orthodox hierarchy and the clergy throughout the Rus´ metropolitanate up to the early modern period.
Jews in Old Rus´: A Documentary History
A collection of texts in Latin, Hebrew, Church Slavonic, and Arabic, and their English translations, Jews in Old Rus´ offers unique insight into Slavic–Jewish relations, realigns the position of East European Jews within the larger diaspora of European Jews, and adds nuance to our understanding of the difficult relations Rus´ had with Khazaria.
The Frontline: Essays on Ukraine’s Past and Present
The Frontline collects essays in a companion volume to Plokhy’s The Gates of Europe and Chernobyl. The essays present further analysis of key events in Ukrainian history, including Ukraine’s relations with Russia and the West, the Holodomor and World War II, the impact of Chernobyl, and Ukraine’s contribution to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In Isolation: Dispatches from Occupied Donbas
In this collection of dispatches, Stanislav Aseyev attempts to understand the reasons behind the success of Russian propaganda among the residents of the industrial region of Donbas. For the first time, an inside account shows the toll on real human lives and civic freedoms that citizens continue to suffer in Russia’s hybrid war on its territory.
The poems in The Voices of Babyn Yar convey the experiences of ordinary civilians going through unbearable events leading to the massacre at Kyiv’s Babyn Yar. Conceived as a tribute to the fallen, the book raises difficult questions about memory, responsibility, and commemoration of those who had witnessed an evil that verges on the unspeakable.
Babyn Yar: Ukrainian Poets Respond
Babyn Yar brings together the responses to the tragic events of September 1941. Presented here in the original and in English translation, the poems create a language capable of portraying the suffering and destruction of the Ukrainian Jewish population during the Holocaust as well as other peoples murdered at the site.
Mondegreen: Songs about Death and Love
Mondegreen tells the story of a refugee from Ukraine’s Donbas region who has escaped to Kyiv at the onset of the Ukrainian–Russian war. Written in beautiful, experimental style, the novel shows how people—and cities—are capable of radical transformation and how this, in turn, affects their interpersonal relations and cultural identification.
The Moscow Factor: U.S. Policy toward Sovereign Ukraine and the Kremlin
Eugene Fishel asks whether, how, and under what circumstances the United States has considered Ukraine’s sovereignty in its relations with Moscow. The Moscow Factor brings together for the first time documentary evidence and declassified materials, retrospective articles by former policymakers, and memoirs by erstwhile senior officials.
The Torture Camp on Paradise Street
In the memoir The Torture Camp on Paradise Street, Ukrainian journalist and writer Stanislav Aseyev details his experience as a prisoner for nearly three years at a modern-day concentration camp overseen by the Federal Security Bureau of the Russian Federation (FSB) in the Russian-controlled city of Donetsk.
Valerian Pidmohylnyi’s The City was a landmark event in the history of Ukrainian literature. Written by a master craftsman, the novel tells the story of Stepan, a young man from the provinces who moves to the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, and achieves success as a writer through a succession of romantic encounters with women.
Earth Gods: Writings from before the War
Earth Gods: Writings from before the War collects in one book for the first time the early writings of Taras Prokhasko, one of Ukraine’s most prominent contemporary writers. It spans genres and includes Anna’s Other Days, transcriptions of radio addresses titled FM Galicia, and the novel The UnSimple.
The Length of Days: An Urban Ballad
In The Length of Days, featuring a wild cast of characters, Rafeyenko combines poetry and wicked humor with elements of magical realism. The novel is set in 2014, mostly in the composite Donbas city of Z—an uncanny foretelling of what this letter has come to symbolize since February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
In Felix Austria, the intricate relationship between a wealthy young woman and her orphan servant unfolds against the rich ethnic and cultural backdrop of the late Habsburg empire. Sophia Andrukhovych reconstructs with astonishing detail the atmosphere and the everyday life of the city of Stanyslaviv at the turn of the twentieth century.
In Cecil the Lion Had to Die, Olena Stiazhkina follows four families through radical transformations when the Soviet Union implodes, independent Ukraine emerges, and Russia occupies Ukraine’s Crimea and parts of the Donbas. A must-read novel for those seeking deeper understanding of how Ukrainian history and local identity shapes war with Russia.
Ukraine, War, Love: A Donetsk Diary
In Ukraine, War, Love, award-winning fiction writer Olena Stiazhkina chronicles day-to-day developments in her beloved hometown Donetsk during Russia’s 2014 invasion and occupation of the Ukrainian city with sarcasm, anger, and humor. This is a fierce love letter to her country, her city, and her people.
In Lesia Ukrainka’s rendering, Cassandra’s prophecies are uttered in highly poetic language and are not believed for that reason, rather than because of Apollo’s curse. Cassandra as poet and as woman are the focal points of the drama. The strongly autobiographical Cassandra: A Dramatic Poem is presented here in a sophisticated English translation.
Dr. Leonardo’s Journey to Sloboda Switzerland with His Future Lover, the Beautiful Alcesta
A novel of exuberance and whim—filled with witty asides and unrestrained digressions—that deconstructs the very principles of writing and estranges everyday phenomena, Dr. Leonardo’s Journey marks the highpoint of Ukrainian modernism before Stalin’s repressions. Presented here in a contemporary, deft English translation, the novel is a must-read.
In Serhiy Zhadan’s tragicomedy A Harvest Truce, brothers Anton and Tolik reunite at their family home to bury their mother. Isolated without power or running water on the front line of a war ignited by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, the brothers’ best hope for success and survival lies in the declared cease fire—the harvest truce.
Izyaslav and Gertrude: The King and Queen of Rus´ at the Nexus of Medieval Europe
Izyaslav and Gertrude focuses on two well-known Rusian rulers, King Izyaslav and Queen Gertrude, from their marriage to their rule in Rus´ to their travels in exile and their ultimate fates. Through this book, readers will see the Rusian royalty as not an eastern Other, but part of the broader complex of medieval European royalty.
Below the Radar: Informal Civic Engagement in Ukraine
Civil society in Eastern Europe has long been labeled weak based on a lack of participation in formal organizations. However, this fails to recognize the impact of informality where it permeates economic, political, and social spheres. Below the Radar convincingly shows that informal engagement constitutes an essential component of civil society.
Stalin’s Liquidation Game: The Unlikely Case of Oleksandr Shumskyi, His Survival in Soviet Jail, and Subsequent Arcane Assassination
Ukrainian communist Oleksandr Shumskyi’s case offers unique insight into a survival strategy in Stalin’s terror machine. Shumskyi endured his tortures; his refusal to confess to false charges denied his interrogators a key piece to demonstrate the “legality” of their investigations. Stalin’s Liquidation Game examines resistance and survival.
The Forest Song, a play in three acts, unfolds in spirited dialogues between Ukrainian mythological characters and people of the land. It meditates on humanity and nature and recreates local Volhynian folklore. This crowning achievement by Lesia Ukrainka is a testament to the power of love to overcome differences and even bring back the dead.
The Blue Rose: A Play in Five Acts
The Blue Rose, Lesia Ukrainka’s first play presented here in a contemporary English translation, highlights women’s struggles for liberation. Set in Ukraine at the turn of the twentieth century, it follows Liubov, who falls in love with Orest and proposes that they pursue “pure love,” abandoning the traditions of marriage and motherhood.
Breaking the Bonds of Corruption: From Academic Dishonesty to Informal Business Practices in Post-Soviet Ukraine
In Breaking the Bonds of Corruption, Elena Denisova-Schmidt investigates corrupt behavior in higher education, both in the Ukraine and internationally, as well as reliance on corruption in Ukrainian business. This is the first English-language book dedicated to examining corruption as a widespread social phenomenon in post-Soviet Ukraine.
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