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Selection and commentary by Yulia Melnichuk

History, Politics & Sociology

  • Allworth, Edward;
    The Tatars of the Crimea: Return to the Homeland:
    Studies and Documents (Central Asia Book Series)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    A history of the deportation and recent return of the Tatar ethnic group to their homeland in Crimea (Southern Ukraine).
  • Banaian, King;
    The Ukrainian Economy Since Independence (1999)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    In this analysis of the path of economic reform in Ukraine, the author pinpoints the major factors contributing to the failure of its successful realization.
  • Bertsch, Gary and Potter, William;
    Dangerous Weapons, Desperate States: Russia,
    Belarus, Kazakstan, and Ukraine
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    A collection of articles on the challenges posed by military systems and weapons of mass destruction inherited by the NIS countries after the breakup of the USSR. Experts from the NIS and USA discuss how the newly independent states can manage problems in controlling military-related exports in unstable political and economic systems.
  • D'Anieri, Paul; Kravchuk, Robert and Kuzio, Taras;
    Politics and Society in Ukraine (Westview Series
    on the Post-Soviet Republics)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    From a comparative perspective, the authors analyze the main components of the political system of Ukraine, such as regional and ethnic relations, system of government, reform process and foreign policy. The analysis is conducted from the perspective of international security.
  • Dawisha, Karen and Parrott, Bruce;
    Democratic Changes and Authoritarian Reactions in
    Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova (Democratization
    and Authoritarianism in Post-Communist Societies)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    An in-depth theoretical and comparative analysis of the democratization process in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
  • Dawson, Jane I;
    Eco-Nationalism: Anti-Nuclear Activism and National
    Identity in Russia, Lithuania, and Ukraine
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
  • Dolot, Miron and Ulam, Adam Bruno;
    Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust (1987)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    A passionate eyewitness account of the forced collectivization and famine in Ukraine, brought about under Stalin's command in the early 1930s.
  • Drohobycky, Maria (ed);
    Crimea: Dynamics, Challenges, and Prospects (1995)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    A collection of articles on various issues related to the current situation in the Crimea, such as the economy, interethnic relations and internal as well as external political challenges. The appendix provides a detailed chronology and the texts of 11 important documents.
  • Fishman, Lala and Weingartner, Steven;
    Lala's Story: A Memoir of the Holocaust (1998)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    An eyewitness account by a young Jewish girl of pogroms, war, revolution and the Holocaust from 1939 to 1945.
  • Garnett, Sherman W;
    Keystone in the Arch : Ukraine in the Emerging
    Security Environment of Central and Eastern Europe
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    This work explores the major issues of Ukraine's security, such as Russian-Ukrainian relations, internal ethnic and regional relations and the role of the West. It also assesses Ukraine's political stability in the context of regional security.
  • Kelly, Robert; Ewing, Debra; Doyle, Stanton and
    Youngblood, Denise (eds);
    Country Review, Ukraine 1998/1999 (1998)
    (from Amazon.com)
    A concise, reference-style review of the basic facts about Ukraine, including geography, demography, economy, politics, the environment and more.
  • Kuzio, Taras;
    Contemporary Ukraine: Dynamics of Post-Soviet Transformation
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    The author explores the dynamics of national identity, nation and state building, regionalism, politics, civil society, economy and security policy in post-Soviet Ukraine.
  • Lieven, Anatol;
    Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry (1999)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    On the basis of extensive interviews with experts, the author provides a detailed analysis of the complex ethnic and political relationship between Ukraine and Russia. In conclusion, he outlines some significant policy implications.
  • Makhno, Nestor and Skirda, Alexandre (trans);
    The Struggle Against the State and Other Essays (1996)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    These fascinating writings of Nestor Makhno, Ukraine's famous anarchist and public leader, reflect his personal experience of revolutionary struggle in Soviet Ukraine during the Civil War of 1919.
  • Marsh, Rosalind J;
    Women in Russia and Ukraine (1996)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    A good starting point for those interested in women's issues in Ukraine. For more literature on this subject, see the Gender Section of the CER bookshop.
  • Medvedev, Grigori and Sakharov, Andrei;
    The Truth About Chernobyl (1991)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    A minute-by-minute account of both the Chernobyl disaster and the cover-up from the former chief engineer of the nuclear plant, who also investigated the accident.
  • Pavlychko, Solomea and Kostash, Myrna (trans);
    Letters from Kiev (1992)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    Solomea Pavlychko, a Ukrainian public figure, reflects on the political and cultural conditions that led to Ukraine's declaration of independence in 1991.
  • Procyk, Oksana with Heretz, Leonid and MacE, James;
    Famine in the Soviet Ukraine 1932-1933: A Memorial
    Exhibition, Widener Library, Harvard University
    (from Amazon.com)
    A catalog of a 1983 exhibition at the Harvard College Library is a powerful visual presentation of the hunger in Ukraine in the early 1930s. Highly recommended.
  • Prymak, Thomas;
    Mykhailo Hrushevsky: The Politics of National Culture (1987)
    (from Amazon.com)
  • Prymak, Thomas;
    Mykola Kostomarov: A Biography (1996)
    (from Amazon.com)
    An examination of the notable historian, public figure and educator of the nineteenth century, Mykola Kostomarov. This book is a must-read for those interested in the history, ethnic politics and culture of Ukraine during this period.
  • Reid, Anna;
    Borderland: A Journey through the History of Ukraine (1999)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    An American correspondent in Kiev writes about the historical past and uneasy present of Ukraine. Through numerous interviews with Ukrainians, she provides a real picture of the country and its people.
  • Shandor, Vikentii and Shandor, Vincent;
    Carpatho-Ukraine in the Twentieth Century:
    A Political and Legal History
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    A book for those interested in the regional and cultural diversity of Ukraine. Covers the history of the western part of Ukraine (also known as the Zakarpatye region), the most recent addition to the territory of Ukraine.
  • Siegelbaum, Lewis and Walkowitz, Daniel;
    Workers of the Donbass Speak: Survival and Identity in
    the New Ukraine, 1989-1992
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    This book explores one of the hottest political issues in Ukraine: the development and dynamic of the public movement of mineworkers from the Eastern Ukrainian coal mining region.
  • Smirnova Medvedeva, Zoya and Cottam, Kazimiera;
    On the Road to Stalingrad: Memoirs of a Woman
    Machine Gunner
    (from Amazon.com)
    Eyewitness accounts of World War II from a woman fighter of the famous 25th Chapayev Division. More than one million women served in combat in the Red Army during World War II.
  • Subtelny, Orest;
    Ukraine: A History (1993)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    Probably the best contemporary book on the history of Ukraine. It became the first textbook for high schools and universitites in 1991, when Ukraine gained its independence.
  • Wanner, Catherine;
    Burden of Dreams: History and Identity in Post-Soviet
    Ukraine (Post-Communist Cultural Studies)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    An analysis of the recently forged national ideology in Ukraine. Focusing on daily life, public celebrations, schools and new architecture, Wanner shows how nationalism and its program of "Ukrainization" works in conditions of regionalism and enduring cultural differences produced by the Soviet regime.
  • Wolchik, Sharon and Zviglyanich, Volodymyr (eds);
    Ukraine: The Search for a National Identity (1999)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    This book examines the difficulties of creating a new national identity in Ukraine. After a brief survey of recent Ukrainian history, the author explores the issues of interethnic relations, regional challenges, the development of civil society, mass-elite relations, political values and attitudes, cultural norms, gender issues and more.
  • Wynar, Bohdan S;
    Independent Ukraine : A Bibliographic Guide to
    English-Language Publications, 1989-1999
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
  • Zabytko, Irene;
    The Sky Unwashed (2000)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    The nuclear accident at Chernobyl is told from the perpective of the people most directly involved in the tragedy. Personal stories of nearby villagers, as well as workers at the plant itself, tell of the tragedy much better than statistics and policy reports.

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  • Grabowicz, George G;
    The Poet As Mythmaker (1982)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    Read about the life and writings of the classic Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko.
  • Gogol, Nikolai Vasilevich and Kent, Leonard J (ed);
    The Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol (1985)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    A truly distinctive writer, who managed to assimilate both the Ukrainian and Russian cultures in the language and plots of his tales. Gogol's stories offer an unforgettable mixture of mysticism, folk humor and political satire.
  • Khvylovy, Mykola;
    Cultural Renaissance in Ukraine:
    Polemical Pamphlets 1925/26
    (from Amazon.com)
    This formerly banned Ukrainian poet provides witty satire and a picture of Ukraine in the 1920s.
  • Skovoroda, Hryhorii Savyc;
    Fables and Aphorisms (1996)
    (from Amazon.com)
    Stories with morals and life-wisdoms from one of the first Ukrainian philosophers—the satirist and historian, Hryhorii Skovoroda.
  • Tolstoy, Leo;
    The Sebastopol Sketches (Penguin Classics) (1986)
    (from Amazon.com), (from Amazon.co.uk)
    Tolstoy's early war stories, depicting Sevastopol during the Crimean War of 1855-56.

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