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A History of Ukraine

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Although the new state of Ukraine came into being as one of many formed in the wake of the Revolution of 1989, it is hardly a new country. Paul Robert Magocsi tells its story from the first millennium before the common era to the declaration of Ukrainian independence in 1991, with a balanced discussion of political, economic, and cultural affairs. Tracing in detail the exp ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by University of Washington Press (first published 1996)
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Czarny Pies
Sep 19, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
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The Ukraine under normal conditions is a highly esoteric topic for North Americans and Western Europeans. The country has never been on the Grand Tour, is expensive to get to and hard to travel in without an automobile. Nonetheless, it is September 2014. The Ukraine is at war again with Russia and this would be a good time to learn a little of the history of this country.

Magosci is nothing less than masterful in tying together the political, military, economic and cultural events of the Ukraine
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Joe
Jul 26, 2008 Joe rated it it was amazing
A geographical area that has seen many very different people arrive, pass through, and stay has that many opinions as to actual fact of its origins, rightful ownership, and history. There are a few major historical perspectives on Ukraine (Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and Soviet, which is a modified version of the Russian), but Magosci does a fine job at presenting the facts as to what happened in that geographical area without holding to a particular theory, including differing perspectives so t ...more
Allen
Feb 17, 2017 Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The author has fifteen hundred years of history packed into 750 pages with lots of maps. He writes from a distinctly Ukrainian perspective but very neutral in tone. For most of the histories of Ukraine and Ukrainians have been written from the point of view of either Poland or Russia. The latter, especially, has badly influenced the world view of Ukraine, as they try to claim all Ukrainian history for their own, and treat Ukrainians and Ukrainian language as second class.
This book is for anyone
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People say my name should be Jeff
I just wish that in my post-Soviet-era education had covered even a fraction of the information in this book.
Mark
Jun 19, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
A History of Ukraine
Author: Paul Robert Magocsi
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Published In: Seattle, WA,USA
Date: 1997
Pgs: 784

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
The state of Ukraine came into existence in the wake of the 1989 dissolution of the Soviet Union, but this wasn’t the first Ukrainian state. Little Russia, as she is sometimes known, has been in conflict, immigrational flux, and cultural evolution for many, many years. Cultures and peoples have marched across her settling and sw
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Brandy
To be fair, I only read the last two chapters, since I really need to get this research paper going. This is a book that I fully intent to go back and read cover to cover, though. The writing of the last two chapters is brilliant and clear and I very much look forward to learning about pre-Soviet Ukraine as soon as I have a minute :)
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