Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

First published in 2018

Serhii Plokhy (New York: Basic Books, 2018) Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, 2018   On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated ... Continue reading

Demographic Historical Analysis of Ukrainians in the USA

First published in 2018

Dr. Oleh Wolowyna published the article, titled “Demographic-Historical Analysis of Persons of Ukrainian Ancestry in the United States.” The Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis. Studia Sociologica 10 (1): 142–163 Abstract Ukrainians are one of the least researched ethnic groups in the United States. Part of the problem is the turbulent modern history ... Continue reading

The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology

First published in 2017

Mark Andryczyk, ed., The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology (Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2017) This publication commemorates the tenth year of the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series. Co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University and the Kennan Institute at the ... Continue reading

Ukraine vs. Russia: Revolution, Democracy and War: Selected Articles and Blogs, 2010-2016

First published in 2017

Alexander Motyl, Ukraine vs. Russia: Revolution, Democracy and War: Selected Articles and Blogs, 2010-2016 (Washington, DC: Westphalia Press, 2017) Ukraine vs. Russia offers indispensable background knowledge and analysis on one of the most important issues of the day—Vladimir Putin’s war against democratic Ukraine. Alexander J. Motyl’s articles and blogs offer ... Continue reading

Hip Hop at Europe’s Edge: Music, Agency, and Social Change

First published in 2017

Edited by Milosz Miszcynski and Adriana Helbig (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press) Responding to the development of a lively hip hop culture in Central and Eastern European countries, this book demonstrates how a universal model of hip hop serves as a contextually situated platform of cultural exchange and becomes locally ... Continue reading

Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe

First published in 2017

Olena Nikolayenko, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017) At the turn of the twenty-first century, a tide of nonviolent youth movements swept across Eastern Europe. Young people demanded political change in repressive political regimes that emerged since the collapse of communism. The Serbian ... Continue reading

Ivan Franko and the Literary Depiction of Jews. Parsing the Contexts

George G. Grabowicz

Ivan Franko und die jüdische Frage in Galizien Interkulturelle Begegnungen und Dynamiken im Schaffen des ukrainischen Schriftstellers. Göttingen : V & R Unipress, Vienna University Press im Verlag V & R Unipress, 2016, Pages 59-92.

Context is always important, but particularly so in an issue as fraught as this. The basic context for the issue addressed here is the historical and social fabric of Ukrainian-Jewish relations in the course of the 19th and early 20th century and its reflection in Ukrainian literature. As much as our general focus ... Continue reading

Regional variations of 1932–34 famine losses in Ukraine

Oleh Wolowyna, Serhii Plokhy, Nataliia Levchuk, Omelian Rudnytskyi, Alla Kovbasiuk, Pavlo Shevchuk

Canadian Studies in Population 43, no. 3–4 (2016): 175–202.

Abstract: Yearly estimates of urban and rural direct losses (excess deaths) from the 1932–34 famine are presented for the oblasts of Soviet Ukraine. Contrary to expectations, the highest losses are not found in the grain-producing southern oblasts, but in the north-central Kyiv and Kharkiv oblasts. Several hypotheses are proposed and ... Continue reading

The Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941: A Sourcebook

First published in 2016

Alexander Motyl and Ksenya Kiebuzinski, eds., The Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941: A Sourcebook (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016) After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, executed a staggering number of political prisoners in Western Ukraine-somewhere between 10,000 and 40,000-in the ... Continue reading

Taras Shevchenko: The Making of the National Poet

George G. Grabowicz

Revue des études slaves, Paris, LXXXV/3, 2014, p. 421-439.

The bicentennial of Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) coincided with a remarkable political and social upheaval—a revolution and a national renewal that as of this writing is still ongoing and still under attack in Ukraine.1 The core, and iconic, presence of Shevchenko in that process, and dramatically and symbolically on the Euromaidan itself, has often been ... Continue reading