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History of Ukraine - 2nd, Revised Edition: The Land and Its Peoples [Paperback]

Paul Robert Magocsi
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June 18 2010

First published in 1996, A History of Ukraine quickly became the authoritative account of the evolution of Europe's second largest country. In this fully revised and expanded second edition, Paul Robert Magocsi examines recent developments in the country's history and uses new scholarship in order to expand our conception of the Ukrainian historical narrative.

New chapters deal with the Crimean Khanate in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and new research on the pre-historic Trypillians, the Italians of the Crimea and the Black Death, the Karaites, Ottoman and Crimean slavery, Soviet-era ethnic cleansing, and the Orange Revolution is incorporated. Magocsi has also thoroughly updated the many maps that appear throughout.

Maintaining his depiction of the multicultural reality of past and present Ukraine, Magocsi has added new information on Ukraine's peoples and discusses Ukraine's diasporas. Comprehensive, innovative, and geared towards teaching, the second edition of A History of Ukraine is ideal for both teachers and students.


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'A magisterial history ... of the Ukrainian land and all the peoples who have fought over, thrived in, and suffered upon it, from the ancient Scythians ... to the present day.' (Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs)

'Reminiscent of some of the great works of Russian and Ukrainian history of the nineteenth century ... The book is characterized by wide and deep learning, remarkable objectivity, rational organization, clarity of presentation, and profound awareness of a variety of national sensitivities.' (Dennis R. Papazian, History)

'The task of writing a new history of Ukraine is a difficult balancing act ... Not only the end of the Cold War and the gradual reintegration of Eastern Europe into the European community but also the rethinking of the nation-state and nationalism as historical forces challenge the ways in which the teaching and writing of modern history have been structured. Magocsi's History will long serve as a model for those who dare to grapple with these central issues.' (Mark von Hagen, The Journal of Modern History)

'Magocsi's mastery of ethnographic material, his skillful inclusion of primary documents, and the valuable annotated bibliography make his work [a] useful and comprehensive tool for the student of Ukraine.' (Paul S. Pirie, The Slavic and East European Journal)

About 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Rich History and Optimistic Future March 14 2011
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This updated second edition is incredibly comprehensive coming in at 52 chapters and over 750 pages. This detail is meant to help overcome an observation the author makes in his preface, "the world has generally known little of Ukraine". Magosci then proceeds to overcome this knowledge deficit with a rich and detailed history.

Ukraine is Europe's second largest country and a land made of up many cultures and peoples - it is not exactly homogeneous in composition. Roughly the size of the Province of Manitoba in Canada, it also resembles that Province's topography being largely comprised of "vast plains and plateaus which seldom rise more than 1,600 feet."

Ukraine has been open to friendly and unfriendly people through the centuries as it lacks any natural geographic boundaries. Its very name means "Borderland" as it touches many European countries. Rich in natural resources, the country has been attractive to foreign interests for centuries. Currently, those identifying themselves as "Ukrainians" constitute 77.8% of the 48 million inhabitants of the country. Its history has seen it ruled for significant periods of time by Poland and Russia, as well as, contested by Sweden.

The most interesting and entertaining parts of the book include: the Cossacks who embody the best characteristics of Ukrainians in terms of freedom and independence; The Period of Ruin in the 17th Century; The Russian Revolution which gave a glimmer of nationalistic hope; Holodomor - the infamous famine; the Second World War which saw the country occupied by Romanian and German forces; resistance to Soviet rule; and independence.

The author leaves off on an optimistic note for Ukraine even though it has stumbled significantly politically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Oct. 15 2011
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Very interesting and captivating book on history of Ukraine. It is a pleasant read and also very informative, the book is written in a language easy to understand, it contains map which give the reader a better idea of the historical changes and their consequences and helps in stimulate imagination to better comprehend !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 22 2014
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This excellent book is a must for any one who wants to study the history of Ukraine in detail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rich History and Optimistic Future March 14 2011
By Jeffrey Swystun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This updated second edition is incredibly comprehensive coming in at 52 chapters and over 750 pages. This detail is meant to help overcome an observation the author makes in his preface, "the world has generally known little of Ukraine". Magosci then proceeds to overcome this knowledge deficit with a rich and detailed history.

Ukraine is Europe's second largest country and a land made of up many cultures and peoples - it is not exactly homogeneous in composition. Roughly the size of the Province of Manitoba in Canada, it also resembles that Province's topography being largely comprised of "vast plains and plateaus which seldom rise more than 1,600 feet."

Ukraine has been open to friendly and unfriendly people through the centuries as it lacks any natural geographic boundaries. Its very name means "Borderland" as it touches many European countries. Rich in natural resources, the country has been attractive to foreign interests for centuries. Currently, those identifying themselves as "Ukrainians" constitute 77.8% of the 48 million inhabitants of the country. Its history has seen it ruled for significant periods of time by Poland and Russia, as well as, contested by Sweden.

The most interesting and entertaining parts of the book include: the Cossacks who embody the best characteristics of Ukrainians in terms of freedom and independence; The Period of Ruin in the 17th Century; The Russian Revolution which gave a glimmer of nationalistic hope; Holodomor - the infamous famine; the Second World War which saw the country occupied by Romanian and German forces; resistance to Soviet rule; and independence.

The author leaves off on an optimistic note for Ukraine even though it has stumbled significantly politically. The country's east-west divide or spheres of influence still tug it back and forth. As a third generation Ukrainian-Canadian, I want to share that optimism but there must be a stronger and deeper track record of successful leadership in Ukraine. I send my appreciation to the author for compiling this tremendous history. Other reads on Ukraine I recommend are:

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation by Serhy Yekelchyk
Borderland: A Journey through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid
Harvest of Despair: Life and Death in Ukraine under Nazi Rule by Karel C. Berkhoff
Ukrainian Armies 1914-55 by Peter Abbott and Oleksiy Rudenko
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding reference book on the complete history of Ukraine April 22 2014
By Taina Sahari - Published on Amazon.com
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A short review the present Crimean situation and political+economical crisis of Ukraine made me consider to buy this paperback. The content as a well written textbook gives answers and historical background information in the most relevant way to all questions arousen from the Ukrainian crisis and even more. I higlly recomend this book to all readers intrested in the past and present history of Ukraine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History of Ukraine and Sweeping Narrative of Eastern Europe May 9 2014
By Magnitogorsk - Published on Amazon.com
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Ukraine has a unique history in that it is difficult to pinpoint when Ukraine emrged - from its Kieven Rus roots, under the rule of the Duchy of Lithuania and then the Commonwealth of Poland/Lithaunia and then split in half between Muscovy and Poland and all the while the Ottomans at their doorstep. But Magocsi does a great, non biased job of telling the story of Ukraine and the overlapping history of her neighbors and conquerors (Lithuania, Poland, Russia and others) up to the point of her independence. I love this book! Each chapter is about 10 pages or so long and not one page is wasted - each chaulk full of info and history leading up to the next chapter with an ominous warning or prediction of things to come. The book flows nicely and I could not put it down! Please add this book to your volumes of Eastern European History!
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