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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 2nd Revised edition edition (June 18 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442610212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442610217
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marta w. on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 14 2011
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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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Rich History and Optimistic Future March 14 2011
By Jeffrey Swystun - Published on Amazon.com
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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. 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
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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, its rule under the Duchy of Lithuania and then the Commonwealth of Poland/Lithaunia and then split in half with Muscovy/Russian Dominance. But Magocsi does a fine, non biased job of telling the story of Ukraine and the overlapping history of her neighbors and conquerors 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 each leading up to the next. The best thing about the reading is the connections it makes from one event to the next and builds up to the next story and ends each chapter sometimes with ominous warnings of what is 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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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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