The Gates Of Europe: A History Of Ukraine
ISBN: 1541675649
EAN13: 9781541675643
Language: English
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

An exemplary account of Europe's least-known large country (Wall Street Journal) by an award-winning historian.

Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense fight with Russia to preserve its territorial integrity and political independence. But today's conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine's territory and its existence as a sovereign nation. As the award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine's past in order to understand its present and future.

Situated between Central Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that used it as a strategic gateway between East and West--from the Roman and Ottoman empires to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. For centuries, Ukraine has been a meeting place of various cultures. The mixing of sedentary and nomadic peoples and Christianity and Islam on the steppe borderland produced the class of ferocious warriors known as the Cossacks, for example, while the encounter between the Catholic and Orthodox churches created a religious tradition that bridges Western and Eastern Christianity. Ukraine has also been a home to millions of Jews, serving as the birthplace of Hassidism--and as one of the killing fields of the Holocaust.

Plokhy examines the history of Ukraine's search for its identity through the lives Read More chevron_right

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   This history of the Ukraine is written with scholarly precision and is still a page turner.
The history of the Ukrainian nation and its struggle for independence from the former Russian empire and now from Russia has been missed by English language readers. The book is a page turner. I was fascinated by the many aspects of this moving history, having spent my childhood in the former Austrian city of Cernowitz, which is now in the Ukraine.
 
5
   A great read about an important area in modern-day Europe.
I bought the hard copy and eBook versions. A fascinating, detailed, and entertaining history of Europe. I am listening to a book on audiobook. A few years ago, my son was stationed at a NATO base, not far from the Polish border. He wanted the hard copy to be in the barracks. The review was updated in March of 2022. This NATO military base was bombed by a foreign entity. The book is a good read. Glory to the people of Ukraine. .
 
5
   Good Introduction to Ukraine
This is a good introduction to Ukraine. It is very dense and I am a beginner at learning the country. N.
 
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   Dry and difficult
I gave up. 65 years ago, I was turned off by the sort of history that this book is typical of. It was a series of names, dates, and battles with very little discussion about why these events happened. I was not familiar with how Ukraine developed. I couldn't remember the sequence from one page to the next. Oh dear.
 
5
   Excellent history of the Ukraine
Americans need to know the history of this important nation because of the war in the Ukraine. The history of the Ukranian is long and complicated. Most Americans know about the history of Western Europe, but they don't know much about the history of the Ukraine. The book written by a history professor helped me understand the complicated history and why the people of the Ukraine embrace western democracy. The book is a good value. I think it is a good idea.
 
5
   Very good narrative history
It gives a more complete, nuanced history. There was a lot of history in the circumstances of 2022.
 
5
   Comprehensive, interesting book about Ukrainian history
The book goes through history with great detail and organization. The stories are written in a way that makes them come to life. The book became one of my reference books. The maps appendices are useful. The book is recommended to anyone interested in Ukrainian and European history.
 
5
   A Vitally Important History of a Country Now Prominently in the News
An excellent history of Ukraine's complicated and challenged history was written by a Harvard scholar. It shows the struggle for independence which Ukraine has waged over centuries against stronger empires to the East and West, most prominently Russia. It shows the roots of Russia's long standing belief that Ukraine is part of Russia, as well as how Western Ukraine is made up of entities long associated with Europe. It's worth reading.
 
4
   Dry, but fascinating.
It's full of information. The facts are very interesting and could have you on the edge of your seat. However, pretty? Scholarly? It is dry even with details about the people written about. I enjoy history and reading about it. I give it 4 stars for clarity, flow and accuracy. A novel is waiting to be written in this place. It's not in this book.
 
5
   A Must Read for Understanding Ukraine-Russia Conflict and Ukraine as a Nation.
The war of the Donbas and the annexation of Crimea are detailed in a book. With a rich and varied past, Ukraine has been at the center of a swirl of history as empires and nations have grown and faded. From the Ottoman Empire to the days of the mighty Cossacks, a history is carved out of land that ultimately isUkraine.
 
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