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Ukraine and Europe

Cultural Encounters and Negotiations

edited by Giovanna Brogi Bercoff, Marko Pavlyshyn & Serhii Plokhy

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2017
General, Eastern, Russia & the Former Soviet Union
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Ukraine and Europe challenges the popular perception of Ukraine as a country torn between Europe and the east. Twenty-two scholars from Europe, North America, and Australia explore the complexities of Ukraine’s relationship with Europe and its role the continent’s historical and cultural development.


Encompassing literary studies, history, linguistics, and art history, the essays in this volume illuminate the interethnic, interlingual, intercultural, and international relationships that Ukraine has participated in. The volume is divided chronologically into three parts: the early modern era, the 19th and 20th century, and the Soviet/post-Soviet period. Ukraine in Europe offers new and innovative interpretations of historical and cultural moments while establishing a historical perspective for the pro-European sentiments that have arisen in Ukraine following the Euromaidan protests.

About the authors

Giovanna Brogi Bercoff is the President of the Italian Association of Ukrainian Studies.

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Marko Pavlyshyn is a professor of Ukrainian Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics at Monash University.

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Serhii Plokhy is the associate director of the Peter Jacyk Centre at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. He has published extensively on Ukrainian and east European history.

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Editorial Reviews

"There is an intensity and richness to this superb collection of articles on Ukrainian engagement with Europe that make it one of the most important volumes on the cultural history of Ukraine to appear in a long time. The relevance of the subject and the high quality of the contributions make this book a must read for anyone interested in the Ukrainian past, present, and future."

Norman M. Naimark, Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies, Stanford University

"Ukraine in Europe is an excellent and intellectually stimulating volume. It will appeal to faculty and students alike, and can be used in courses on Ukrainian history, literature, and culture."

Andriy Zayarnyuk, Associate Professor, University of Winnipeg

"The volume will be extraordinarily useful for scholars interested in acquainting themselves with some of the major names in Ukrainian culture, and will be a useful compendium for scholars already well-versed in the debates. The collection could easily work for a course on east European culture and should become a classic reference work for scholars in the fields of Ukrainian studies, Slavic literatures, and east European history."

<em>Slavic Review</em>

"…this collection is doubtless one of the most significant contributions to Ukranian studies in recent years."

ASEES, Vol. 32, nos. 1-2

"The subject of Ukraine’s relationship with Europe is a critical scholarly and public concern. Ukraine in Europe offers new ways of thinking about this perennial question and considers multiple areas of inquiry that traverse traditional disciplinary divides and historical periodization. It is an ambitious and highly important volume."

Matthew Pauly, Associate Professor, Michigan State University

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