Anne Applebaum. Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine. (Book Review)

Anne Applebaum. Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine. (Book Review)

Anne Applebaum. Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine. McClelland & Stewart, 2017. xxxii, 464 pp. Illustrations. Maps. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index. $42.00, cloth.  Anne Applebaum sets out to tell the story of the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, and she does so masterfully and powerfully, providing the historical background, the political and economic context, and a blow-by-blow account of the decisions that led to the annihilation of at least four million Ukrainian peasants. It is, frankly,…

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L’viv, Ukrainian History, Paradoxes and Muddles

L’viv, Ukrainian History, Paradoxes and Muddles

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king? Erasmus   I have long had a special interest in western Ukraine in general and in the city of L’viv[1] in particular.  My parents grew up in Kolomiya, a mid-sized city in Galicia some 200 kilometers south, south-east from L’viv.  They later lived in L’viv between 1937 and 1944 where my father, a musicologist and composer, taught at the conservatory and was active in…

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Accuracy and the Problems of Ukrainian Studies

Accuracy and the Problems of Ukrainian Studies

I belong to the generation that valued Marvin Kalb’s journalism on the Soviet Union. When I heard that he had written a book on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, I looked forward to reading it. My interest increased when I listened to an online presentation at the Brookings Institution in which he said that before writing the book he had looked at the region solely through a Russian prism.

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Faces of Displacement: The Writings of Volodymyr Vynnychenko

Faces of Displacement: The Writings of Volodymyr Vynnychenko

Book Review Faces of Displacement: The Writings of Volodymyr Vynnychenko by Mykola Iv. Soroka (2012, McGill-Queens University Press)   The first book-length study in English on Volodymyr Vynnychenko (1880–1951), this book explores how emigration transformed the creative palette of this important Ukrainian historical figure and a gifted author of international stature, and offers a unique examination of creativity and the challenges faced by writers in geographical displacement.

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Putinism: The Slow Rise of a Radical Right Regime in Russia

Putinism: The Slow Rise of a Radical Right Regime in Russia

Volodymyr Kravchenko Reviews Marcel H. van Herpen’s Putinism: The Slow Rise of a Radical Right Regime in Russia Marcel H. van Herpen, Putinism: The Slow Rise of a Radical Right Regime in Russia (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 278 pp. Russia’s condition in recent years and everything associated with it has been attracting ever-increasing attention on the part of Western observers and politicians. The armed Russo-Ukrainian conflict of 2014, spilling across national boundaries, has added…

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