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Borderland :a journey through the history of Ukraineby Anna Reid
Synopses & Reviews
Borderland tells the story of Ukraine. A thousand years ago it was the center of the first great Slav civilization, Kievan Rus. In 1240, the Mongols invaded from the east, and for the next seven centureies, Ukraine was split between warring neighbors: Lithuanians, Poles, Russians, Austrians, and Tatars. Again and again, borderland turned into battlefield: during the Cossack risings of the seventeenth century, Russias wars with Sweden in the eighteenth, the Civil War of 19181920, and under Nazi occupation. Ukraine finally won independence in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bigger than France and a populous as Britain, it has the potential to become one of the most powerful states in Europe.In this finely written and penetrating book, Anna Reid combines research and her own experiences to chart Ukraines tragic past. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalins famine and of Nazi labor camps, she reveals the layers of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land. From the Polish churches of Lviv to the coal mines of the Russian-speaking Donbass, from the Galician shtetlech to the Tatar shantytowns of Crimea, the book explores Ukraines struggle to build itself a national identity, and identity that faces up to a bloody past, and embraces all the peoples within its borders.
Book News Annotation:
Journalist Reid (former Kiev correspondent for the Economist and the Daily Telegraph) recounts Ukraine's history in a narrative that combines research and personal accounts gathered from conversations with Ukrainians from all walks of life. Relating the tragedies of the past to the dilemmas of the present, she provides an accessible history that manifests her personal appreciation of the people and conveys the tragedies and travesties that occurred under Communist rule.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This vivid book tells the story of Ukraine by taking the reader there. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin's famine and of Nazi labor camps, Anna Reid charts Ukraine's tragic past and explores its struggle to build a national future.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 246-247) and index.
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