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Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine

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It’s true that the book is pro-Ukrainian, but for me that is makes these parts of the book harder to accept.

And only during the times of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, the term Ukraine started to be used referring to Ukraine. When I read the English translation of the text the first time, I was really struck by it, because I thought there could hardly be a text better suited to the current situation. Reid succeeds in vividly conjuring up dozens of little-know heroes and villains of Ukrainian history . She was involved with these questions and interacted with hundreds of people, commenting on far-right and corruption without thinking why these accusations started and if they are real in the first place (far-right is not). Anna Reid said that even so the protest found a greater echo in the Donbas, the majority of the population disapproved the armed seizure of public buildings and did not want to join Russia.has sharp vision and an enquiring mind which launched her on a journey through the country’s history to help her make sense of what she saw. Nobody expects tanks to roll into Kiev as they did into Grozny, but Russia could stir up secessionists among ethnic Russians in Crimea and the Donbass, as it did in Moldova, Georgia. This book takes the reader on a fascinating and often violent odyssey, spanning more than 1,000 years of conflict and culture. The twelfth Chapter has the title “The Maidan” and gives an account of the Euromaidan protests which started in Kyiv on the Maidan, the central square.

I hope with all my heart, that this horrendous war ends soon, with an independent and intact Ukraine, free at last to decide whom it wants to befriend, and whom to shun. From the Polish churches of Lviv to the coal mines of the Donbass to the Tatar shantytowns of Crimea, the book explores Ukraine’s struggle to build itself a national identity. If your village house had a metal roof, you were considered a kulak and eligible for a free trip to Siberia.

That is the same argument Putin uses to justify his invasion into Ukraine and it fits with the impression one gets if one listens to excerpts from Russian state TV which equates all signs of Ukrainian culture, state and language with “Neo-Nazis”. I marked all cities for which there is a specific chapter in the book with a blue box around the name.

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