Conventional wisdom dictates that Ukraine's political crises can be traced to the linguistic differences and divided political loyalties that have long fractured the country. However, this theory obscures the true significance of Ukraine's recent civic revolution and the conflict's crucial international dimension. The 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution presented authoritarian powers in Russia with both a democratic and a geopolitical challenge. In reality, political conflict in Ukraine is reflective of global discord, stemming from differing views on state power, civil society, and democracy. Ukraine's sudden prominence in American politics has compounded an already-widespread misunderstanding of what is actually happening in the nation. In the American media, Ukraine has come to signify an inherently corrupt place, rather than a real country struggling in the face of great challenges. Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know® is an updated edition of Serhy Yekelchyk's 2015 publication, The Conflict in Ukraine. It addresses Ukraine's relations with the West, particularly the United States, from the perspective of Ukrainians. The book explains how independent Ukraine fell victim to crony capitalism, how its people rebelled twice in the last two decades in the name of democracy and against corruption, and why Russia reacted so aggressively to the strivings of Ukrainians. Additionally, it looks at what we know about alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the factors behind the stunning electoral victory of the political novice Volodymyr Zelensky, and the ways in which the events leading to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump have changed the Russia-Ukraine-US relationship. This volume is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the forces that have shaped contemporary politics in this increasingly important part of Europe, as well as the international background of the impeachment proceedings in the US.
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Acknowledgments Chronology Map 1. Why Ukraine? 2. The Land and the People 3. The Making of Modern Ukraine 4. Ukraine after Communism 5. The Orange Revolution and the EuroMaidan 6. Russia's Annexation of the Crimea and the War in the Donbas 7. The War in Ukraine as an International Issue Notes Further Reading Index
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Serhy Yekelchyk shares his outstanding expertise that helps understand the complex overlaps and developments that shape the historical and political environment in contemporary Ukraine.
"Serhy Yekelchyk shares his outstanding expertise that helps understand the complex overlaps and developments that shape the historical and political environment in contemporary Ukraine." -- New Books Network "It's an ABC of the current conflict and the war, written by a very good historian." -- Serhii Plokhy, FiveBooks.com "There is no better book to start reading on the background of the current war. If you have time to read only one book on this topic, this is it." -- Mark Edele, The Conversation "Excellent... a succinct, lucid text that is ideal for newcomers to recent Ukrainian events." --The Financial Times "This reliable and accessible sourcebook by an accomplished and gifted Ukrainian historian beautifully conveys the knowledge we need to prevent misunderstandings, avoid stereotypes, and decode propaganda. It should be on the desk, the bedside, or the airplane tray table of everyone who is working to undersand Ukraine or to help Europe resolve its major crisis." --Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands and Black Earth
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Selling point: Fully revised and updated second edition of The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know® Selling point: Written by one of the leading scholars of Ukrainian, Russian, and East European history Selling point: Addresses Ukraine's relations with the West, specifically in the context of the 2016 and 2020 US presidential elections
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Serhy Yekelchyk is Professor of History and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. He has published widely on modern Ukrainian history and Russian-Ukrainian relations.
Selling point: Fully revised and updated second edition of The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know® Selling point: Written by one of the leading scholars of Ukrainian, Russian, and East European history Selling point: Addresses Ukraine's relations with the West, specifically in the context of the 2016 and 2020 US presidential elections
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ISBN
9780197532119
Publisert
2020
Utgave
2. utgave
Utgiver
Vendor
Oxford University Press Inc
Vekt
260 gr
Høyde
210 mm
Bredde
138 mm
Tykkelse
16 mm
Aldersnivå
G, 01
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Heftet
Antall sider
208

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Serhy Yekelchyk is Professor of History and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. He has published widely on modern Ukrainian history and Russian-Ukrainian relations.