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Strategic Friends: Canada-Ukraine Relations from Independence to the Euromaidan

By Bohdan S. Kordan

2018 | McGill-Queen's University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 176 
ISBN: 978-0-7735-5521-1 (paper) 

Since the end of the Soviet Union, Canada has played a leading role in the international response to Ukraine and to the challenges associated with its transition to independence. As Conservative and Liberal governments alike have sought to adapt foreign policy to contend with uncertainty and upheaval, the relationship between Canada and Ukraine has remained resilient.

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In Strategic Friends Bohdan Kordan examines the intersections between global developments and Canada's evolving foreign policy in light of national interests, domestic factors, and political agency. His historical-comparative narrative follows the post-Cold War aspirations and ambitions of the Mulroney, Chrétien, Martin, and Harper governments as they worked to minimize conflict, increase security, contextualize the independence movement, manage bilateral relations, and promote election monitoring, as well as defend liberal democracy and the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Consulting media reports, official speeches, statements, published government documents, and archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Kordan highlights both continuities and shifts in policy during the leadership of four prime ministers, and reveals the undercurrents of contemporary Canadian foreign affairs.

Investigating the progression of the Canada-Ukraine relationship, Strategic Friends queries the dynamics that have shaped Canada's foreign policy response in an age of change.

The Orthodox Church in Ukraine: A Century of Separation

By Nicholas E. Denysenko

2018 | Northern Illinois University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 314 
ISBN: 978-0-87580-789-8 (paper) 

The bitter separation of Ukraine’s Orthodox churches is a microcosm of its societal strife. From 1917 onward, church leaders failed to agree on the church’s mission in the twentieth century.

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The core issues of dispute were establishing independence from the Russian church and adopting Ukrainian as the language of worship. Decades of polemical exchanges and public statements by leaders of the separated churches contributed to the formation of their distinct identities and sharpened the friction amongst their respective supporters.

In The Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Nicholas Denysenko provides a balanced and comprehensive analysis of this history from the early twentieth century to the present. Based on extensive archival research, Denysenko’s study examines the dynamics of church and state that complicate attempts to restore an authentic Ukrainian religious identity in the contemporary Orthodox churches. An enhanced understanding of these separate identities and how they were forged could prove to be an important tool for resolving contemporary religious differences and revising ecclesial policies. This important study will be of interest to historians of the church, specialists of former Soviet countries, and general readers interested in the history of the Orthodox Church.


By Serhiy Zhadan

2018 | Yale University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 328 
ISBN: 9780300223354 

Prose Translated from the Ukrainian by Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler; Poetry Translated from the Ukrainian by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps.

This captivating book is Serhiy Zhadan’s ode to Kharkiv, the traditionally Russian-speaking city in Eastern Ukraine where he makes his home. A leader among Ukrainian post-independence authors, Zhadan employs both prose and poetry to address the disillusionment, complications, and complexities that have marked Ukrainian life in the decades following the Soviet Union’s collapse.

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His novel provides an extraordinary depiction of the lives of working-class Ukrainians struggling against an implacable fate: the road forward seems blocked at every turn by demagogic forces and remnants of the Russian past. Zhadan’s nine interconnected stories and accompanying poems are set in a city both representative and unusual, and his characters are simultaneously familiar and strange. Following a kind of magical-realist logic, his stories expose the grit and burden of stalled lives, the universal desire for intimacy, and a wistful realization of the off-kilter and even perverse nature of love.

The Euromaidan’s Effect on Civil Society: Why and How Ukrainian Social Capital Increased after the Revolution of Dignity

By Sophie Falsini

2018 | ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 150 
ISBN: 978-3-8382-1131-2 (paper) 

Sophie Falsini presents a fascinating analysis of the current state and future prospects of Ukrainian civil society in light of the 2013–2014 events. Since then, the country has been shaken by both sociopolitical disorders and a deep humanitarian emergency, also exacerbated by the crisis of internally displaced people.

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Yet it is under these same premises that civil society emerged as a main actor in post-Euromaidan politics, development, and reform. Through its war relief work and the endeavors to lead Ukraine towards democratization, civil society has, to a considerable degree, offset the lack of an efficient state administration and activated vital components of Ukrainian social capital.

Falsini explores the way and the extent to which the events occurring in Ukraine since late 2013—the Euromaidan revolution, the annexation of Crimea, and the war in the East—have contributed to the growth of social capital as well as to the resulting change in the shape and in the structure of civil society in the country. Through a multidimensional approach, combining theoretical interpretation with empirical analysis, the study examines Ukraine’s transformed civil society in terms of its social relations, societal networks and resources, and collective action. Based on the theory of social capital after Lin Nan, the empirical analysis revolves around the case studies of 12 civil society organizations active in providing help to internally displaced people. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in Kiev, Dnipro, and Kharkiv aiming to confirm or discard the thesis of a post-Euromaidan civil society powered by increased levels of social capital.

The collected data show that the 2013–2014 events did indeed contribute to the reshaping of the structure of Ukrainian civil society as they reversed people’s preference for informal and cross-level networks, mistrust towards the system, and disappointment with public institutions. Compared to the past, Ukraine’s "civil society 2.0" saw the rise of grassroots and voluntary movements which triggered social mobilization, and a long-term investment of resources for the benefit of the public good. These developments have significantly contributed to an increase of the level of social capital in post-Euromaidan Ukraine.

Development and Dystopia: Studies in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Eastern Europe

By Mikhail Minakov

2018 | ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 280 
ISBN: 9783838211121 

This book dissects—from both philosophical and empirical viewpoints—the peculiar developmental challenges, geopolitical contexts, and dystopic stalemates that post-Soviet societies face during their transition to new political and cultural orders.

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The principal geographical focus of the essays is Ukraine, but most of the assembled texts are also relevant and/or refer to other post-Soviet countries.

Mikhail Minakov describes how former Soviet nations are trying to reinvent, for their particular circumstances, democracy and capitalism while concurrently dealing with new poverty and inequality, facing unusual degrees of freedom and responsibility for their own future, coming to terms with complicated collective memories and individual pasts. Finally, the book puts forward novel perspectives on how Western and post-communist Europe may be able to create a sustainable pan-European common space. These include a new agenda for pan-European political communication, new East-Central European regional security mechanisms, a solution for the chain of separatist-controlled populations, and anti-patronalist institutions in East European countries.

Building Ukraine from Within: A Sociological, Institutional, and Economic Analysis of a Nation-State in the Making

By Anton Oleinik

2018 | ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 496 
ISBN: 978-3-8382-1150-3 (paper) 

Ukraine drew significant media attention after the 2013–2014 Revolution of Dignity and the subsequent undeclared war waged by Russia. However, the nature of these events and their impact on the social, economic, and political development of this country remain understudied and hence often misunderstood.

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Building Ukraine from Within offers an inside look at the recent developments in Ukraine and poses the question of whether transition from externally to internally driven development is possible in this case. 

Anton Oleinik argues that Ukraine is currently going through a revolutionary period aimed at building a nation-state and its aftermath. Ukraine is a latecomer in this process, especially compared with most other European countries. Its outcomes cannot be predicted with certainty. It is yet to be seen if a current surge in volunteerism and bottom-up civic initiatives will lead to the emergence of a viable and sustainable national democratic system in this country.

A Difficult Neighbourhood: Essays on Russia and East-Central Europe since World War II

By John Besemeres

2016 | Australian National University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 538 
ISBN: 978-1-760-46060-0 (paper) 

Through a series of essays on key events in recent years in Russia, the western ex-republics of the USSR and the countries of the one-time Warsaw Pact, John Besemeres seeks to illuminate the domestic politics of the most important states, as well as Moscow’s relations with all of them.

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At the outset, he takes some backward glances at the violent suppression of national life in the ‘bloodlands’ of Europe during World War II by the Stalinist and Nazi regimes, which helps to explain much about the region’s dynamics since. His concern throughout is that a large area of Europe with a combined population well in excess of Russia’s could again be consigned by the West to Moscow’s care, not this time by more and less malign forms of collusion, but by distracted negligence or incomprehension.

Assisting Reform in Post-Communist Ukraine 2000–2012: The Illusions of Donors and the Disillusion of Beneficiaries

By Duncan Leitch

2016 | ibidem-Verlag; distributed by Columbia University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 262 
ISBN: 978-3-8382-0874-9 (paper) 

Foreword by Kataryna Wolczuk.

Examining the efforts to reform relations between Kiev and the regions of Ukraine, Duncan Leitch explores how and why fiscal decentralization and regional policy programs initiated by the Ukrainian government and supported by the Western donor community failed to achieve a sustainable outcome.

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Drawing on concepts from institutional theory, comparative politics, and development studies, Leitch explains the complex interactions between external donors and the domestic recipients of their advice. His findings shed light on the narrow circumstances under which short-term success can be achieved, but also point towards the failings of the donor community to lay the groundwork for lasting reform. A valuable resource for anyone working in the development sector in Eastern Europe or beyond, this book provides a new outlook on the political realities of the reform process, the relevance of international advice, and the domestic pressures leading to the Maidan uprising of 2013.

Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

By Serhii Plokhy

2018 | Basic Books (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 432 
ISBN: 9781541617087 

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill.In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime’s control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else.

Today, the risk of another Chernobyl looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world. A moving and definitive account, Chernobyl is also an urgent call to action.

Gender and Choice after Socialism

Edited By Lynne Attwood, Elisabeth Schimpfössl, Marina Yusupova

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 245 
ISBN: 978-3-319-73660-0 

The end of socialism in the Soviet Union and its satellite states ushered in a new era of choice. Yet the idea that people are really free to live as they choose turns out to be problematic. Personal choice is limited by a range of factors such as a person’s economic situation, class, age, government policies and social expectations, especially regarding gender roles.

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Furthermore, the notion of free choice is a crucial feature of capitalist ideology, and can be manipulated in the interests of the market. This edited collection explores the complexity of choice in Russia and Ukraine. The contributors explore how the new choices available to people after the collapse of the Soviet Union have interacted with and influenced gender identities and gender, and how choice has become one of the driving forces of class-formation in countries which were, in the Soviet era, supposedly classless.

Triangular Diplomacy among the United States, the European Union, and the Russian Federation: Responses to the Crisis in Ukraine

Edited By Vicki L. Birchfield, Alasdair R. Young

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan (external site)
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Language: English 
Edition: 1 
Pages: 241 
ISBN: 978-3-319-63435-7 (e-book) 

This book examines the crisis in Ukraine through the lens of “triangular diplomacy,” which focuses on the multiple interactions among the European Union, the United States and Russia.It is explicitly comparative, considering how the US and EU responded to ostensibly the same crisis. It also adopts a “360-degree” perspective, focusing on how the US and EU interacted in their dealings with Russia, and how Russia and Ukraine have responded. Chapters focus on each of the four protagonists – the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine – and on key, cross-cutting aspects of the crisis – sanctions, international law and energy. The book thus contrasts a conventional, if exceptional, great power – the US – with a very non-traditional foreign policy actor – the EU. It would be suitable for both undergraduate and graduate courses on the EU’s external policies and engagement in world affairs, EU-US relations, EU-Russia interactions, or regional security issues.

Against Violence

Edited By Larysa Denysenko

2016 | BAITE
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Language: English 
Pages: 204 
ISBN: 978-966-2310-63-4 (PDF format) 

Compiled by Larysa Denysenko, edited by Anna Protsuk.

The collection of short stories Against Violence was put together and published as part of the Hromadske Radio project “Countering Domestic Violence,” implemented with the support of the project “Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine,” funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by the Canadian Bureau for International Education in partnership with the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision. The short stories where the situations and characters are recognizable and lifelike. The commentary from psychologists which help in understanding the situation. The advice from legal counsels about what to do, who to contact and what documents to file when you or someone else is suffering from violence.

My Final Territory: Selected Essays

By Yuri Andrukhovych

2018 | University of Toronto Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 192 
ISBN: 978-1-4875-0171-6 (cloth) 

Translated by Mark Andryczyk and Michael M. Naydan, with one essay translated by Vitaly Chernetsky, edited and with annotations by Michael M. Naydan.

Yuri Andrukhovych is one of Ukraine’s preeminent authors and cultural commentators. In recognition of his literary writings and his role as public intellectual he has received numerous awards including the Herder Prize, Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Goethe Medal.

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My Final Territory is a collection of Andrukhovych’s philosophical, autobiographical, political, and literary essays, which demonstrate his enormous talent as an essayist to the English-speaking world. This volume broadens Andrukhovych’s international audience and will create a dialogue with Anglophone readers throughout the world in a number of fields including philosophy, history, journalism, political science, sociology, and anthropology. In their introduction Michael Naydan and Mark Andryczyk reveal a somewhat lesser-known side of Andrukhovych’s writings that place him alongside such writers as recent Belarusian Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich. Ten of the twelve essays in this volume, including his seminal work “Central-Eastern Revision,” are appearing for the first time in English. My Final Territory showcases Yuri Andrukhovych’s unique voice and provides insight into Ukrainian experience of nationality and identity.

Ukraine and Russian Neo-Imperialism: The Divergent Break

By Ostap Kushnir

2018 | Rowman & Littlefield (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 218 
ISBN: 978-1-4985-5863-1 (cloth) 

This book first proves that the rationale behind Russia’s aggressive actions in its neighborhood resides in its goal of achieving certain geostrategic objectives which are largely predefined by the state’s imperial traditions, memories, and fears that the Kremlin may irretrievably lose control over lands which were once Russian.

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In other words, Russia constantly remains an expansion-oriented and centralized state regardless of epochs and political regimes ruling over it. That is its geopolitical modus operandi successfully tested throughout history. This book also scrutinizes Ukraine as a young post-colonial and post-communist state which, unlike Russia, is more prone to democratize and decentralize. To understand the logics of the ongoing Ukrainian transformation, its domestic and international developments are assessed in their connection to the Soviet political tradition and the medieval legacy of the Cossack statehood (15–18 centuries). This book outlines differences between the political cultures of Ukrainian and Russian nations. This envisages scrutiny of historical experiences and their impacts on the Ukrainian and Russian state-building, institutional structures, national identity, religious issues, and other features of sovereignty. Based on these discoveries, a structure of symbolic thinking which predefines indigenous understandings of justice and order has been constructed for Ukrainians and Russians.

Perogies and Politics: Canada's Ukrainian Left, 1891-1991

By Rhonda L. Hinther

2018 | University of Toronto Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 312 
ISBN: 978-1-4875-0049-8 (cloth) 

In Perogies and Politics, Rhonda Hinther explores the twentieth-century history of the Ukrainian left in Canada from the standpoint of the women, men, and children who formed and fostered it.

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For twentieth-century leftist Ukrainians, culture and politics were inextricably linked. The interaction of Ukrainian socio-cultural identity with Marxist-Leninism resulted in one of the most dynamic national working-class movements Canada has ever known. The Ukrainian left’s success lay in its ability to meet the needs of and speak in meaningful, respectful, and empowering ways to its supporters’ experiences and interests as individuals and as members of a distinct immigrant working-class community. This offered to Ukrainians a radical social, cultural, and political alternative to the fledgling Ukrainian churches and right-wing Ukrainian nationalist movements. Hinther’s colourful and in-depth work reveals how left-wing Ukrainians were affected by changing social, economic, and political forces and how they in turn responded to and challenged these forces. 

The Political Economy of Independent Ukraine: Slow Starts, False Starts, and a Last Chance?

By Oleh Havrylyshyn

2017 | Palgrave Macmillan (external site)
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Language: English 
Edition: 1 
Pages: 374 
ISBN: 978-1-137-57689-7 (cloth) 

Marking the 25th anniversary of Ukraine as a sovereign nation, this book traces its economic transformation since 1991. Post-communist transition has been a highlight of recent history, and Ukraine stands out as one of its most interesting and puzzling cases.

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Havrylyshyn offers the first comprehensive treatise on the entire period, providing a thorough description of the slow evolution of economic reforms, exploring how and why performance in this regard fell far behind the leaders in transition. Testing several conventional hypotheses, the author argues that while Russian imperialism may form part of the explanation, the self-serving interests of domestic elites and new oligarchs may be even more important. Radically revising the traditional argument that reforms were delayed to allow nation building, this book contends that it was due more to the interests of the non-lustrated elite, who needed time to become the new capitalists.

The Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941: A Sourcebook

Edited By Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Alexander Motyl

2017 | Amsterdam University Press; distributed by The University of Chicago Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 432 
ISBN: 978-90-8964-834-1 (cloth) 

(This book contains texts in Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and German as well.)

After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, executed a staggering number of political prisoners in Western Ukraine—somewhere between 10,000 and 40,000—in the space of eight days, in one of the greatest atrocities perpetrated by the Soviet state. Yet the Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941 is largely unknown. This sourcebook aims to change that, offering detailed scholarly analysis, eyewitness testimonies and profiles of known victims, and a selection of fiction, memoirs, and poetry that testifies to the lasting impact of the massacre in the collective memory of Ukrainians.

Z cienia polskości: Ukraińska proza galicyjska przełomu XIX i XX wieku

By Katarzyna Glinianowicz

2015 | Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego (external site)
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Language: Polish 
Pages: 262 
ISBN: 978-83-233-3851-2 (paper) 

Książka jest próbą postkolonialnego ujęcia reprezentacji polskości obecnych w ukraińskiej prozie z Galicji końca XIX i początku XX wieku. W polu badawczym znalazła się – jako kontekst i uzupełnienie – również proza z Bukowiny.W interesującym badaczkę czasie i przestrzeni ukraińsko-polskie spotkanie kulturowe, umiejscowione na styku dyskursów narodowych, społecznych i płciowych, stanowiło próbę wyjścia kultury ukraińskiej z tożsamościowego cienia polskości.

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Proces ten zaistniał między innymi w literaturze. Przybierała ona formę ukraińskiego kontrdyskursu, w ramach którego autorki i autorzy ukraińscy oraz ich czytelnicy konstruowali odrębną wizję ładu społeczno-narodowego w Galicji. Wiązało się to z transgresją ruskiej tożsamości kulturowej w stronę nowoczesnej ukraińskości i dążeniem do zbudowania równorzędnych stosunków z przedstawicielami kultury polskiej.

Autorka zwraca uwagę, w jaki sposób proza galicyjska łączyła z sobą zagadnienia stosunków ukraińsko-polskich z wykluczeniami społeczno-kulturowymi wewnątrz podrzędnego dyskursu ruskiego. Akcentuje zatem niejednoznaczne związki między kwestiami narodu, grup społecznych, płci kulturowej czy cielesności, podkreślając, że problem podporządkowań był obecny nie tylko we wzajemnych relacjach kultur narodowych, ale również wewnątrz każdej z nich.

Do książki została dołączona Antologia kontrdyskursów polskości w ukraińskiej prozie Galicji i Bukowiny przełomu XIX i XX wieku. Obejmuje ona tłumaczenia utworów między innymi Iwana Franki, Olhy Kobylańskiej, Osypa Makoweja, Łesia Martowicza.

Po Czarnobylu: Miejsce katastrofy w dyskursie współczesnej humanistyki

Edited By Iwona Boruszkowska, Katarzyna Glinianowicz, Aleksandra Grzemska, Paweł Krupa

2017 | Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego (external site)
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Language: Polish 
Pages: 408 
ISBN: 978-83-233-4308-0 

Katastrofa w swoim greckim źródłosłowie zawierała splot trzech znaczeń: biologicznego – jako śmierć, upadek bądź kres ciała; politycznego – jako podbój, ujarzmienie, zagłada armii, ludów czy polis; wreszcie, tekstualnego (teatralnego) – jako rozwiązanie węzła dramatycznego, ale również koniec opowieści, tekstu. Καταστροφή łączy w sobie te trzy porządki końca: ciała biologicznego, ciała politycznego, ciała tekstu. W niniejszej książce staraliśmy się nie zapomnieć o żadnym z nich. Katastrofy dają do myślenia.

Limits of a Post-Soviet State: How Informality Replaces, Renegotiates, and Reshapes Governance in Contemporary Ukraine

By Abel Polese

2016 | ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press; distributed by Columbia University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 240 
ISBN: 9783838208855 

Though informed by case studies conducted in Ukraine, this book transcends its country-specific scope. It explains why informality in governance is not necessarily transitory or temporary but a constant in most political systems.

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The book discusses self-protective mechanisms, responses to incomplete or unfocused policy making, and strategies employed by individuals, classes, and communities to respond to unusual demands. The book argues that when state or company expectations exceed normative behavior, informal behavior continues to thrive. New tactics help cope with the reality of governance. Informality also challenges the values imposed by power through attitudes and behaviors that take place "beyond" or "in spite of" the state.

The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology

Edited By Mark Andryczyk

2017 | Academic Studies Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 336 
ISBN: 9781618116611 (cloth) 

The publication of The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology commemorates the tenth year of the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series. Co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Series has recurrently organized readings in the US for Ukraine’s leading writers since 2008. The anthology presents translations of literary works by Series guests that imaginatively engage pivotal issues in today’s Ukraine and express its tribulations and jubilations. Featuring poetry, fiction, and essays by fifteen Ukrainian writers, the anthology offers English-language readers a wide array of the most beguiling literature written in Ukraine in the past fifty years.

Joining a Prestigious Club: Cooperation with Europarties and Its Impact on Party Development in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine 2004–2015

By Maria Shagina

2017 | ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press; distributed by Columbia University Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 294 
ISBN: 9783838211046 

Brussels's idea of a "wider Europe" implies that Europeanization is not limited to EU member states. The EU can, so it claims, also exert influence beyond its borders. One of the channels of external EU influence is cooperation between Europarties and parties outside the Union. Through mutual visits and joint activities, non-EU parties become internationally socialized, that is, exposed to the Europarties' norms as well as values, and experience the rules as well as practices that shape European party-building. What are the incentives for Europarties and non-EU parties to cooperate with each other? What kind of, and how much, impact did cooperation have on party development in post-Soviet Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine?

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Based on eighty interviews with party officials, international donors and academics, Maria Shagina outlines the set of motivations that trigger cooperation between Europarties and non-EU parties, analyzes the impact of cooperation on party ideology, organizational structure, and interparty behavior in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, and explores the implications of this cooperation on the standardization, consolidation, and democratization of the non-EU party systems. Her findings shed light on how prestige and domestic factors impede the penetration of EU norms and values in the non-EU party structures, and point to the failures of Europarties to adequately address problems of party-development in Eastern Europe. The book reveals the ways in which cooperation with Europarties has paradoxically contributed to the ossification of the status quo and impaired the development as well as the consolidation of democracy in the three Eastern Partnership states.

Ukraine and Europe: Cultural Encounters and Negotiations

Edited By Giovanna Brogi Bercoff, Marko Pavlyshyn, Serhii Plokhy

2017 | University of Toronto Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 480 
ISBN: 978-1-4875-0090-0 (cloth) 

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.

Ukraine in Conflict: An Analytical Chronicle

By David R. Marples

2017 | E-International Relations Publishing (external site)
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Language: English 

Through a series of articles written between 2013 and 2017, this book examines Ukraine during its period of conflict – from the protests and uprising of Euromaidan, to the Russian annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of war in Ukraine’s two eastern provinces Donetsk and Luhansk. It also looks at Ukraine’s response to Russian incursions in the form of Decommunisation – the removal of Lenin statues, Communist symbols, and the imposition of the so-called Memory Laws of the spring of 2015. The book places these events in the context of the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, and Ukraine’s geostrategic location between Russia and the European Union. It seeks to provide answers to questions that are too often mired in propaganda and invective and to assess whether the road Ukraine has taken is likely to end in success or failure.

Ukraine and the Empire of Capital: From Marketisation to Armed Conflict

By Yuliya Yurchenko

2018 | Pluto Press (external site)
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Language: English 
Pages: 304 
ISBN: 9780745337371 (paper) 

Since 1991, nominally independent Ukraine has been in turmoil, with the Orange Revolution and the Maidan protests marking its most critical moments. Now, its borders are threatened and the civil unrest and armed conflict continue to destabilise the country. In order to understand these dramatic events, Yuliya Yurchenko looks to the country’s post-Soviet past in this ambitious analysis of contemporary Ukrainian political economy.

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Providing distinctive and unexplored reflections on the origins of the conflict, Yurchenko unpacks the four central myths that underlie Ukraine's post-Soviet reality: the myth of transition, the myth of democracy, the myth of two Ukraines, and the myth of 'the other'. In doing so, she sheds light on the current intensification of class rivalries in Ukraine, the kleptocracy, resource wars and analyses existing and potential dangers of the rightwing shift in Ukraine's polity, stressing a historic opportunity for change.

Critiquing the concept of Ukraine as ‘transition space’, she provides a sweeping analysis which includes the wider neoliberal restructuring of global political economy since the 1970s, with particular focus on Ukraine's relations with the US, the EU and Russia. This is a book for those wanting to understand the current conflict as a dangerous product of neoliberalism, of the empire of capital.

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