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A History of Ukraine (A History of East Central Europe (HECE)) Paperback – June 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: A History of East Central Europe (HECE)
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802078206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802078209
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An academic masterwork that spans two and a half millennia - through the rise of the Kievan Rus, the Cossacks, communism and the crimes of the pogroms and collectivization, to glasnost and the heady days of independence in 1991. The book brims with maps statistical tables and translations.'

(Steve Pona Winnipeg Free Press)

'It's a thick but welcome addition to your bookshelf. It should even settle a few arguments with your father-in-law, much to his shock and amazement.'

(Nestor Gula Zdorov!)

'Professor Magocsi overcame these [problems associated with writing history texts and still other difficulties extremely well, indeed at times brilliantly. His forty-two unobtrusive, usually page-long maps establish a better graphic setting for history than any other textbook I am acquainted with, thus confirming the distinction the author had already earned with his historical atlases. A remarkable, quite unusual, and very successful aspect of the book is the daring inclusion right in the text (although on a distinctive light grey rather than white background) of numerous documents, eyewitness accounts, and other primary sources as well as occasionally some more specialized explanatory material. The marvel is how well these insertions blend with the basic narrative and support it.'

(Nicholas V. Riasanovsky Journal of Ukrainian Studies)

About the Author

Paul Robert Magocsi, FRSC, is professor of history and political science and holds the chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By F. Orion Pozo on July 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
From pre-history to Independence in 1991, this book surveys the history of Ukraine and its people. It is unique in not only portraying the history of the Ukrainian people but also includes the other peoples who live or have lived in the land now known as Ukraine.
The organization of the book is chronological with 49 chapters divided into ten parts. Each part covers a significant period in Ukrainian history: Pre-Kievan Times; the Kievan Period; the Lithuanian-Polish Period; the Cossack State; the Hetmanate; Ukraine in the Russian Empire; Ukraine in the Austrian Empire; World War I; the Interwar Years; and, World War II & the Postwar Years. Forty-two black-and-white maps help illustrate the concepts described in the text. Also included are thirty-six textual inserts which provide lengthy quotes of important documents. Sometimes these feel redundant because the author has described so well the events highlighted by the inserted texts.
For readers to whom 700 pages of Ukrainian history is not enough and who want to learn more about specific events or periods described in this book, Magocsi provides a forty page bibliographic essay called: For Further Reading. One of the great stumbling blocks for English-speaking readers who want to learn Ukrainian history is the fact that so many Ukrainian sources have not been translated. A great feature of this bibliography is that the vast majority of the works listed are in English.
Ukrainian history is complex. This book, although daunting to read because of its size and depth of coverage, can help the student of Ukrainian history untangle the puzzles of Ukraine and its people. It is a great reference work that belongs in the library of anyone interested in the subject.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2001
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Mr. Magocsi's "History of Ukraine" often takes a second billing to Mr. Subtelny's "Ukraine: A History" - and I think, unfairly. Both have a lot to offer, and frankly, no passionate student of Ukrainain history should choose one over the other. He or she should get both. A wealth of information, and first rate scholarship are impressive. Mr. Magocsi has done a first rate job. Mychajlo Hrushevsky would approve of both, and we should too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacksonian on May 2, 2010
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This book covers the full breadth of Ukrainian history in a very readable and enjoyable fashion. While academic in nature, the book is written in a style that makes it accessible to the majority of readers. Buyers should be forewarned that "A History of Ukraine" is a rather lengthy text and one should be prepared to dedicate a good amount of time to reading the material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dusty wiwchar on April 3, 2013
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I have several Ukrainian History books and this one by Magocsi is just outstanding from the standpoint of his research
and detail starting from ancient times before the Christian era and encompasses a wide range of Slavic history and the European and Turkish, Greek and Iranian historical backgrounds pertaining to it. Excellent for any serious student of European history as well.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2002
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A beautifully written history of outstanding excellence. I have found it most helpful. Professor Magocsi is to be commended on a another success.
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