The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0465050918
ISBN-10: 0465050913
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Editorial Reviews


Ukrainian Weekly
“Buy this book…Give copies to your children and grandchildren. Buy copies for your friends. Make sure they read it.”

Kirkus Reviews
"A sympathetic survey of the history of Ukraine along the East-West divide, from ancient divisions to present turmoil.... A straightforward, useful work that looks frankly at Ukraine's ongoing "price of freedom" against the rapacious, destabilizing force of Russia.”

Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University
“For a comprehensive, engaging, and up-to-date history of Ukraine one could do no better than Serhii Plokhy's aptly titled The Gates of Europe. Plokhy's authoritative study will be of great value to scholars, students, policy-makers, and the informed public alike in making sense of the contemporary Ukrainian imbroglio.”

Michael Ignatieff, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
“This is present-minded history at its most urgent. Anyone wanting to understand why Russia and the West confront each other over the future of Ukraine will want to read Serhii Plokhy's reasoned, measured yet passionate account of Ukraine's historic role at the gates of Europe.”

Wall Street Journal
“[An] exemplary account of Europe's least-known large country... one of the joys of reading the ‘The Gates of Europe' is that what might seem a dense account of distant events involving unfamiliar places and people is leavened by aphorism and anecdote.”

Financial Times
“An assured and authoritative survey that spans ancient Greek times to the present day.”

The Economist
“[An] admirable new history... belief in Ukraine's history of tolerance and legality, rooted in European Christian civilisation, keeps hope alive. In his elegant and careful exposition of Ukraine's past, Mr Plokhy has also provided some signposts to the future.”

Foreign Affairs
“No one can understand today's sad, tangled confrontation over Ukraine without some knowledge of the complex, crosscutting influences that have shaped eastern Europe over the millennia. For that history, readers can find no better place to turn than Plokhy's new book.... Plokhy navigates the subject with grace and aplomb.”

Washington Post
“A vigorous polemic in the classical sense of that word — a sharply focused argument in support of a debatable point of view.

Washington Times
“[A] concise, highly readable history of Ukraine… a lively narrative peopled with a colorful cast of Norse and Mongol marauders, free-booting Cossacks, kings, conquerors and dictators, and conflicted 19th century intellectuals who believed fervently in a Ukrainian cultural identity but were fatally divided as to how that cultural identity could evolve into national entity.”

New York Review of Books
“Elegantly written.”

Publishers Weekly
“Injecting appropriate nuance and complexity into a single-volume overview of 2,000 years of Ukrainian history is no small task, but Plokhy approaches this charge with dexterity and skill.... Plokhy's work serves as a welcome introduction to Ukraine's ethnic and national history.”

Library Journal
“The timeframe and subjects covered here are extraordinary...students, academics, and readers with a general knowledge of Ukraine will appreciate. Alternatively, chapters can be read independently, allowing those with a strong interest in the subject to focus on a specific era of Ukraine's history.”

Independent, UK
“A masterly surveyor of Ukrainian history.”

Winnipeg Free Press, CAN
“A comprehensive, unbiased history.”

About the Author

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. The author of The Gates of Europe and The Man with the Poison Gun, most recently, Plokhy is an award-winning author of numerous books. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
  • Hardcover : 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0465050913
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0465050918
  • Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.63 inches
  • Publisher : Basic Books; 1st Edition (December 1, 2015)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 180 ratings
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