‘The Victory of Ukraine’ [a composite book review by Anne Applebaum]


Andriy Maymulakhin, Coordinator
LGBT Human Rights Nash Mir Center
Kiev, Ukraine
Re:  ‘The Victory of Ukraine’
        [a composite book review by Anne Applebaum]
        The New York Review
         April 7, 2016,  page 74

 

Reviewer Anne Applebaum in the latest issue of The New York Review, which just reached me by post, at the outset of a composite review of three books relevant to Ukraine, says this about the recently published book

          The Gates of Europe
          A History of Ukraine
          by Serhii Plokhy
          Published by Basic Books, 395 pp. $29.99
” . . . the reason behind Serhii Plokhy”s elegantly written The Gates of Europe.  Although he holds the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Chair at Harvard, Plokhy is not writing in order to enlighten Ukrainians about themselves.
Instead he is engaged in a parallel project: he is writing in order to enlighten foreigners about Ukraine.
He opens his introduction with three events in modern Ukrainian history — the declaration of independence in 1991, the Orange Revolution of 2004, and the Maidan revolution of 2014 — and explains what motivates him:
‘To understand the trends underlying current events in Ukraine and their impact on the world, one has to examine their roots. . . .  The journey into history can help us make sense of the barrage of daily news reports, allowing us to react thoughtfully to events nd thus shape their outcome.’
…Recent events in Ukraine inspired Plokhy to condense its complex, thousand-year history into a single, readable, English-language volume.”
It seems to me, Andriy, The Gates of Europe is a background book you may well want to have — to enlighten foreigners about Ukraine in your ongoing work at  LGBT Human Rights Nash Mir Center in Kiev.
Full details about the book are available from the publisher Basic Books at  http://www.basicbooks.com/full-details?isbn=
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