New PDF release: A laboratory of transpersonal history. Ukraine and recent

New PDF release: A laboratory of transpersonal history. Ukraine and recent

By Edited by G. Kasianov and P. Ther

ISBN-10: 9639776262

ISBN-13: 9789639776265

ISBN-10: 9639776432

ISBN-13: 9789639776432

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Kiev was the last stop on our itinerary after six weeks of study in Leningrad, followed by a week in Moscow and a few days in Tbilisi, Georgia. That summer we had also visited Novgorod and Tallinn, so my comparative approach to Ukraine was already widely cast. Tallinn and Tbilisi seemed to me to be more different from Kiev than Novgorod or Moscow. But I did not give a great deal of thought to developing this comparative framework until later years. After earning a reputation as a moderately competent historian of Russia—more specifically, the early Soviet period—I came to feel that my background and training had left me unprepared to understand the Soviet Union as a multinational state—this several years before the end of the USSR.

Borderlands, Regions, and Cities as Complements to the Nation-State Borderland studies have found a natural home in Ukrainian history; after all, the very name of the country (in most translations, “on the border,” “on the edge”) would invite such an approach. Several fascinating projects have taken advantage of Ukraine’s historic divisions and rival pulls between two or more empires or states to explore comparative history by focusing on regions. Still, many Ukrainians resist “borderland” approaches because they presume that Ukraine is conceived as a borderland of some outside power and thus not in control of its own destiny.

30 Many of the questions that shape my exploration of Ukraine’s history have emerged from those teaching and research experiences. What I have learned is reflected in the footnotes to the work of those colleagues from whom I have particularly (and gratefully) benefited. Borderlands, Regions, and Cities as Complements to the Nation-State Borderland studies have found a natural home in Ukrainian history; after all, the very name of the country (in most translations, “on the border,” “on the edge”) would invite such an approach.

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