Bertelsen, Olga (ed.)

Revolution and War in Contemporary Ukraine

The Challenge of Change

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What are the reasons behind, and trajectories of, the rapid cultural changes in Ukraine since 2013?
This volume highlights: the role of the Revolution of Dignity and the Russian-Ukrainian war in the formation of Ukrainian civil society; the forms of warfare waged by Moscow against Kyiv, including information and religious wars; Ukrainian and Russian identities and cultural realignment; sources of destabilization in Ukraine and beyond; memory politics and Russian foreign policies; the Kremlin’s geopolitical goals in its 'near abroad'; and factors determining Ukraine’s future and survival in a state of war.
The studies included in this collection illuminate the growing gap between the political and social systems of Ukraine and Russia. The anthology illustrates how the Ukrainian revolution of 2013–2014, Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and its invasion of eastern Ukraine have altered the post-Cold War political landscape and, with it, the regional and global power and security dynamics.

444 Seiten, Paperback. 2016
ISBN 978-3-8382-1016-2
ISSN 1614-3515

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“Revolution and War in Contemporary Ukraine is indispensable reading for anyone who wants clearheaded, unbiased, multidisciplinary analysis of the relationship between Ukraine’s revolutionary democratic strivings and Putin Russia’s imperial response.“
Prof. Dr. Alexander Motyl, Rutgers University–Newark

“This excellent collection brings together specialists on contemporary Ukraine to provide an erudite, interdisciplinary, and up-to-date portrait of the nation confronting a hybrid war—and an assault on its very identity. The topics covered include the Euromaidan Revolution, the Russian takeover of the Crimea, the reform attempts by the new Ukrainian government, and the lingering war in the Donbas. This book’s special strength is the attention that the authors pay to the language and representations, as well as to the cultural sphere in general, including religion and historical mythologies. Olga Bertelsen’s insightful introduction and epilogue complement her remarkable editorial achievement of putting together such a comprehensive collection so soon after the events took place.“
Prof. Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor of History and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria

“This book, beautifully edited by Olga Bertelsen, is a very important and timely contribution to the growing literature on recent Ukrainian political, social, and cultural developments and Putin’s war against Ukraine. The essays of this collection, written by prominent Russian, Ukrainian, Tatar, and Western experts in Ukrainian history, politics, and culture, contain precious information which not only explains to the Western audience the recent situation in the Eastern European post-Soviet political space, but also convincingly demonstrates the danger of Putin’s political regime.“
Prof. Dr. Sergei I. Zhuk, Professor of History, Ball State University


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