The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know®

The Conflict in Ukraine What Everyone Needs to Know When guns began firing again in Europe why was it Ukraine that became the battlefield Conventional wisdom dictates that Ukraine s current crisis can be traced to the linguistic differences and divide

  • Title: The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know®
  • Author: Serhy Yekelchyk
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When guns began firing again in Europe, why was it Ukraine that became the battlefield Conventional wisdom dictates that Ukraine s current crisis can be traced to the linguistic differences and divided political loyalties that have long fractured the country However this theory only obscures the true significance of Ukraine s recent civic revolution and the conflict s crWhen guns began firing again in Europe, why was it Ukraine that became the battlefield Conventional wisdom dictates that Ukraine s current crisis can be traced to the linguistic differences and divided political loyalties that have long fractured the country However this theory only obscures the true significance of Ukraine s recent civic revolution and the conflict s crucial international dimension The 2013 14 Ukrainian revolution presented authoritarian powers in Russia with both a democratic and a geopolitical challenge President Vladimir Putin reacted aggressively by annexing the Crimea and sponsoring the war in eastern Ukraine and Russia s actions subsequently prompted Western sanctions and growing international tensions reminiscent of the Cold War Though the media portrays the situation as an ethnic conflict, an internal Ukrainian affair, it is in reality reflective of a global discord, stemming from differing views on state power, civil society, and democracy.The Conflict in Ukraine What Everyone Needs to Know explores Ukraine s contemporary conflict and complicated history of ethnic identity, and it does do so by weaving questions of the country s fraught relations with its former imperial master, Russia, throughout the narrative In denying Ukraine s existence as a separate nation, Putin has adopted a stance similar to that of the last Russian tsars, who banned the Ukrainian language in print and on stage Ukraine emerged as a nation state as a result of the imperial collapse in 1917, but it was subsequently absorbed into the USSR When the former Soviet republics became independent states in 1991, the Ukrainian authorities sought to assert their country s national distinctiveness, but they failed to reform the economy or eradicate corruption As Serhy Yekelchyk explains, for the last 150 years recognition of Ukraine as a separate nation has been a litmus test of Russian democracy, and the Russian threat to Ukraine will remain in place for as long as the Putinist regime is in power In this concise and penetrating book, Yekelchyk describes the current crisis in Ukraine, the country s ethnic composition, and the Ukrainian national identity He takes readers through the history of Ukraine s emergence as a sovereign nation, the after effects of communism, the Orange Revolution, the EuroMaidan, the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, the war in the Donbas, and the West s attempts at peace making The Conflict in Ukraine is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the forces that have shaped contemporary politics in this increasingly important part of Europe.What Everyone Needs to Know is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.

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    1. p.11 – Ukraine is Europe’s second-largest country after Russia. Spanning 603,700 square kilometers, or 233,100 square miles (including the Crimea), it is a bit larger than France and approximately the size of Germany and Great Britain combined. p.12 – Ukraine’s once-imported deposits of oil and gas were largely exhausted by the 1970s, making the republic a net importer of these fuels. However, in recent decades the arrival of new extraction technologies rejuvenated this sector and also l [...]

    2. A very useful primer to understand what's going on in Ukraine. There is a fair amount of historical detail and a broad, global perspective. I'll be using this book in my International Studies upper level courses -- should be very accessible to undergraduates.

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