Ukrainian Version of 'Gates of Europe' Dedicated to 25th Anniversary of Independence

Gates of Europe Ukrainian feature

Twenty-five years ago, Ukraine took a monumental step in its history, declaring independence from the USSR on August 24, 1961. Since then, the country has wrestled with its past, its future, and competing images of its national identity. Now—especially given the turbulence of recent events in Crimea—understanding the fullness of the country’s history is essential for Ukrainians, policy-makers, and scholars abroad.

Serhii Plokhy’s Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine is one resource offering a new history that helps unpack Ukraine's current events and now, not quite a year after its debut in English, the book has been translated into Ukrainian.

Announcing the 2016-2017 HURI Fellows

Introducing the 2016-2017 HURI Fellows

The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute has named its fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year. These fellows conduct research in residence at HURI while making use of the extensive resources at Harvard University and connecting with other scholars in the field. HURI’s fellowship program offers funding for research in Ukrainian studies at all points of an academic career.

This year’s fellows bring expertise in international relations, history, sociology, ethnic relations, and other fields. HURI is pleased to welcome them to Harvard and looks forward to an engaging and enriching academic year.


Serhii Plokhii lecture feature

Як можна потрапити до Гарвардської літньої школи? Де й як про це можна дізнатися? Які кваліфікації для цього потрібні? Й, нарешті, в чому полягає унікальність саме цієї Літньої школи, чи варто сюди пориватися?

Всі ці питання ми поставили трьом студентам цьогорічної Літньої школи. Одна з них, Олександра Гайда, приїхала з України, інший, Антон Мудрак, зараз вчиться в Центрально-Європейському університеті, третя – американка Сара МакЕлені зараз займається в аспірантурі Вірджинського університету. А нашим четвертим співрозмовником є директор Літньої школи УНІГУ (2015 та 2016) д-р Сергій Біленький, випускник історичного факультету Київського національно університету ім. Т.Шевченка та аспірантури Торонтського університету (Канада), де він зараз і викладає історію східної та центральної Європи.

What Do Increasing Tensions Between Ukraine and Russia Mean? HURI Experts Respond

2014 03 09 Perevalne military base by Anton Holoborodko (Антон Голобородько)

Over the past week, tensions between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea escalated. With a background of military buildup across the border with Ukraine and increasing military attacks in the Donbas, Russia's security services have accused Ukraine of armed incursions into Crimea with the intention to carry out terrorist activities. Ukraine has denied both the acts and the intentions, while Putin has suggested that this incident makes the Normandy talks useless. In response to Russian military build-up and training in the Crimea, the Ukrainian military has been put on a heightened alert

Although the intentions and implications of these events are still unclear, and the situation continues to develop, HURI associates and affiliates have offered their thoughts on possible meanings and outcomes. We will continue to add responses as they come in.

Book Announcement: "Peasants, Power, and Place: Revolution in the Villages of Kharkiv Province, 1914–1921" by Mark R. Baker

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HURI Publications is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark R. Baker’s book, Peasants, Power, and Place: Revolution in the Villages of Kharkiv Province, 1914–1921, is now available. The book is part of the Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies.

Most history books on Ukraine’s revolutionary period focus on national leaders, Bolsheviks, and urban workers, implying that the attitudes and views of the peasants - the most populous class - were either insignificant or aligned with those of the leaders. However, Ukrainian peasants had a much different perspective than urban or political figures, one that was shaped by a number of factors and events. What exactly did they think, and how did they adapt during the transition to a Soviet republic?

Summer Research Travel Grant Program

Both undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Harvard are invited to apply to the HURI Summer Research Travel Grant Program for support to conduct projects in Ukraine during the summer of 2016. Grants of up to $2,000 for graduate students and $1,500 for undergraduates will be available for travel and research expenses. Students wishing to apply for the HURI summer research travel grant must prepare an application using Harvard's Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). Completed CARAT forms and additional required material are to be submitted to the Ukrainian Research Institute by Friday, February 19, 2016, 4:00 PM.

Application proposals will be reviewed by HURI’s selection committee and decisions will be announced early April.

Questions regarding HURI’s summer travel research grants should be addressed to Tymish J. Holowinsky, Executive Director, tel. 617-495-4081 or to Tamara Nary, Programs Administrator, 617-495-3549.

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Monday, September 12, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm

HURI invites the community to its Annual Fall Reception, which will include an introduction of the fellows for the 2016-17 academic year.
Room S-030, Public Gathering Room, CGIS South, Harvard University

Full Calendar


Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director

August 24, 2016. Громадське Радіо. Я написав книгу, щоб іноземці розуміли українську історію, — професор Гарварду. 

August 24, 2016. Hromadske. How Ukrainians Were Responsible For The End Of The Cold War (YouTube). 

August 19, 2016. Hromadske Radio.Shadow of the 1991 Moscow Coup Today. 

August 19, 2016. Громадське Телебачення. Україна зіграла вирішальну роль у розпаді СРСР після путчу — Сергій Плохій (YouTube).

May 23, 2016. New Eastern Europe. To and for Europe: Review of 'The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine'.

May 23, 2016. New Eastern Europe. Plokhy awarded as "Ambassador of New Europe."

May 18, 2016. The Financial Times. Ukraine sings to a tune of new national pride.

March 5, 2016. Україна Модерна. Вийти за межі: міркування над епілогом «Останньої імперії» Сергія Плохія 

March 1, 2016. Chornobyl: The Tombstone of the Reckless Empire. 

January 10, 2016. The Daily Beast: Are Russians and Ukrainians the Same People?

December 24, 2015. The Telegraph. The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy, review: 'an indispensable guide to a tragic history'.

December 12, 2015. Голос Америки. Чому імперське бачення веде до війни та що собою являє українська нація - Гарвардський історик.

December 3, 2015. The Independent. The Gates of Europe, A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy, book review.

December 2015. H-Net. Zayarnyuk on Plokhy, 'The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine'.

October 26, 2015. Publishers Weekly. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. 

October 11, 2015. El País. Las sombras del imperio. 

October 8, 2015. Wirtualna Polska. Kulisy rozpadu ZSRR. Serhii Plokhy dla WP: zadecydowały negocjacje przywódców Rosji i Ukrainy.

September 2, 2015. Kirkus Reviews. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. A sympathetic survey of the history of Ukraine along the East-West divide, from ancient divisions to present turmoil.

August 15, 2015. The Future of the Past: The Ukraine Crisis in the Historical Perspective.

May 18, 2015. History of the final days of the USSR wins Pushkin House Russian Book Prize.

May 18, 2015. «Последняя империя» Сергея Плохия была объявлена победителем Русской Книжной Премии Пушкинского Дома 2015.

May 5, 2015. Serhii Plokhii on Hromadske International "The Sunday Show".

April 22, 2015. Scholar Reframes Vision Of Cold War’s End. Serhii Plokhy interviewed by Marta Dyczok. 

April 17, 2015. The Globe and Mail. The Soviet Union didn’t die.

March 30, 2015. Lionel Gelber Prize Announces 25th Anniversary Winner. 

March 6, 2015. Сергій Плохій: «Суспільство, яке сьогодні твориться, вимагає іншої історії…».

March 6, 2015. Pasaulis neišmoko 1938–1939 m. pamokų. O Lietuva? (in Lithuanian) 

March 4, 2015. Serhii Plokhii Discusses 'The Last Empire'. 

March 3, 2015. Тиждень.ua. Для багатьох уперше виникає образ Росії як іншого й дедалі частіше як ворога.

July 27, 2014. The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhii.

July 14, 2014. The Dissolution of the Soviet Union.

June 24, 2014. Chronicling the Last Empire.

June 21, 2014. World History - "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union" - Book TV.

June 9, 2014. The Ghosts of ’91.

June 2, 2014. The Last Empire. The Final Days of the Soviet Union.

June 2, 2014. Then and Now. Ukraine and Russia, Money and Politics.

May 21, 2014. The Moscow Times: Plokhy's 'The last empire' is the best account of the Soviet collapse yet

May 18, 2014. Book Review. Plokhy's 'The Last Empire' Is the Best Account of the Soviet Collapse Yet.

May 12, 2014. The Takeaway. Eastern Ukraine Votes, Pro-Russian Separatists Claim Victory.

May 3, 2014. Сергій Плохій: «Історики мають перейти від пропаганди місцевих «правд» до написання історії нації, де фігуруватимуть усі регіони, включно із Кримом».

February 25, 2014. The New York Times. The West Must Work With Russia.

February 21, 2014. Here & Now. What Ukraine’s History Tells Us About Its Future.

February 21, 2014. The Takeaway. Violence & Political Unrest Continues to Erupt in Ukraine.

February 20, 2014. The Ohio Channel. Ukraine: Headed for Revolution?

February 20, 2014. Bloomberg's Radio. Harvard’s Plokhii Calls Ukraine Violence Unprecedented.

February 20, 2014. Harvard Gazette. Confrontation in Ukraine.

February 19, 2014. National Catholic Register. Ukraine at the Breaking Point: 26 Dead, but Spirit Undefeated.

February 19, 2014. KQED Radio. Violence Grows in Ukraine.

February 19, 2014. National Geographic. Q&A: Ukraine's Dangerous Turn Has Roots in History.

January 27, 2014. Majority Report: Ukraine Protests Explained.

December 27, 2013. National Catholic Register. Ukraine’s ‘Maidan’ Protests Are Spiritual as Well as Political.

December 4, 2013. NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook. Ukraine Splits Over East-West Economic Rivalry.

Christian Raffensperger, HURI Associate

Anne Applebaum, HURI Affiliate

Oxana Shevel, HURI Associate

Nadiya Kravets, HURI Research Fellow

HURI Shapes US View on Ukraine

Olga Onuch, HURI Affiliate

MAPA Project

Yuri Shevchuk, HURI Affiliate

Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor at Slavic Department, Editor at HURI

Volodymyr Sklokin, Shklar Fellow 2014-15

Roman Szporluk, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Emeritus, Harvard University

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