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Chornobyl: The Tombstone of the Reckless Empire by Serhii Plokhii

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As the world prepares to mark the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in its history – the explosion and partial meltdown of the nuclear reactor at the Chornobyl power station in Ukraine – there is a temptation to celebrate that date as well. The half-life of cesium-137, one of the most harmful nuclides released during the accident, is approximately 30 years. It is the longest “living” isotope of cesium that has the ability to affect the human body through external exposure and ingestion. The other deadly isotopes present in the disaster have long passed their half-life stages: Iodine 131 after eight days and cesium-134 after two years. Cesium-137 is the last out of that deadly trio of isotopes.

Study Ukrainian at Harvard with HUSI’s 46th Class: June 18 - August 6

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On June 18, the 2016 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) will open its doors to admitted students, continuing a tradition that spans nearly five decades. The seven-week summer program offers advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals a unique chance to study intensive Ukrainian language and subject courses at Harvard University. “My participation in the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute was definitely one of the most enriching experiences of my life,” said Vira Byy, a former HUSI participant. “As a young person from Ukraine, that experience was truly a door opener: it brought me right into a superior level of academia and international affairs, and also gave me a much deeper understanding of where Ukraine stands on the global map, in terms of its political activities, complex history, and abundant cultural heritage.”

"Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus'" by Christian Raffensperger

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The warp and weft of political and social relationships among the medieval elite were formed by marriages made between royal families. Ties of Kinship establishes a new standard for tracking the dynastic marriages of the ruling family of Rus´—the descendants of Volodimer (Volodimerovichi). Utilizing a modern scholarly approach and a broad range of primary sources from inside and outside Rus´, Christian Raffensperger (former Shklar Fellow) has created a fully realized picture of the Volodimerovichi from the tenth through the twelfth centuries and the first comprehensive, scholarly treatment of the subject in English.
This volume makes a unique contribution to our understanding of Medieval Europe and Kyivan Rus’. With over 22 genealogical charts, the book provides an unprecedented resource for study into the dynastic marriages between royal families of Rus’ and of kingdoms throughout the rest of Europe.

Festschrift to Honor George G. Grabowicz Released

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ЖНИВА: Essays Presented in Honor of George G. Grabowicz on His Seventieth Birthday has been published as volumes 32–33 of HURI's journal Harvard Ukrainian Studies. The two-volume set contains 49 essays in tribute to Grabowicz's distinguished contribution to the field of Ukrainian studies, and itself provides an exemplary overview of the state of the field at present. Fifty scholars from Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Canada, and the United States examine a range of subjects that reflect Grabowicz' own interests.

"The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine" by Serhii Plokhy

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Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense fight with Russia to preserve its territorial integrity and political independence. But today’s conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine’s territory and its existence as a sovereign nation. As the award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine’s past in order to understand its present and future. Situated between Central Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that used it as a strategic gateway between East and West—from the Roman and Ottoman empires to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union.

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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IN THE MEDIA

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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