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Welcome, HUSI Class of 2016!

Grace Mahoney

The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) has officially begun its 2016 program, with the summer session starting on June 18. The students in this year’s class - the 46th for HUSI - come from all over the United States and Ukraine, bringing their unique talents and interests to form a dynamic and ambitious group.

Our HUSI program offers two main tracks: An 8-credit Ukrainian language course (with Volodymyr Dibrova) that prepares students to conduct graduate research with Ukrainian documents, and two 4-credit subject matter courses exploring the history, politics, and culture of Ukraine. Our 2016 subject classes are “Revolutionary Ukraine: Avant-garde Literature and Film from 1917 to the Euromaidan of 2014” (George G. Grabowicz) and “Society, Culture, and Politics in Modern Ukraine” (Serhiy Bilenky).

Meet the Three REECA Grads Who Researched in Ukraine

Christine Jacobson feature

Congratulations to all of this year’s graduates! In particular, HURI would like to recognize three 2016 Master’s degree graduates who carried out research in Ukraine during the summer of 2015.

Christine Jacobson, Matthew Kupfer, and Cressida Arkwright - all students in the Russian, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA) Master’s program - traveled to Ukraine last summer to complete research for their theses. They each received financial support from the HURI and the Davis Center to pursue their projects. The research they conducted provided valuable data for their Master’s theses, the culmination of their studies at Harvard.

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.

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

Ties of Kinship

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.

Book List by Author


Titles marked by an asterisk (*) are available directly from HURI.

Abramson, Henry, A Prayer for the Government: Jews and Ukrainians in Revolutionary Times; ISBN 0-916458-88-1 (cloth) $36.95

Altbauer, Moshe, and Horace Lunt, eds., An Early Slavonic Psalter from Rus', Volume I; ISBN 0-674223-10-1 (cloth) $7.95

Altbauer, Moshe, with Ihor Sevcenko and Bohdan Struminsky, An Orthodox Pomjanyk of the Seventeenth–Eighteenth Centuries; ISBN 0-916458-32-6 (cloth) $7.95

*Balmaceda, Margarita M., et al., eds., Independent Belarus: Domestic Determinants, Regional Dynamics, and Implications for the West; ISBN 0-916458-94-6 (paper) $26.50

*Beauplan, Guillaume Le Vasseur, Sieur de, with Andrew B. Pernal and Dennis F. Essar trans. and annot., A Description of Ukraine; ISBN 0-916458-44-X (cloth) $78.95 Facsimile edition and Ukrainian translation (sold as a set), ISBN 0-916458-39-3, ISBN 0916458-40-7 (small format, cloth) $5.00

*Bociurkiw, Bohdan R., Ukrainian Churches under Soviet Rule: Two Case Studies; ISBN 0-9609822-3-X (paper booklet) $1.00

*Bohachevsky-Chomiak, Martha, Political Communities and Gendered Ideology in Contemporary Ukraine; ISBN 0-916458-72-5 (paper booklet) $5.50

Czaplicka, John, Lviv: A City in the Crosscurrents of Culture; ISBN 0-916458-97-0 (cloth) $39.95

*Featherstone, Jeffrey, trans., with an introduction by A. E. Tachiaos, The Life of Paisij Velyckovs'kyj; ISBN 0-916458-36-9 (paper) $18.95

Fizer, John, Alexander A. Potebnja's Psycholinguistic Theory of Literature: A Metacritical Inquiry; ISBN 0-916458-16-4 (cloth) $20.95

*Franklin, Simon, Sermons and Rhetoric of Kievan Rus'; ISBN 0-916458-41-5 (paper) $18.95

Frick, David A., intro., The Collected Works of Meletij Smotryc'kyj (facsimile); ISBN 0916458-20-2 (cloth) $15.00

*Frick, David A., intro., The Jevanhelije ucytelnoje of Meletij Smotryc'kyj (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-21-0 (cloth) $15.00

Frick, David A., Meletij Smotryc'kyj; ISBN 0-916458-55-5 (cloth) $33.50; ISBN 0916458-60-1 (paper) $18.95

*From Kievan Rus' to Modern Ukraine: The Formation of the Ukrainian Nation; ISBN 0-9609822-2-1 (pamphlet) $1.00

*Gajecky, George, The Cossack Administration of the Hetmanate; ISBN 0-916458-02-4 (2-part set; paper) $10.00

Gitelman, Zvi, et al., eds., Cultures and Nations of Central and Eastern Europe: Essays in Honor of Roman Szporluk; ISBN 0-916458-93-8 (cloth) $26.50

Grabowicz, George G., The Poet as Mythmaker: A Study of Symbolic Meaning in Taras Sevcenko; ISBN 0-674678-52-4 (cloth) $21.00

Grabowicz, George G., Towards a History of Ukrainian Literature; ISBN 0-674896-769 (paper) $7.95

Graziosi, Andrea, The Great Soviet Peasant War: Bolsheviks and Peasants, 1917–1933;

ISBN 0-916458-83-0 (paper booklet) $5.50

Grimsted, Patricia Kennedy, Trophies of War and Empire: The Archival Heritage of Ukraine, World War II, and the International Politics of Restitution; ISBN 0-916458-768 (paper) $19.95

Gudziak, Borys A., Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest; ISBN 0-916458-92-X (paper) $24.95

Hajda, Lubomyr A., ed., Ukraine in the World: Studies in the International Relations and Security Structure of a Newly Independent State; ISBN 0-916458-89-X (paper) $19.95

Heppell, Muriel, trans. and intro., The Paterik of the Kievan Caves Monastery; ISBN 0916458-27-X (cloth) $18.95

Herlihy, Patricia, Odessa: A History; ISBN 0-916458-15-6 (cloth) $30.50; ISBN 0916458-43-1 (paper) $18.95

Heuman, Susan, Kistiakovsky: The Struggle for National and Constitutional Rights in the Last Years of Tsarism; ISBN 0-916458-61-X (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0-916458-65-2 (paper) $18.95

Himka, John-Paul, Socialism in Galicia: The Emergence of Polish Social Democracy and Ukrainian Radicalism (1860–1890); ISBN 0-916458-07-5 (paper) $18.95

*Hogan, Ed, et al., eds., From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine; ISBN 0939010-53-4 (cloth) $24.95; ISBN 0-939010-52-6 (paper) $12.95

Hollingsworth, Paul, trans. and intro., The Hagiography of Kievan Rus'; ISBN 0916458-28-8 (cloth) $30.50; ISBN 0-916458-52-0 (paper) $18.95

Hunczak, Taras, ed., The Ukraine, 1917–1921: A Study in Revolution; ISBN 0-67492009-0 $14.50

*Hvat, Ivan, The Catacomb Ukrainian Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II; ISBN 09609822-5-6 (pamphlet) $1.00

Ilnytzkyj, Oleh S., Ukrainian Futurism, 1914–1921: A Historical and Critical Study;

ISBN 0-916458-56-3 (cloth) $36.95; ISBN 0-916458-59-8 (paper) $17.95

Kami´nski, A. S., Republic vs. Autocracy: Poland-Lithuania and Russia, 1686–1697; ISBN 0-916458-45-8 (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0-916458-49-0 (paper) $18.95

Keenan, Edward L., Josef Dobrovsk´y and the Origins of the Igor' Tale; ISBN 0916458-96-2 (cloth) $49.95

Kohut, Zenon E., Russian Centralism and Ukrainian Autonomy: Imperial Absorption of the Hetmanate, 1760s–1830s; ISBN 0-916458-17-2 (cloth) $28.50

Kolodziejczyk, Dariusz, The Ottoman Survey Register of Podolia (ca. 1681) = Defter-i Mufassal-i Eyalet-i Kamanice; ISBN 0-916458-78-4 (2 parts set; cloth)

*Koropeckyj, I. S., ed., Selected Contributions of Ukrainian Scholars to Economics; ISBN 0-916458-10-5 (cloth) $14.00

Koropeckyj, I. S., ed., Ukrainian Economic History: Interpretive Essays; ISBN 0916458-35-0 (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0-916458-63-6 (paper) $18.95

Koropeckyj, I. S., ed., The Ukrainian Economy: Achievements, Problems, Challenges; ISBN 0-916458-51-2 (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0-916458-57-1 (paper) $18.95

Lewin, Paulina, intro., Seventeenth-Century Writings on the Kievan Caves Monastery (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-24-5 (cloth) $15.00

Lunt, Horace, and Moshe Taube, The Slavonic Book of Esther; ISBN 0-916458-80-6 (cloth) $42.00

Lutsenko, Yuri, intro., Hryhorij Hrabjanka's The Great War of Bohdan Khmel'nyc'kyj (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-38-5 (cloth) $15.00

Lysheha, Oleh, James Brasfield and author, trans., Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha; ISBN 0-916458-90-3 (paper) $13.50

Mace, James, Communism and the Dilemmas of National Liberation: National Communism in Soviet Ukraine, 1918–1933; ISBN 0-91648-09-1 (cloth) $28.50 (can also be ordered from HUP)

*Magocsi, Paul Robert, ed., The Ukrainian Experience in the U.S.: A Symposium; ISBN 0-916458-04-0 (cloth) $5.00

Markovits, Andrei S., and Frank E. Sysyn, eds., Nationbuilding and the Politics of Nationalism: Essays on Austrian Galicia; ISBN 0-6746031-12-5 (paper) $18.95

Morozov, Kostiantyn P., Above and Beyond: From Soviet General to Ukrainian State Builder; ISBN 0-916458-77-6 (cloth) $31.50

Morozov, Kostiantyn, et al., The Military Tradition in Ukrainian History: Its Role in the Construction of Ukraine's Armed Forces; ISBN 0-916458-73-3 (paper booklet) $5.50

*Motyl, Alexander J., Making Ukraine, and Remaking It; ISBN 0-916458-99-7 (paper booklet) $5.00

Ostrowski, Donald, ed. and col., with David Birnbaum and Horace G. Lunt, The Povest' vremennykh let: An Interlinear Collation and Paradosis; ISBN 0-916458-91-1 (3-part set; cloth) $125.00

Plokhy, Serhii, Tsars and Cossacks: A Study in Iconography; ISBN 0-916458-95-4 (paper) $18.95

Pritsak, Omeljan, intro., The Old Rus' Kievan and Galician-Volhynian Chronicles (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-37-7 (cloth) $15.00

Pritsak, Omeljan, The Origins of the Old Rus' Weights and Monetary Systems; ISBN 0916458-48-2 (cloth) $30.50

Pritsak, Omeljan and Orest Subtelny, intros., The Diariusz podro·zny and Other Writings of Pylyp Orlyk (facsimile); 0-916458-25-3 (cloth) $15.00 (vol. 5); ISBN 0916458-26-1 (cloth) $15.00 (vol. 6); vol. 7 withdrawn Pritsak, Omeljan and Bohdan Struminsky, intro., Lev Krevza's Obrona iednosci cierkiewney and Zaxarija Kopystens'kyj's Palinodija (facsimile); ISBN 0-916458-22-9 (cloth) $15.00

Pugh, Stefan M., Testament to Ruthenian: A Linguistic Analysis of the Smotryc'kyj Variant; ISBN 0-916458-75-X (cloth) $42.00

Rieger, Janusz A., A Lexical Atlas of the Hutsul Dialects of the Ukrainian Language;

ISBN 8-386619-90-2 (paper) $39.95

Rosman, M. J., The Lords' Jews: Magnate-Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 18th Century; ISBN 0-916458-18-0 (cloth) $34.50; ISBN 0916458-47-4 (paper) $18.95

*Sevcenko, Ihor, Byzantine Roots of Ukrainian Christianity; ISBN 0-9609822-4-8 (paper booklet) $1.00

Sevcenko, Ihor, Byzantium and the Slavs: In Letters and in Culture; ISBN 0-916458-121 (cloth) $52.50

*Sevcenko, Ihor, The Many Worlds of Peter Mohyla; ISBN 0-9609822-7-2 (paper booklet) $1.00

Shandor, Vincent, Carpatho-Ukraine in the Twentieth Century; ISBN 0-916458-86-5 (cloth) $34.50

*Shcherbak, Yuri, The Strategic Role of Ukraine: Diplomatic Addresses and Lectures (1994–1997); ISBN 0-916458-85-7 (paper) $13.00

Shevelov, George Y., The Ukrainian Language in the First Half of the Twentieth Century (1900–1941): Its State and Status; ISBN 0-916458-30-X (cloth) $28.50

Snyder, Timothy, Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1872–1905); ISBN 0-916458-84-9 (paper) $18.95

Strumi´nski, Bohdan, trans. and intro., Lev Krevza's Defense of Church Unity and Zaxarija Kopystens'ky's Palinodia; ISBN 0-916458-29-6 (cloth) $60.90

Struminsky, Bohdan, Pseudo-Melesko: A Ukrainian Apocryphal Parliamentary Speech of 1615–1618; ISBN 0-916458-11-3 (cloth) $7.50

*Sysyn, Frank E., History, Culture, and Nation: An Examination of Seventeenth-Century Ukrainian History Writing; ISBN 0-940465-03-5 (paper booklet) $1.00

*Sysyn, Frank E., The Ukrainian Orthodox Question in the USSR; ISBN 0-940465-02-7 (paper booklet) $1.00

Veder, William R., trans., with introductions by William R. Veder and Anatolij A. Turilov, The Edificatory Prose of Kievan Rus'; ISBN 0-916458-54-7 (cloth) $30.50; ISBN 0-916458-58-X (paper) $18.95

Walicki, Andrzej, Poland Between East and West: The Controversies over Self-Definition and Modernization in Partitioned Poland; ISBN 0-916458-71-7 (paper booklet) $5.50

*Williams, George H., Protestants in the Ukrainian Lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; ISBN 0-940465-05-1 (paper booklet) $1.00

Wolowyna, Oleh, ed., Ethnicity and National Identity: Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics of Persons with Ukrainian Mother Tongue in the United States; ISBN 0916458-14-8 (cloth) $7.95

*Zilyns'kyj, Ivan, Wolodymyr T. Zyla and Wendell M. Aycock, trans., A Phonetic Description of the Ukrainian Language; ISBN 0-674666-12-7 (paper) $14.50

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IN THE MEDIA

Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director

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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