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The Man with the Poison Gun: Q and A with Serhii Plokhii

Stashinsky

The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story, Serhii Plokhy’s latest publication, tells the captivating story of Bohdan Stashinsky, a KGB assassin who eventually defected to the West. The product of meticulous archival research, the book sheds new light on this thrilling real-life drama.

While there are good reasons to associate a KGB assassin with a cold-blooded killer, Stashinsky’s path to that role was far more complicated and tragic. Forced to cooperate in order to save his family from arrest, he agreed to be a KGB informant and was subsequently groomed to serve as an assassin. His later defection and trial is a story filled with intrigue and political implications at the highest levels of the Soviet regime.

We sat down with Serhii Plokhy to ask him a few questions about the book, his research process, and the interesting surprises he uncovered.

Видання УНІГУ Летять в Україну

HURI Publications

Український науковий інститут Гарвардського університету - невіддільна частина американської академічної та освітньої системи, але Інститут завжди був свідомий свого коріння і радо ділиться з українськими науковцями всіма своїми надбаннями і здобутками. Адже в основі розвитку будь-якої науки лежить вільний обмін ідеями. Й можна навести багато прикладів того, як монографії та інші видання УНІГУ стимулювали українознавчі дослідження в самій Україні. Щоправда, не всі університети й бібліотеки мають достатньо коштів на закупівлю монографій, виданих в Гарварді. Тому їхнє безкоштовне розповсюдження є важливою складовою діяльності УНІГУ.

Зокрема, раз на кілька років ми надсилаємо в Україну всі свої публікації й частину книжок із бібліотечних фондів. А в 2007 році, наприклад, коли Інститут перебирався в своє нове приміщення, 50 українських університетських та публічних бібліотек одержали зібрання наукових видань УНІГУ, повний комплект журналу «Harvard Ukrainian Studies» («HUS», «Гарвардські українознавчі дослідження») та багато періодики з різних країн Європи та Північної Америки.

"(Re)mapping Spaces of Memory in Ukraine after the Euromaidan" by Viktoriya Sereda

Viktoriya Sereda

Viktoriya Sereda, HURI MAPA Project Research Fellow, describes the research she shared in her Seminar in Ukrainian Studies presentation, which was held on January 30, 2017.

During the Euromaidan and its aftermath, when public activism reached its peak, new spontaneous, grassroots local initiatives aimed at the creation of a new heroic cult emerged. Support for this cult still would vary in different parts of Ukraine, since the Euromaidan itself did not have an equal degree of support in all oblasts. Very soon, this heroic narrative was complemented by another, more powerful, one, which was associated with the Russian aggression in Donbass, since the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) directly affected much wider circles of Ukrainian society. For the first time, Ukraine has started to form a cult of heroes commonly accepted in practically all regions. However, this cult does have some limitations, excluding people who have an alternative interpretation of events.

Ukraine: Is It Really East and West?

Leninfall

From public discourse to political statements, people discussing Ukraine often talk about the East and the West. Indeed, there is a widespread belief that Ukraine has sharp regional differences, that the country is split in two along the lines of language, historical narratives, economic values, geopolitical orientations, and so on. But is the country really divided in this way? And, if not, why did it become a common conception?

Viktoriya Sereda, HURI fellow, has assessed the roots of this habit and has identified some of its effects on scholarly analysis. Her work attempts to overcome some of the obstacles created by the tendancy to divide the country into macro-regions.

Memorable Moments from ASEEES 2016

Michael Flier at ASEEES

The 2016 Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Convention, themed “Global Conversations,” was held in Washington, DC on November 17-20. This annual meeting brings together experts in the field to participate in panel discussions, showcase their publications, and connect with peers.

The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute was well-represented at this year’s convention. Our faculty, staff, associates, and other colleagues participated in panels, displayed our publications, and held a special event in honor of George G. Grabowicz. Read on to learn more about how Ukrainian studies were showcased at ASEEES.

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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Monday, February 27, 2017 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Beyond Biological Citizenship: Public Health in Ukraine in Wartime
Jennifer Carroll, Brown University
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Full Calendar

IN THE MEDIA

Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director

December 22, 2016. Foreign Policy. The Dissolution: Why Did the Collapse of the Soviet Union Go So Wrong? 

December 22, 2016. Wall Street Journal. Serhii Plokhy on Soviet espionage.

December 22, 2016. Boston Globe. Book Review: Assassination 101, KGB style.

December 21, 2016. New Pathway. Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture 2016.

December 6, 2016. Voice of America. Interview: 25 лет после распада СССР: «Историю обмануть не удалось».

December 1, 2016. Україна Модерна. Сергій Плохій: “Україна змінюється: я відчуваю себе тут сьогодні більш-менш нормальним істориком України, який не мусить платити за свої тексти.”

October 1, 2016. Укрінформ. Україна має союзників для побудови відносин з адміністрацією Трампа.

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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