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Historical dictionary of Ukraine /
Zenon E. Kohut, Bohdan Y. Nebesio, and Myroslav Yurkevich.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2005.
description
liii, 854 p.
ISBN
0810853876 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2005.
isbn
0810853876 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5391579
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Bohdan Y. Nebesio teaches film in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta and serves as assistant editor of Canadian Slavonis Papers.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2006-02-01:
Considering that Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, it is quite amazing that this work is being published in the series "Historical Dictionaries of Europe" well after dictionaries on, for example, Malta, Lithuania, Albania, and Moldova. This long-needed book is a substantial reference work of some 700 entries by distinguished authors, all associated with the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the Univ. of Alberta. Although called a dictionary because of its alphabetical arrangement, it also serves as a handbook. Coverage extends from the birth of Kyivan (Kievan) Rus to the present, i.e., to the presidential elections of 2004. Entries vary in length from one paragraph to several pages, and cover significant persons, places, and events; institutions; culture; politics; and economics. The main part of the work consists of the dictionary itself; there are also sections of maps, abbreviations and acronyms, a chronology of Ukrainian history, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography of English-language works. Although the entries seem to cover the topic exhaustively, surprising omissions include the lack of an entry for Babyn Yar (Babyi Yar) in Kiev, where some 200,000 people (mostly Jews) were killed by Nazis during WW II. Babyn Yar is only mentioned briefly in the chronology section. Nor is there any mention of the Russian general Andrei Vlasov, who turned against Stalin during WW II and got support among the Ukrainians. Also missing is an entry for the Orange Revolution (although the events are described in the introduction). But that omission may be explained by this work being in press at the time of the events leading to the revolution. Overall this excellent reference work fills a gap in readers' knowledge of an old, large, but lesser-known European state. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; general readers. L. Siegelbaum Harvard University
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The Historical Dictionary of Ukraine, the product of careful, thorough research, is a well-written and comprehensive information resource. As such, it would be a welcome addition to any library that serves both general readers and serious researchers interested in Ukrainian history and culture.
Compiled by Kohut (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, U. of Alberta, Canada), Nebesio (English and film studies, U. of Alberta), and Yurkevich (senior editor of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press), this dictionary presents some 700 entries covering Ukrainian population, geography, economy, politics, and culture; descriptions of institutions, political parties, and military events; and biographical sketches of important figures in politics, culture, the church, and the military. The bulk of the material treats the history of the Ukraine from the 18th century onwards. As in other volumes in the series, the authors also include maps, a chronology, a bibliography, and an introductory essay.
This is the first one-volume book on Ukrainian history in English....This is a great one-volume reference on Ukrainian history that belongs in academic and larger public libraries with a Ukrainian or Easter European reference section.
The Historical Dictionary of Ukraine , the product of careful, thorough research, is a well-written and comprehensive information resource. As such, it would be a welcome addition to any library that serves both general readers and serious researchers interested in Ukrainian history and culture.
A compact, one-volume treasury of facts and balanced interpretation. Clerarly written and objectively argued.... The Historical Dictionary of Ukraine is a resource that no library or student of Eastern Europe should be without. It is simply indispensable and will remain so for many years.
...this resource makes a huge contribution to Ukrainian history and studies....With hundreds of titles, the bibliography is almost a resource in itself. The Historical Dictionary of Ukraine is recommended for larger public libraries and academic libraries that support disciplines in Slavic and Eastern European Studies.
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Summaries
Main Description
Covers Ukrainian history from the earliest times to 2004 with emphasis on the modern period. Introduces Ukraine, through 700 entries, to the reader through a combination of general articles on population, geography, economy, politics, and culture; descriptions of institutions, cultural monuments, political parties, battles and wars; and biographical sketches of key individuals in politics, the arts and sciences, the church, and the military.
Long Description
Although English-language histories of Ukraine have been published since the 1930s, there has been no one-volume compendium of articles covering Ukrainian history from ancient times to the present, emphasizing the modern period. This dictionary introduces Ukraine to the reader through 700 entries on population, geography, economy, politics, and culture; descriptions of institutions, cultural monuments, political parties, battles and wars; and biographical sketches of key individuals in politics, the arts and sciences, the church, and the military. The work includes nine maps and a comprehensive chronology of Ukrainian history. It also features the most extensive and up-to-date bibliography of English-language writings on Ukraine currently in print.Scholars, students, and other readers interested in Ukraine's history will find this comprehensive volume a most useful resource.
Table of Contents
Editor's Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Note on Transliteration, Terminology, and Datesp. xi
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xv
Mapsp. xxiii
Chronologyp. xxxiii
Introductionp. 1
The Dictionaryp. 15
Bibliographyp. 743
About the Authorsp. 853
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