Understanding the Crises in Ukraine - Additional Resources

Books - History and Politics

Anna Reid, 1997, Borderland.

Orlando Figes, 2010, The Crimean War.

Orlando Figes, 2022, The Story of Russia. 

Constantine Pleshakov. 2017. The Crimean Nexus: Putin’s War and the Clash of Civilizations. Yale University Press.

Mark Galeotti. 2022. Putin’s Wars: From Chechnya to Ukraine. Osprey.

Serhii Plokhy. 2021. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. Revised edition. Basic Books.

Timothy Frye. 2021. Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia. Princeton University Press.

M. Hrushevsky, 1941, A History of Ukraine.

The Economist. 2022. Six books that explain the history and culture of Ukraine; A Ukrainian reading list.

Online Course: The Making of Modern Ukraine

Timothy Snyder at Yale University (author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin) recorded his Fall 2022 course, The Making of Modern Ukraine. It’s viewable on YouTube https://online.yale.edu/courses/making-modern-ukraine and available as a podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-making-of-modern-ukraine/id1653131950.

Syllabus and reading list for the course: https://snyder.substack.com/p/syllabus-of-my-ukraine-lecture-class

Origins - Early Humans and Slavs: Primary Source Publications

Nikitin AG, Videiko MY, Patterson N, Renson V, Reich DE. (2023) Interactions between Trypillian farmers and North Pontic forager-pastoralists in Eneolithic central Ukraine. PlosOne: 10.1371/journal.pone.0285449

Nikitin AG, Ivanova S. (2023) Long-distance exchanges along the Black Sea coast in the Eneolithic and the steppe genetic ancestry problem. Cambridge Open Engage, 10.33774/coe-2022-7m315

Nikitin AG, Ivanova S. (2022) The origins and chronology of the Usatove culture. Archaeologia Lituana 23: 148-156, https://doi.org/10.15388/ArchLit.2022.23.9

Nikitin AG, Ivanova S, Culleton B, Potekhina I, Reich DE. (2022) Radiocarbon dating and stable isotope analysis of human remains from the Usatovo culture site of Mayaki in Ukraine. SSRN Electronic Journal, https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4236123

Mattila T. et al. (2022) Genetic continuity, isolation and gene flow in Stone Age Eastern Europe. Research Square, https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-1966812/v1

Lazaridis, I. et al. (2022) The genetic history of the Southern Arc: a bridge between West Asia and Europe. Science 377 (6609), doi/10.1126/science.abm4247

Lazaridis, I. et al. (2022). A genetic probe into the ancient and medieval history of Southern Europe and West Asia. Science 377 (6609), doi/10.1126/science.abq0755 

Nikitin AG, Stadler P, Kotova N, Teschler-Nicola M, Price TD, Hoover J, Kennett D, Lazaridis I, Rohland N, Lipson M, & Reich D. (2019) Interactions between earliest Linearbandkeramik farmers and central European hunter gatherers at the dawn of European Neolithization. Scientific Reports 9(1):19544, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-56029-2

Krzewinska M. et al. (2018) Ancient genomes suggest the eastern Pontic-Caspian steppe as the source of western Iron Age Nomads. Science Advances 4 (10): eaat4457, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat4457

Mathieson I. et al. (2018) The Genomic History of Southeastern Europe. Nature 555: 197-203, doi:10.1038/nature25778.

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