NCW Libraries has chosen to pause its normal social media posting today (Friday, Feb. 25) as a show of support to the people of Ukraine and to allow the focus to stay on the current conflict in the embattled country.
To help you better understand the long history of conflict and national identity in that region of Eastern Europe, we have curated this list of resources in our library collection, as well as other trusted information sources.
The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy
Empires have waged global battles for supremacy on Ukrainian soil for centuries. Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy examines Ukraine’s search for identity in this definitive look at the history, people and culture of this embattled nation.
Ukraine’s Maidan, Russia’s War by Mychailo Wynnyckyj
In early 2014, sparked by an assault by their government on peaceful students, Ukrainians rose up against a Moscow-backed regime and established a new Ukrainian identity.
Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum
In 1929, Stalin launched his policy of agriculture collectivism, forcing millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. More than 3 million Ukrainians died as a result of the action.
Documentaries on Kanopy
The unfolding Ukraine-Russia Crisis Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius explores a century of conflict as well as the history of ethnic divisions within Ukraine and Russia’s attitude toward former Soviet territory.
A Sniper’s War An award-winning look at the unseen side of escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Breaking Point: the War for Democracy in Ukraine Documentary looks at people transformed by a democratic revolution.
Maidan: Uprising in Ukraine Acclaimed filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa chronicles the civil uprising that toppled the government of Ukraine President Victor Yankovich and has since developed into the current crisis between Russia and the West.
The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation by UCLA Professor Andrew Wilson