By Paul Kubicek
Ukraine's fight for a countrywide identification plagued this former Soviet Union kingdom lengthy earlier than the chilly struggle shook the realm. Its vital position among japanese Europe and Western Asia invited many various cultures to settle the land, eventually populating a strong early medieval society often called Kievan Rus. besides the fact that, readers will learn the way Kievan Rus's Golden Age quick crumbled with a long time of Mongol invasions, Polish-Lithuanian profession, and Russian empirical ruling. discover how Ukraine flirted with independence within the early twentieth century, merely to be fast taken over by means of harsh Soviet rule in 1922. regardless of its independence from the USSR in 1991, devastating results of the socialist rule have allowed the realm to witness Ukraine's ceaseless efforts to achieve a sturdy govt, suffering in the course of the poisoning of Viktor Yushchenko, rigged elections, and the Orange Revolution. Kubicek's survey is accomplished and concise-a ideal source for prime institution scholars and undergrads, in addition to normal readers seeking to extra their wisdom of this up-and-coming nation.