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Readings on Ukraine

In an effort to deepen knowledge in social and cultural history of Ukraine, and to show our solidarity with the Ukrainian peoples, we are offering free access to these relevant journal articles and book chapters that focus on social and historical issues in Ukraine.

The War Diaries of Bernhard Bardach, 1914-1918
Bernhard Bardach
Translated and Edited by Peter C. Appelbaum
Foreword by Jay Winter
Introduction by Helmut Konrad

For nearly all of the Great War, the Jewish doctor Bernhard Bardach served with the Austro-Hungarian army in present-day Ukraine. His diaries from that period, unpublished and largely overlooked until now, represent a distinctive and powerful record of daily life on the Eastern Front.

Chapter 4. 1917: Winter in Ukraine—Inspections—Blockade—Worsening Shortages

The Many Faces of Women in Contemporary Ukraine
Edited by Marian J. Rubchak
Foreword by Catherine Wanner

“With [this volume] Marian J. Rubchak has begun filling a long-standing void in the post-Soviet gender literature with a diverse collection dedicated solely to the understanding of women’s positions in Ukraine. Rubchak was one of the earliest Western observers of women’s issues in Ukraine and…among the first to gauge its feminist potential. Her edited volume also recognizes the significance of the sustained transnational and cross-cultural conversations between women scholars and activists that have ensued…[It] succeeds in discerning a feminist concern that stems from the contradictions inherent in women’s efforts to support Ukrainian nation building while simultaneously striving to promote women’s true equality.”  ·  Journal of Ukrainian Studies

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Chapter 5. Biography as Political Geography: Patriotism in Ukranian Women’s Life Stories
Oksana Kis’

Eastern Perspectives
Edited by Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak
Foreword by Jeffrey Olick

“[This volume] addresses memory and cultural transformations from an eastern point of view… [and] illuminates very different aspects of the problems Eastern European researchers face identifying  national crossroads of diverging memories and the necessity of coming to terms with a surfeit of memories which had not hitherto been publicly articulated or acknowledged.” · European History Quarterly

Chapter 9. Shared Memory Culture? Nationalizing the ‘Great Patriotic War’ in the Ukrainian-Russian Borderlands    
Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Youthful Reinvention of Ukraine’s Cultural Paradigm
Edited and Translated by Marian J. Rubchak
Foreword by Martha Kichorowska Kebalo

“Without doubt, this volume offers pioneering contributions and fills gaps on the subject of women in the Ukraine. It thus contributes to opening up a new era in the research on gender in the Ukraine. It is obvious that we can count on Rubchak to continue gathering publications on women in the Ukraine, and we look forward to reading the analyses of the cultural changes to come.” • Genre & Histoire

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Bukovina and the Politics of Belonging in West Germany and Israel, 1945–1989
Gaëlle Fisher

Located on the border of present-day Romania and Ukraine, the historical region of Bukovina was the site of widespread displacement and violence as it passed from Romanian to Soviet hands and back again during World War II. This study focuses on two groups of “Bukovinians”—ethnic Germans and German-speaking Jews—as they navigated dramatically changed political and social circumstances in and after 1945. Through comparisons of the narratives and self-conceptions of these groups, Resettlers and Survivors gives a nuanced account of how they dealt with the difficult legacies of World War II, while exploring Bukovina’s significance for them as both a geographical location and a “place of memory.”

Chapter 4. ‘Lost Home’ and ‘Area of Expulsion’: Compensating for Loss at the Height of the Cold War

Buchenwald, Babi Yar, Lidice
Jessica Rapson

This book examines the Holocaust via three sites of murder by the Nazis: the former concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany; the mass grave at Babi Yar, Ukraine; and the razed village of Lidice, Czech Republic. Bringing together recent scholarship from cultural memory and cultural geography, the author focuses on the way these violent histories are remembered, allowing these sites to emerge as dynamic transcultural landscapes of encounter in which difficult pasts can be represented and comprehended in the present.

Chapter 4. Marginalized Memories

Journal Articles

Berghahn Journals is offering free access to the following relevant articles until September 30, 2022.


Geopolitical Transition of the European Body in Ukraine
Nadzeya Husakouskaya (Vol. 28, Issue 1)
DOI: 10.3167/ajec.2019.280110

Open Access!

Love and Sex in Wartime: Controlling Women’s Sexuality in the Ukrainian Nationalist Underground
Marta Havryshko (Vol. 12)
DOI: 10.3167/asp.2018.120103


Underground waterlines: Explaining political quiescence of Ukrainian labor unions
Denys Gorbach (Vol. 2019, Issue 84)
DOI: 10.3167/fcl.2019.840103


Special Issue: A Thematic Issue about Central and Eastern European Societies (Vol. 10, Issue 2)

Social Quality in a Transitive Society: The Role of the State
Valeriy Heyets (Vol. 9, Issue 1)
DOI: 10.3167/IJSQ.2019.090103

Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation: An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine
Zuzana Novakova (Vol. 7, Issue 2)
DOI: 10.3167/IJSQ.2017.070202


Global inequality and policy selectivity in the periphery: The case of Ukrainian reforms in higher education
Viktoriia Muliavka (Vol. 12, Issue 1)
DOI: 10.3167/latiss.2019.120104


The Ukrainian divide: The power of historical narratives, imagined communities, and collective memories
Alina Penkala, Ilse Derluyn, and Ine Lietaert (Vol. 10, Issue 3)
DOI: 10.3167/reco.2020.100311


Liberalism in fragments: Oligarchy and the liberal subject in Ukrainian news journalism
Taras Fedirko (Vol. 29, Issue 2)
DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.13063

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