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A people steeped in history,
This review is from: The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback)
This book goes a long way towards explaining the complexity of Ukraine, a nation that is divided in accepting or rejecting the different identities the world knows of it. Is it the craddle of Russian civilization that includes present day Ukraine, Russia and Belarus or is it the frontier(eastern Ukraine in particular) where eastern slavs (progenitors of Ukrainians, Russians and Belarusiians) escaped to from suppresive powers of overloards (Poland and Russian princes, or is it the center where a new set of Russians-western Ukriane (Ukrainians or Ruthenians or Little Russians) came into being from the amalgamation of foreign influnces (Polish, Lithanian, Slovakian, Austria,Hungaria etc)?
From Gogol's work-TARAS BULBA one can get a picture of how easterners view themselves as Ukrainians (orthodox,eastern slavonic who fraternalise with their other eastern slavonic brothers) and who have been prominent in Russian or east slavic history(Yermak, Krushchev, Breshnev etc). UNION MOUJIK is another that gives a clearer picture of the divide. Two brothers in the same house with one brother stressing on their roots and those they share common roots with(east), and the other brother attaching importance to the influences picked up in the past(west)
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