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Bachelor 2020/2021

History of Ukraine

Type: Elective course (History)
Area of studies: History
Delivered by: Department of History
When: 4 year, 3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Anton Kotenko
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus


The course is a survey of history of Ukraine since the early modern period until 1991. While contextualising the history of Ukrainian territory and its multinational population in the context of broader Eastern European history, it familiarises the students with the history of Ukraine and its historiography. The main emphasis of the course is made on the 19 century; in particular, it explores how the concept of modern Ukraine appeared and investigates its competition with other national projects.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aims at familiarising the students with the historiography of history of Ukraine.
  • Students will study the outline of the history of Ukraine.
  • In particular they will explore the history of a concept of modern Ukraine and its main competitors.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be introduced to the history and current state of the historiography of the history of Ukraine.
  • They will learn the outline of history of Ukraine in the early modern and modern period.
  • They will get acquainted with a practical application of ideas of entangled history.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction. Does Ukraine have a history and what does it look like?
  • Ukraine as part of the Commonwealth of two nations. Cossacks, wars, and faith.
  • From ashes to caviar: Ukraine enters the Russian empire.
  • Great Russian discovery of Little Russia.
  • How many Russian nationalities were there in the Romanov empire?
  • Ukrainian question in the Romanov empire.
  • Revolutions and civil wars, 1917–1921.
  • Ukraine as a part of the affirmative action empire.
  • Ukraine in the second half of the XX century. Conclusion.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar discussions
    Seminars are planned as weekly discussions of assigned readings, which will complement the lectures and explore a given topic in in a more comprehensive way.
  • non-blocking Presentation
  • non-blocking Exam
  • non-blocking Roundtable
    The roundtable will take place during the third seminar and will be dedicated to the history of 1709 Battle at Poltava, its consequences and myth.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.3 * Exam + 0.2 * Presentation + 0.1 * Roundtable + 0.4 * Seminar discussions


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Georgiy Kasianov, & Philipp Ther. (2009). Laboratory of Transnational History : Ukraine and Recent Ukrainian Historiography. Central European University Press.
  • Kate Brown. (2003). A Biography of No Place : From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland. Harvard University Press.
  • Lindheim, R., Naukove tovarystvo imeny Shevchenka (Canada), & Luckyj, G. S. N. (1996). Towards an Intellectual History of Ukraine : An Anthology of Ukrainian Thought From 1710 to 1995. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division.
  • Serhii Plokhy. (2001). The Cossacks and Religion in Early Modern Ukraine. OUP Oxford.
  • Yekelchyk, S. (2006). The Body and National Myth: Motifs from the Ukrainian National Revival in the Nineteenth Century. Ab Imperio, 3, 23–54.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Faith Hillis. (2013). Children of Rus’ : Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation. Cornell University Press.
  • Miller, A. I. (2003). The Ukrainian Question : The Russian Empire and Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century. Central European University Press.
  • Plokhy, S. (2005). Unmaking Imperial Russia : Mykhailo Hrushevsky and the Writing of Ukrainian History. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division.
  • Plokhy, S. (2006). The Origins of the Slavic Nations : Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Cambridge University Press.
  • Plokhy, S. (2012). The Cossack Myth : History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires. Cambridge University Press.
  • Plokhy, S. (2014). The Last Empire : The Final Days of the Soviet Union. Oneworld Publications.
  • Yekelchyk, S. (2006). On Transcontinental Travel and Postcolonial Imagination: A Look Back from 2006 on “The Body and National Myth.” Ab Imperio, 3, 55–58. https://doi.org/10.1353/imp.2006.0059
  • Очерк истории Украины в средние века и раннее новое время, Яковенко, Н.Н., 2012
  • Последняя империя. Падение Советского Союза, Плохий, С., Гирик, С., 2016