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Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine

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“A beautifully written evocation of Ukraine's brutal past and its shaky efforts to construct a better future.”—Financial Times

Ukraine is gripped in a bloody crisis that has killed tens of thousands, displaced millions, and is transforming the world’s energy policies and security architecture. As celebrated journalist Anna Reid shows in Borderland, this conflict is the latest of many. Ukraine has been a borderland, and a battlefield, for more than seven centuries, from the Mongol invasion of 1240 to the Maidan protests of 2014—and, of course, the devastating Russian invasion of 2022.

In this penetrating book, Reid combines research and her own experiences to chart Ukraine’s tragic past and uncertain future. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin’s famine and of Nazi labor camps, she reveals the layers of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land. From the Polish churches of Lviv to the coal mines of the Donbass to the Tatar shantytowns of Crimea, the book explores Ukraine’s struggle to build itself a national identity. Updated to include firsthand material from the 2022 Russia-Ukraine war, Borderland is essential reading for anyone looking to understand Ukraine and how its history is shaping its destiny. 

ISBN-13: 9781541603486

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 02-07-2023

Pages: 400

Product Dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Anna Reid was Kiev correspondent for the Economist and the Daily Telegraph from 1993 to 1995, and has since covered the country for Newsweek and the Spectator. She is the author of The Shaman’s Coat: A Native History of Siberia, and Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941–44, which has been translated into eighteen languages and shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize. From 1992 to 1996 she ran the foreign affairs program at the London-based think tank Policy Exchange. She is a trustee of the Ukrainian Institute London.