A classic and vivid history of Ukraine, fully updated to cover the
Euromaidan Revolution in 2014 and ongoing crisis in the Donbass.
Centre of the first great Slav civilisation in the tenth century,
then divided between warring neighbours for a millennium, Ukraine
finally won independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Tiring of their own corrupt governments, Ukrainians have since
mounted two popular revolutions, taking to the streets to demand
fair elections and closer ties to Europe. In the spring of 2014,
Russia responded by invading Crimea and sponsoring a civil war in
the Russian-speaking Donbass. Threatened by Moscow, misunderstood
in the West, Ukraine hangs once more in the balance. Speaking to
pro-democracy activists and pro-Russia militiamen, peasants and
miners, survivors of Hitler's Holocaust and Stalin's famine, Anna
Reid combines history and travel-writing to unpick the past and
present of this bloody and complex borderland.