11/30: Serhii Plokhii on “The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine”

Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense battle with Russia to preserve its economic and political independence. But today’s conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine’s existence as a separate nation. Situated between Central Europe and Russia, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that have used it as a strategic gateway between East and West—from the Romans and Ottomans to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, all have engaged in global fights for supremacy on Ukrainian soil. Serhii Plokhii provides a unique insight into the current crisis by examining main trends in Ukraine’s longue durée history.

Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. A leading authority on the history of Eastern Europe, he has published extensively in English, Ukrainian and Russian. Plokhii is the author of several influential monographs, including Yalta: The Price of Peace (2010); The Cossack Myth: History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires (2012), and The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (2014). Plokhii’s books won numerous awards, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs, and Pushkin House (London) Russian Book Prize (2015). Plokhii’s most recent book, The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine will be released by the Basic Books and Penguin in November 2015.

Please also consider attending “Building an Education Marshall Plan for Ukraine,” hosted by the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute from 2:30pm-3:30pm.

The seminar meets at 4:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop.

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year. See www.nationalhistorycenter.org for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support.  Reservations requested because of limited seating.