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The first extensive examination in English of the events leading up to Ukraine's independence. Between 1985 and 1991, perestroika and glasnost unleashed forces in Ukraine that were to have a profound impact throughout Eastern Europe. Chapters include: Theories of Nationalism and the Soviet Ukrainian Context Strengths and Weaknesses of the National Movement Ukraine on the Eve of the Gorbachev Era Gorbachev, Dissent and the New Opposition (1987-8) Consolidation (1988-9) The Birth of Mass Politics (1989-90) 1990: Ukrainian Elections and the Rise of a Multi-Party System Stalemate and the Rise of National Communism (1990-1) From Soviet to Independent Ukraine: The Coup and Aftermath Conclusions Taras Kuzio and Andrew Wilson give an outstanding account of the people, groups, events, and forces that shaped this remarkable period in history. Theirs is the first significant account of the dynamics of Ukraine's independence. This achievement is all the more significant because the events taking place in Ukraine during this period have been misunderstood or ignored by Western observers with a centrist bias in their view of the former Soviet Union. At the same time, Kuzio and Wilson examine Ukraine as a case study in nation-building. They have looked at this period within a framework that notes the various plateaus reached along the road to Ukrainian independence. This affords the reader an opportunity to discern the significance of specific developments and to view this dramatic time from a broader perspective. Co-published with Macmillan Press.

About The Authors

Taras Kuzio

Taras Kuzio

Taras Kuzio is author of Ukrainian Security Policy (1995),

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies at The School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) University College London, UK.. He is the author of Ukrainian Nationalism in the 1990s: A Minority …


  1. Olexiy Haran's review in Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Vol. XVII, No. 3-4 (December 1993), pp. 412-413
  2. Andrij Makuch's review in Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Winter 1994), pp. 115-120
  3. Roman Solchanyk's review in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. XLI, No. 1 (March 1999), pp. 88-90

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