To be Ukrainian

When the ethnic fashion first caught on in Eastern Europe, the Russian tsar was able to keep a pretty good lid on it in his vast and ethnically fragmented Empire. In Ukraine, slowly the Ukrainian language and other uniquely Ukranian traditions started to be recognized and studied, for example in the University of Kiev, where […]

Serial Questions

It’s proving harder than I thought to pick up where I left off with the series about Ukraine. So in good academic tradition, I thought I’d share my struggle with you, and my research questions, so you can help me get better. In this series I attempt to answer the question: why are Russians and […]

The borderland’s borders

So, as I think I mentioned in the first post of the series on Ukraine, Ukraine as it is today has not been a sovereign state for very long. I’ve found this great list of maps that shows how the borders were laid out from 1400 AD. Please go ahead and study it for a […]

Iranian passengers

The tragedy of the Malaysia Airlines airplane that was shot down on July 17th seems unique in its kind. But it wasn’t the first time a passenger aircraft became involved in a war. In 1988 an Iranian airbus was shot down by the USS Vincennes, a ship that was in the strait of Hormuz to […]

Early Glory

The beginnings of human settlement in Ukraine are quite fascinating. The country has rich farmland and other natural resources, and was much contested by warring nomadic tribes, the Greeks and those coming in the Great Migration of Peoples. We don’t know much about this era, unfortunately, because there are very few primary records. The Scythians, […]