The gates of europe a history of ukraine basic books 2015 by serhii plokhy a good history of ukraine and its changing lands from kievan rus through the mongol invasion through the changing power of galicia volhynia poland lithuania the cossack hetmanate the ukrainian ssr and into modern ukraine. No one can understand todays sad tangled confrontation over ukraine without some knowledge of the complex crosscut ting influences that have shaped eastern europe over the millennia for that history readers can find no better place to turn than plokhys new bookplokhy begins all the way back in the fifth century bc exploring the origins of the slavs and then gives equal weight to . The gates of europe a history of ukraine is a comprehensive guide to the history of one of europes most hotly contested borderlands playing an important part in the foundational culture of europe ukraine is a country that has faced many obstacles in its path to independence that would have shaken others of lesser ilk. Just before christmas i came across a good general history book on ukraine it is called the gates of europe a history of ukraine by serhii plokhy published 2015 by penguin isbn 978 0 141 98061 4 i am sure many of you know this book but i have not seen it mentioned as a reference i am only half way through it seems well written and balanced. The gates of europe a history of ukraine serhii plokhy allen lane pp395 gbp25 at the beginning of the historical record the lands that we now call ukraine were a reservoir of fantasy
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