Since the end of the Cold War, Ukraine has emerged as a case study in the dashed dreams of budding democracies. A substantial number of Ukrainians want to stiff-arm Moscow and embrace European-style liberalism; but many others prefer the post-communist status quo: a system of strongmen and corruption. Yale historian Marci Shore lays out the Ukraine paradox in this detailed study of the Maidan protests in Kiev in late 2013 and 2014, and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine. In a style that is by turns journalistic and impressionistic, Shore describes the protesters’ grievances and casualties. Clearly sympathetic to the Ukrainian freedom fighters and skeptical of both Ukrainian strongman Viktor Yanukovych and Russian ruler Vladimir Putin, Shore delivers a compelling account from the perspective of Ukrainians who hope their nation will, one day, embrace the rule of law and achieve political and economic stability.
About the Author
Marci Shore is an associate professor of history at Yale University and award-winning author of Caviar and Ashes and The Taste of Ashes. She has spent much of her adult life in Central and Eastern Europe.