Ukraine, The EU and Russia History, Culture and International Relations

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Ukrainians reemerged on Europe's political map in 1991 after more than 200 years of direct Russian rule. As there was no "liberation war" and "old regime" elites were not exiled or executed, the legacies of the past weigh-down particularly heavily. Political independence is not matched by economic, cultural and psychological independence. This book surveys the Ukrainian-EU relationship in light of the legacies of Russian rule. It examines interrelationships between identities, loyalties and political/cultural orientations, reviews policies, and identifies salient forces and trends.

Author Biography

STEPHEN VELYCHENKO is Research Fellow, Chair of Ukrainian Studies and CERES Associate at the University of Toronto, Canada.  

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Notes on Contributorsp. viii
Introduction. Ukraine: EU Member or a Second Belarus?p. 1
Eurasianism Then and Now: A Russian Conservative Movement and Its Ukrainian Challengep. 27
'Imperial Culture' and Russian-Ukrainian Unity Mythsp. 52
Ambivalence or Ambiguity?: Why Ukraine Is Trapped Between East and Westp. 70
The Rhetoric of Geography in Ukrainian Literature, 1991-2005p. 89
Managing Memory in Post-Soviet Ukraine: 'Victory Day' or 'Remembrance Day'p. 108
Ukraine's European Policy as an Alternative Choice - Achievements, Mistakes and Prospectsp. 123
The EU's Impact on Democratic Transformation in Ukrainep. 138
The Fraying Lifeline: Ukraine and the European Union a Year After the Failed Constitutional Referendap. 151
Conclusionp. 165
Indexp. 184
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