The Making of Modern Ukraine: A Free Online Course from Yale Professor Timothy Snyder

This fall, the historian Timothy Snyder teaches a course at Yale University called The making of modern Ukraine. And he generously makes the lectures available on YouTube, so you can follow along too. The first conference appears above. The following lectures will be available on Yale YouTube Channel. And you can find program here. Key issues covered by the course include:

What brought the Ukrainian nation? Ukraine must have existed as a society and as a regime on February 23, 2022, otherwise Ukrainians would not have collectively resisted the Russian invasion the following day. Why has the existence of Ukraine caused such controversy? How does the self-understanding of Poles, Russians and Jews depend on experiences in Ukraine? How and when did a modern Ukrainian nation emerge? How, moreover, does a modern nation emerge? And why some nations and not others? What is the balance between structure and agency in the story? Can nations be chosen, and does it matter? Can the choices of individuals influence the growth of much larger social organizations? If so, how? Ukraine was the country most affected by Soviet and Nazi terror: what can we learn from these systems, then, from Ukraine? Is the post-colonial and multilingual Ukrainian nation a vestige of the past, or does it hold promise for the future?

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