The Making of Modern Ukraine

By Timothy Snyder

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Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on 23 February 2022, else Ukrainians would not have collectively resisted Russian invasion the next day. What does it mean for a nation to exist? Timothy Snyder explores these and other questions in a very timely course. This course was recorded live in a classroom at Yale University in the autumn of 2022.

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20: Maidan and Self-Understanding with guest lecturer Marci Shore
53:32
What can be that breaking point in a person’s life? Class 20 brings us to Maidan and the Self-Understanding that resulted. Guest lecturer is Marci Shore, Associate Professor of History at Yale University. Marci Shore, Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin … Continue reading 20: Maidan and Self-Understanding with guest lecturer Marci Shore
Nov 28, 2022
19: Oligarchies in Russia and Ukraine
48:14
Class 19 brings additional reminders of the impact Poland had on the formation of the Ukrainian state. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as … Continue reading 19: Oligarchies in Russia and Ukraine
Nov 28, 2022
18: Before and After the End of History
51:04
Class 18 brings into focus Marxism, dialectics, consumerism and nationalism during the transition from Khrushchev to Brezhnev. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as … Continue reading 18: Before and After the End of History
Nov 16, 2022
17: Reforms, Recentralization, Dissidence: 1950s-1970s
50:30
The impact of colonization in Europe in the 1950s through the 1970s is examined in Class 17. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as … Continue reading 17: Reforms, Recentralization, Dissidence: 1950s-1970s
Nov 16, 2022
16: Colonization, Extermination, Ethnic Cleansing
48:57
Why the 1940s was such a terrible time for Ukraine is the subject of Class 16. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a … Continue reading 16: Colonization, Extermination, Ethnic Cleansing
Nov 16, 2022
15: Ukrainization, Famine, Terror: 1920s – 1930s
50:31
Class 15 explores a very dark and terrifying couple of decades. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on 23 … Continue reading 15: Ukrainization, Famine, Terror: 1920s – 1930s
Nov 07, 2022
14: Interwar Poland’s Ukrainians
50:56
Why would a Polish guard help a Ukrainian cross into the Soviet Union in 1933? Class 14 takes you through the interwar years. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European … Continue reading 14: Interwar Poland’s Ukrainians
Nov 07, 2022
13: Republics and Revolutions
50:28
Class 13 details the converging forces and end of empires. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on 23 February … Continue reading 13: Republics and Revolutions
Nov 07, 2022
12: Habsburg Curiosity
46:35
Was the Privilegium Maius true history? Class 12 traces the Habsburg family and their impact on Europe. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as … Continue reading 12: Habsburg Curiosity
Nov 07, 2022
11: Ottoman Retreat, Russian Power, Ukrainian Populism
47:47
Class 11 looks at the ‘triangle’ and converging issues in the 18th Century. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity … Continue reading 11: Ottoman Retreat, Russian Power, Ukrainian Populism
Nov 07, 2022
10: Global Empires
48:43
Class 10 examines how several global empires shaped the development of Ukraine. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on … Continue reading 10: Global Empires
Nov 07, 2022
9: Polish Power and Cossack Revolution
47:52
Class 9 explores the influence of the Polish state on how Ukraine developed. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity … Continue reading 9: Polish Power and Cossack Revolution
Nov 07, 2022
8: Early Jews of Modern Ukraine
48:42
In Class 8, guest lecturer Glenn Dynner, Professor of Judaic Studies and Director of the Bennett Center at Fairfield University, explores the early Jews of modern Ukraine. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five … Continue reading 8: Early Jews of Modern Ukraine
Nov 07, 2022
7: Rise of Muscovite Power
49:57
Class 7 continues the exploration of post-Viking states toward the rise of Muscovite power. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and … Continue reading 7: Rise of Muscovite Power
Nov 07, 2022
6: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania
50:54
Class 6 continues the foundations of the Kyiv state at a time when Lithuania was much larger than most people think. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine … Continue reading 6: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Nov 07, 2022
5: Vikings, Slavers, Lawgivers: The Kyiv State
50:29
In Class 5, Professor Snyder describes the foundations of the Kyiv state. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on … Continue reading 5: Vikings, Slavers, Lawgivers: The Kyiv State
Nov 07, 2022
4: Before Europe
46:52
Do you speak the language or does the language speak you? In Class 4 Professor Timothy Snyder maps out the landscape ‘Before Europe.’ Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European … Continue reading 4: Before Europe
Nov 07, 2022
3: Geography and Ancient History
47:08
In Class 3, Timothy Snyder, recently back from a visit to Ukraine, explores the geography and ancient history of the region. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine … Continue reading 3: Geography and Ancient History
Nov 07, 2022
2: The Genesis of Nations
45:26
Class 2, The Genesis of Nations. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on 23 February 2022, else Ukrainians would … Continue reading 2: The Genesis of Nations
Nov 07, 2022
1: Ukrainian Questions Posed by Russian Invasion
42:38
Class 1 is an introduction to the course and an exploration of questions raised by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must … Continue reading 1: Ukrainian Questions Posed by Russian Invasion
Nov 07, 2022
Trailer
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Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on 23 February 2022, else Ukrainians would not have collectively resisted Russian invasion the next day. What does it mean for a nation to exist? Timothy Snyder explores these and other questions in a very timely course. This course was recorded live in a classroom at … Continue reading Trailer
Nov 04, 2022