While Ukraine's independence in 1991 marked a period of political, social, and economic upheaval, the country cannot and should not be viewed independently of its Soviet past, as some structures, borders and aspects of socialization have survived into the present. The transformations of 1991 have been reflected in different ways in different regions and milieus, and the Ukrainian state itself, not least in its institutions, has its roots in the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. Thus, the contributions to this volume also take up very different, specific topics relating to contemporary Ukrainian history, the effects of which are still relevant today. A range of subjects are explored, from regions to transformations to the politicization of history: Stephan Rindlisbacher provides information on the territory of Ukraine, while Svetlana Boltovska looks at the social transformation of Poland through the nuclear economy, and Kyrylo Tkachenko's first contribution deals with the
Beyond a simple national history, this volume helps to show Ukraine in all its complexity and to trace its developments as a post-Soviet state. It provides fascinating and relevant insights into this multifaceted country and its history, which are of interest not only because of the current war.