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AAUP Publishes Books for Understanding: Ukraine

Scholarly Titles Explore History and Culture of European “Borderland”

NEW YORK, NY–Recent weeks have seen Ukrainian protests escalate into a true revolution, with the ousting of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and the mobilization of Russian troops in Crimea only the latest events in an ongoing conflict. However, transformation is far from unknown to Ukraine, a nation that has constantly changed boundaries and allegiances over the last century and more. To understand the history and culture of the “borderland” beyond today’s headlines, the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has published its latest scholarly bibliography on “Books for Understanding: Ukraine.”

Featuring 87 titles from more than 20 scholarly publishers, “Books for Understanding: Ukraine” serves as a guide to titles such as:

  • Ukraine: A History, 4th Edition by Orest Subtelny (University of Toronto Press, 2009);
  • Orange Revolution and Aftermath: Mobilization, Apathy, and the State in Ukraine by Paul D’Anieri (Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010);
  • Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure by Margarita M. Balmaceda (University of Toronto Press, 2013); and
  • Building Fortress Europe: The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier by Karolina S. Follis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

Books for Understanding is a free public service of AAUP to help librarians, journalists, educators, and interested readers find the best research on topics in the news. The program highlights one of the strongest values of university presses: to publish top research and scholarship in all fields regardless of immediate commercial potential. Often the most complete and illuminating background research and knowledge for a breaking news story is only available in scholarly books from presses committed to the public interest.

The Association of American University Presses is one of the world’s largest organizations of nonprofit scholarly publishers, dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. Visit the AAUP website,, to learn more about the association and its members.

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