Ukraine (Nations in Transition)

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Gives a historical, economic, and cultural overview of the country of Ukraine with particular emphasis on changes that have occurred since the collapse of the Soviet Union, its contemporary leaders, and present as well as future problems for the country.

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Grade 7 UpBoth of these books have introductory chapters on history followed by individual sections on government, religion, economy, culture, cities, and daily life. Present problems and potential future solutions are discussed in the concluding chapters. Otfinoski spends less time describing the transition period than Michael Kort does in Russia (Facts On File, 1998), a book in the same series; instead he includes a chapter on cities that reads like an upbeat travel guide. This may confuse readers because its optimism seems to clash with information elsewhere about economic difficulties. There are also a few serious internal contradictions and errors. In Ukraine, for example, readers are first told that after the breakup of the Soviet Union, The loss of Russia as a trading partner was a deep blow to the Ukrainian economy, whereas later it is correctly stated that Russia is still Ukraines number one trade partner. Its a shame because the book does have sparks of good writing. Each volume has somewhat lackluster black-and-white illustrations and photos, a useful chronology from prehistoric times through August 1998, and a short list of suggested readings.Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The largest country wholly within Europe, Ukraine clings to a proud, independent-spirited culture, even though it was long dominated by Mongols, Poland, and Russia. Home to the Kozaks (Cossacks), Chekhov, and Gogol, and boasting the beautiful and culturally significant city of Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine entered its modern phase of nationhood less than 10 years ago with the demise of the Soviet Union. Mineral rich with very fertile soil, it was one of the wealthiest of the Soviet republics. Ironically, its great city of Kyiv is considered the birthplace of Russian culture. Today it struggles with a faltering economy, corruption in government, the aftermath of Chernobyl, and Crimean independence, among other weighty issues. New to the Nations in Transition series, this slim volume traces the history, challenges, and cultural aspects of the country that was ill-defined for so long that it was known as "the" Ukraine for generations. Well-chosen, fine-quality black-and-white photos enhance a somewhat ho-hum text that at least is up to date and packed with information of use to students. Bibliography; chronology; source notes. Anne O'Malley

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