Fascinating and multilayered, The Gates of Europe is the essential guide to understanding not just Ukraine's past but also its future.
'An indispensable guide to the tragic history of a great European nation' (David Blair Sunday Telegraph)
Located at the western edge of the Eurasian steppe, Ukraine has long been the meeting place of empires - Roman to Ottoman, Habsburg to Russian - and they all left their imprint on the landscape, the language and the people living within these shifting borders. In this authoritative book, Harvard Professor Serhii Plokhy traces the history of Ukraine from the arrival of the Vikings in the tenth century to the current Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. Fascinating and multilayered, The Gates of Europe is the essential guide to understanding not just Ukraine's past but also its future.
“A compelling and outstanding short history of the blood-soaked land that has so often been the battlefield and breadbasket of Europe. The Gates of Europe combines scholarly authority with narrative flair - essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Russia and Ukraine today”
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Marcus Tanner, Independent
“An admirable new history . . . In his elegant and careful exposition of Ukraine's past, Mr Plokhy has also provided some signposts to the future”
“A concise, highly readable history of Ukraine . . . a lively narrative peopled with a colourful cast of Norse and Mongol marauders, free-booting Cossacks, kings, conquerors and dictators”
“Buy this book . . . Give copies to your children and grandchildren. Buy copies for your friends. Make sure they read it”