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The Ukrainian Night. An Intimate History of Revolution | IWM
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The Ukrainian Night. An Intimate History of Revolution


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A vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution, the rare moment when the political became the existential

What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013–14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices.

In this lyrical and intimate book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore’s book blends a narrative of suspenseful choices with a historian’s reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She gently sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it—and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced.

Marci Shore is Associate Professor of History at Yale University and award-winning author of Caviar and Ashes and The Taste of Ashes. She has spent much of her adult life in Central and Eastern Europe, amongst others as a recurrent Visiting Fellow at the IWM.

Recent Publications

  • Pogroms et Ghetto: Les Musulmans dans l’Inde Contemporaine


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    En 2002 se sont déroulées dans l’État du Gujarat les plus graves attaques contre des musulmans qu’a connues la République indienne depuis 1947. 2 000 d’entre eux ont péri au cours des violences qui ont duré près de six mois tandis que 150 000 autres ont été contraints de fuir définitivement leur logement, attaqués par …
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  • Perceptions of Society in Communist Europe: Regime Archives and Popular Opinion


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    Drawing on archival sources from Czechoslovakia, Poland, East Germany, Romania and Bulgaria, Perceptions of Society in Communist Europe considers whether and to what extent communist regimes cared about popular opinion, how they obtained their information, and how it helped them implement and maintain their rule. Contrary to popular belief, communist regimes sought to legitimise their …
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  • Populating No Man’s Land: Economic Concepts of Ownership under Communism


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    This edited volume opening the new series Revisiting Communism: Collectivist Economic Thought in Historical Perspective focuses on the concepts of ownership, the cornerstone of political economy in Soviet-type societies. The authors’ main objective is to contribute to the still unwritten chapter on collectivism in the history books of modern economic thought. They trace the lengthy …
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