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“An exemplary account of Europe’s least-known large country” (Wall Street Journal) by an award-winning historian

In The Gates of Europe, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy presents the authoritative history of Ukraine and its people, from the time of Herodotus to the present. Situated between Europe, Russia, and Asia, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that have used it as a strategic gateway between East and West — from the Romans and Ottomans to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, all have left a lasting mark on the landscape, turning modern Ukraine into an amalgam of competing cultures.

This revised edition includes new material that brings this definitive history up to the present, from the election of Volodymyr Zelensky to the role of Ukraine in Trump’s impeachment. As Ukraine once again finds itself at the center of global attention, Plokhy brings its history to vivid life as he connects the nation’s past with its present and future.

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