History

History

Korney Chukovsky: Odessa’s Famous And Also Unknown Writer

He was Vladimir Zhabotinsky’s childhood friend; a defender of Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova; translator of Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling; chronicler...

Tracing the History Of Odessa’s Rock Movement

Is there such a phenomenon as an “Odessa sound” in post-Soviet rock n roll? In the same way there was a distinct Chicago sound...

In Memory Of Orest Subtelny – Founding Father Of Modern Ukrainian History

The Canadian academic introduced millions of post-Soviet Ukrainians to formerly supressed aspects of the Ukrainian national story and helped lay the foundations for a...

From Conflict To Cooperation: Ukrainian-Jewish Relations’ Bumpy Path

For much of the history of Ukraine, it was difficult to speak of anything akin to Ukrainian-Jewish relations. Jewish assimilation into the broader Ukrainian...

Remembering The Bloodiest Days of Ukraine’s Revolution

Four years ago today, Ukrainian special forces fired on protesters gathered on Kyiv’s Maidan nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), wounding, maiming, and killing demonstrators against President...

Brief Tales of Odessa’s Musical History

The Bee Gees, The Mystery Of Liszt’s Grand Piano, Tchaikovsky and Odessa’s Wunderkinder Many talented pianists and violinists have come out of Odessa. The city...

21st Century War: Conflict As Political Theatre

The man was as insistent as he was drunk. He leaned in; his reeking breath was repellent. “Putin he Strong, he strong!” he slurred. “Kyiv...

Ukraine And The 1917 Revolution In London

The head of the Ukrainian Institute in London writes about the reception of the 100th anniversary of the 1917 revolution in London. In autumn...

Meir Dizengoff: The Odessan Who Built Tel Aviv

The legendary first mayor of Tel Aviv got his start in business in Odessa and France before becoming a major figure in the Zionist...

Ukrainian And Jewish Political Prisoners In The Gulag: Toward Solidarity, Mutual Understanding And Cooperation

  The penal institutions in which the Soviet Union imprisoned dissenters had as their purported aim not simply the act of isolating and punishing political...