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Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on 23 February 2022, else Ukrainians would not have collectively resisted Russian invasion the next day. What does it mean for a nation to exist? Timothy Snyder explores these and other questions in a very timely course.



This course was recorded live in a classroom at Yale University in the autumn of 2022. Video of the course is also available on YouTube .

The Making of Modern Ukraine Timothy Snyder

    • History
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Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on 23 February 2022, else Ukrainians would not have collectively resisted Russian invasion the next day. What does it mean for a nation to exist? Timothy Snyder explores these and other questions in a very timely course.



This course was recorded live in a classroom at Yale University in the autumn of 2022. Video of the course is also available on YouTube .

    1: Ukrainian Questions Posed by Russian Invasion

    1: Ukrainian Questions Posed by Russian Invasion

    Class 1 is an introduction to the course and an exploration of questions raised by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must … Read More Read More

    • 42 min
    2: The Genesis of Nations

    2: The Genesis of Nations

    Class 2, The Genesis of Nations. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on 23 February 2022, else Ukrainians would … Read More Read More

    • 45 min
    3: Geography and Ancient History

    3: Geography and Ancient History

    In Class 3, Timothy Snyder, recently back from a visit to Ukraine, explores the geography and ancient history of the region. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine … Read More Read More

    • 47 min
    4: Before Europe

    4: Before Europe

    Do you speak the language or does the language speak you? In Class 4 Professor Timothy Snyder maps out the landscape ‘Before Europe.’ Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European … Read More Read More

    • 46 min
    5: Vikings, Slavers, Lawgivers: The Kyiv State

    5: Vikings, Slavers, Lawgivers: The Kyiv State

    In Class 5, Professor Snyder describes the foundations of the Kyiv state. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on … Read More Read More

    • 50 min
    6: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania

    6: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania

    Class 6 continues the foundations of the Kyiv state at a time when Lithuania was much larger than most people think. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Ukraine … Read More Read More

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

abcrystcats ,

Great Overview

Of the history of Ukraine and its relationships with Russia, Poland and others. To understand the current conflict, start here.

skytreelake ,

Exceptional lectures.

Thank you for this brilliant series. So informative about this huge range of world history, and especially relevant about this region now. 🇺🇦

canukski ,

Ignore the Russian apologists

I’m a Ukrainian American. There is no leftist agenda here. Snyder’s series is just an accurate account of Ukraine’s journey and struggle to wrest itself from the soon-to-be-ending Russian empire.

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