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The Ukrainian divide

The power of historical narratives, imagined communities, and collective memories

Alina Penkala, Ilse Derluyn, and Ine Lietaert

The spring of 2014 in Ukraine and the avalanche of events that ensued caused serious regional, interregional, and global implications, and up until today, the East–West regional divide is unequivocally problematic and present in Ukraine. A deeper

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Geopolitical Transition of the European Body in Ukraine

Nadzeya Husakouskaya

In April 2014, when I came to Ukraine to start fieldwork for my PhD research, the spirit of the EuroMaidan had strengthened, Crimea had just been annexed, and the country was about to elect a new president for a five-year term. The popular

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Militarizing Women in the Ukrainian Nationalist Movement from the 1930s to the 1950s

Olesya Khromeychuk

Analyzing the participation of women in the Ukrainian nationalist movement from the 1930s to the 1950s—represented in this article by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (Orhanizatsiia Ukrains’kykh Natsionalistiv, OUN) and the Ukrainian

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Ukraine, One Year On

Listening to Ukrainian Anthropologists

Volodymyr Artiukh, Taras Fedirko, Maryna Hrymych, Tina Polek, and Ana Ivasiuc

to create a space where Ukrainian anthropologists would reflect collectively on the anthropological approach to the invasion of Ukraine one year on. We asked them: What kinds of debates, narratives, imaginaries, and forms of activism have emerged

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The Recovery of Ukraine

Social Quality in the Postwar Societal Space

Valeriy Heyets, Viktoriia Blyzniuk, and Olena Nykyforuk

As a result of Russian military aggression against Ukraine, this sovereign country will face enormous humanitarian challenges. Postwar Ukraine will have to cope with the huge task of restoring its socioeconomic and financial conditions, its

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Forum: Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz, Nataliya Tchermalykh, Volodymyr Artiukh, Karolina Follis, Ilmari Käihkö, Olena Fedyuk, Emma Rimpiläinen, Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Iwona Kaliszewska, Anastasiya Astapova, Agnieszka Halemba, Agata Ładykowska, and Mariya Ivancheva

Introduction: Anthropological Perspectives on War, Displacement, Humanitarianism and the Hierarchies of Knowledge in the Studies of the Conflict It has been a year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started. It is clear that the impact of

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Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation

An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine

Zuzana Novakova

Background: The Society “Under Reform” Four years ago, mass protests were in full range in Ukraine, with demonstrators demanding a better society. Beyond the call for dignified conditions of life and a shared distaste for the regime represented by

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Narrating the Second World War

History Textbooks and Nation Building in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine

Lina Klymenko

Shahnoza Nozimova explored the portrayal of Uzbeks as the “constituting other” and Russians as the “external self” in contemporary Tajik history textbooks. 2 Jan Janmaat investigated how Russia and Russians are represented in Ukrainian school history

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Social Quality in a Transitive Society

The Role of the State

Valeriy Heyets

of the state—as main actor in the sociopolitical/legal dimension—with main actors of the socioeconomic/financial dimension and the sociocultural/welfare dimension for the change of social quality of daily circumstances of people in Ukraine. Proposed

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Inertia and Reactiveness in Germany's Russia Policy

From the 2021 Federal Election to the Invasion of Ukraine in 2022

Jonas J. Driedger

In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a Zeitenwende— a “change of times.” 1 The term entails the double meaning of an era ending and a paradigm shifting. Indeed, within a few