Foreword by the author
Why are we required to provide proof that we exist?
Who are the Ukrainian people?
The origins of the name Ukraine
Rus, Muscovy and Ukraine
Who stopped us from forming an alliance with Poland?
Ukraine’s first attempt to gain independence
Ukraine’s second attempt to gain independence
The left bank of Ukraine under Russian rule
The right bank of Ukraine under the Rzeczpospolita
An association of Ukrainian lands inside the borders of the Russian empire
The first renaissance of Ukrainian self-consciousness
The Ukrainians under the rule of Austria-Hungary
The events of the First World War in the territory of Ukraine
The third attempt to obtain independence – and the most likely to succeed?
The occupation of Ukraine by Austro-German forces
Another attempt to create a Ukrainian state
The Ukrainian peasantry takes up arms
French troops in Ukraine
The Act Zluky (the Act of Unification)
The Red army in Ukraine
The White Army is in Ukraine – yet the Red Army triumphs. Ukraine is carved up once again
Relations between the Communist powers and the Ukrainian people
The manoeuvrings of the Bolsheviks to quell Ukraine’s resistance
The Bolsheviks show how they really feel about Ukraine
Why did the Bolsheviks in Moscow harbour such hatred for Ukraine? A few thoughts on the matter
What exactly is a "collective farm"?
The consequences of forcing the peasants to join collective farms
Paranoid Stalinist terror in Ukraine
Ukraine before the SECOND World War
The Second World War and Ukraine
The Ukrainian rebel army
The post-war period. What changed for Ukraine?
The period which became known as the ‘thaw’
A mouthful of ethnic freedom?
Ukraine’s ‘men of the sixties’
The ‘period of stagnation’
The disaster at Chernobyl
The attempt to modernize the USSR
A new era approaches
The population of Ukraine today
Ukrainians living outside their native land
Religions in Ukraine
Languages in Ukraine
The national character of the Ukrainian people
Relations between the sexes
Financial relations in the family
Ukrainian mail-order brides
A touch of the exotic: age-old traditions and customs
Let’s talk about food
What do Ukrainians really eat, then?
Public holidays and festivals in Ukraine
The Economic and Social Environment in Modern-Day Ukraine
The captains of Ukraine’s market economy
The Hetmans of modern-day Ukraine
Statistics and real life
Slaying the dragon
A few conclusions that can be drawn at this stage
The things we dislike
A few things that we like
In place of an epilogue
Some traditional Ukrainian recipes which you should try in order to get a fuller understanding of the ideas set out in this book
A few recipes for Ukrainian dishes served on public holidays
Fish in aspic
Recipes for kholodets (aspic)
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