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Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy presents an authoritative, vividly written history of Ukraine.

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Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense battle with Russia to preserve its economic and political independence. But today's conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine's existence as a sovereign nation. As award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine's past in order to understand its fraught present and likely future.

Situated between Europe, Russia, and the Asian East, 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 engaged in global fights for supremacy on Ukrainian soil. Each invading army left a lasting mark on the landscape and on the population, making modern Ukraine an amalgam of competing cultures.

Authoritative and vividly written, The Gates of Europe will be the definitive history of Ukraine for years to come.

"Narrator Ralph Lister has an impressively large British-accented voice that leads listeners through the text with insistence." ---AudioFile

The Gates of Europe

A History of Ukraine

Author Serhii Plokhy

Narrated by Ralph Lister

Publication date Dec 1, 2015

Running time 15 hrs 22 min

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