A virtual island in the Black Sea, Crimea is connected to the European continent by only a narrow sliver of land. For centuries it was part of the Ottoman and Russian empires, then the Soviet Union, and today independent Ukraine. But its history goes back even farther, as is evident from a landscape filled with the remnants of cultures and peoples: classical Greeks, Goths, Byzantines, Mongols, imperial Russians, and, most importantly, Crimean Tatars.
An authoritative introduction to this fascinating region, This Blessed Land is the first book in English to trace the vast history of Crimea from pre-historic times to the present. Written by Paul Robert Magocsi, author of A History of Ukraine: The Land and Its Peoples and the Historical Atlas of Central Europe, This Blessed Land will captivate general readers and serious scholars alike.
Published by the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto.
1. What is Crimea?
2. Crimea’s earliest civilizations
3. The Kipchaks, Mongols, Tatars, and Italianate Crimea
4. The Crimean Khanate
5. Crimea in the Russian Empire
6. Crimea in War and Revolution
7. The Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
8. Crimea during World War II
9. Soviet Crimea and the Crimean Tatar Diaspora
10. Crimea in the Independent Ukraine
‘Paul Robert Magocsi takes us on a historical journey… The breathtaking photography, detailed illustrations and maps add to the comprehensive depth of Magocsi’s work, allowing the reader to truly envision this unique land while reading of its rich, yet tragic legacy.’Kristen Kletke, The Ukrainian Quarterly vol 81:1-3: 2015
‘Paul Magocsi fills a notable gap in the English language literature on Crimea… The cadence throughout is superb; there is enough detail to provide a compelling story… This Blessed Land is a pleasure to read from start to finish.’Greta Uehling, The Canadian Slavonic Papers vol 57:1-2:2015
"Magocsi’s book is a true treasure."Gunter Schaarschmidt, University of Victoria, East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, vol VI, 1