Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence

By Paul Robert Magocsi and Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

© 2016

There is much that ordinary Ukrainians do not know about Jews and that ordinary Jews do not know about Ukrainians. As a result, those Jews and Ukrainians who may care about their respective ancestral heritages usually view each other through distorted stereotypes, misperceptions, and biases. This book sheds new light on highly controversial moments of Ukrainian-Jewish relations and argues that the historical experience in Ukraine not only divided ethnic Ukrainians and Jews but also brought them together.

The story of Jews and Ukrainians is presented in an impartial manner through twelve thematic chapters. Among the themes discussed are geography, history, economic life, traditional culture, religion, language and publications, literature and theater, architecture and art, music, the diaspora, and contemporary Ukraine. The book’s easy-to-read narrative is enhanced by 335 full-color illustrations, 29 maps, and several text inserts that explain specific phenomena or address controversial issues. Jews and Ukrainians provides a wealth of information for anyone interested in learning more about the fascinating land of Ukraine and two of its most historically significant peoples.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 335
  • Dimensions: 8.5in x 1.0in x 12.1in
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The story of Jews and Ukrainians is presented in an impartial manner through twelve thematic chapters. Among the themes discussed are geography, history, economic life, traditional culture, religion, language and publications, literature and theater, architecture and art, music, the diaspora, and contemporary Ukraine.

Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence

By Paul Robert Magocsi and Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

© 2016

There is much that ordinary Ukrainians do not know about Jews and that ordinary Jews do not know about Ukrainians. As a result, those Jews and Ukrainians who may care about their respective ancestral heritages usually view each other through distorted stereotypes, misperceptions, and biases. This book sheds new light on highly controversial moments of Ukrainian-Jewish relations and argues that the historical experience in Ukraine not only divided ethnic Ukrainians and Jews but also brought them together.

The story of Jews and Ukrainians is presented in an impartial manner through twelve thematic chapters. Among the themes discussed are geography, history, economic life, traditional culture, religion, language and publications, literature and theater, architecture and art, music, the diaspora, and contemporary Ukraine. The book’s easy-to-read narrative is enhanced by 335 full-color illustrations, 29 maps, and several text inserts that explain specific phenomena or address controversial issues. Jews and Ukrainians provides a wealth of information for anyone interested in learning more about the fascinating land of Ukraine and two of its most historically significant peoples.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 335
  • Dimensions: 8.5in x 1.0in x 12.1in
  • Reviews

    ‘This book is an experiment and is largely successful – against all odds… Magocsi and Petrovsy-Shtern deserve praise for their courage and daring in writing this work and touching upon controversial and unpleasant issues.’


    Simon Geissbühler
    Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs February 2017

    ‘It is a most important work of scholarly acumen, clarity, and sensitivity, at once compelling, enlightening, and most timely.’


    Alexander Sydorenko
    The Russian Review vol 76:03:2017

    Jews and Ukrainians holds a wealth of knowledge that transcends academic writing to engage the audience.’


    World Literature Today, May 2017

    ‘Everything about this book is beautiful and it is a welcome addition to any library and especially so for Jewish libraries.’


    Reviews by Amos Lassen April 2017

    ‘This brave book gives readers the knowledge that they need to open their minds, to move forward, and to gain respect and appreciation for the other.’


    Philip K. Jason
    Phil Jason Reviews Books May 2017
  • Author Information

    Paul Robert Magocsi is a professor in the Departments of History and Political Science at the University of Toronto.


    Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies at Northwestern University in the United States.
  • Table of contents

    1. The Land and its Peoples
    2. The Historical Past
    3. Economic Life
    4. Traditional Culture
    5. Religion
    6. Language and Publications
    7. Literature and Theatre
    8. Architecture and Art
    9. Music
    10. The Diaspora
    11. Contemporary Ukraine
    12. The Past as Present and Future

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