This Blessed Land: Crimea and the Crimean Tatars

By Paul Robert Magocsi

© 2014

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.

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  • Page Count: 160 pages
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An authoritative introduction to the Crimean peninsula, This Blessed Land is the first book in English to trace the vast history of Crimea from pre-historic times to the present.

This Blessed Land: Crimea and the Crimean Tatars

By Paul Robert Magocsi

© 2014

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.

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Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.9in x 0.7in x 9.8in
  • Reviews

    ‘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

    ‘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
  • Author Information

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

    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

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