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Tue, 22 Feb


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Join us for a book presentation, followed by a discussion. The webinar participants will have an opportunity to discuss debunking the Soviet narratives of the World War II and consider the Ukrainian history in a wider European and world context.


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22 Feb 2022, 07:00 GMT

Online event

About the event

Join us for a book presentation, followed by a discussion. The webinar participants will have an opportunity to discuss debunking the Soviet narratives of the World War II and consider the Ukrainian history in a wider European and world context.


“Zero Point Ukraine. Four Essays on World War II” by Olena Stiazhkina, promotes a new, historically adequate understanding of what happened in Ukraine before, during, and after World War II.

The Western understanding of what happened in Ukraine during World War II has been shaped by historical and ideological constructs created in the Kremlin. The Ukrainian specificity has been dissolved in the concept of the “great victorious Russian people” and distorted by attempts to equate Ukrainian nationalists to German Nazis, while the occupation and colonization of Ukraine by Russian Bolsheviks in the 1920s and 1930s has widely been ignored or artificially silenced.

The discussion will touch upon the Soviet and contemporary Russian narratives about World War II which have been used to justify the Kremlin’s policies towards democratic countries. Today, Russia remains deeply engaged in the falsification of the past, which underpins the claims of the so-called “Russian World” and the ongoing war against Ukraine.

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DONATIONS are welcome! All funds raised throughout this event will go towards University Scholarships for Russian-Ukrainian war veterans within British-Ukrainian Aid’s ‘Reintegration through Education’ project.

The Zoom Joining Details will be sent to participants on 15th March.

The discussion will be in UKRAINIAN.


Запрошуємо на презентацію книги Олени Стяжкіної «Україна. Точка відліку. Чотири нариси Другої світової війни», яка сприяє новому, історично адекватному уявленню про те, що відбувалося в Україні до, під час та після Другої світової війни.

Західне розуміння того, що сталося в Україні під час Другої світової війни, було сформовано історичними та ідеологічними конструкціями, створеними в Кремлі. Специфіка України була розчинена в концепції «великого переможного російського народу» та спотворена спробами прирівняти українських націоналістів до німецьких нацистів, тоді як окупація та колонізація України російськими більшовиками у 1920-1930-х роках широко ігнорується або штучно замовчується.

Дискусія торкнеться радянських і сучасних російських наративів про Другу світову війну, які використовувалися для виправдання політики Кремля щодо демократичних країн. Сьогодні Росія продовжує глибоко займатися фальсифікацією минулого, що лежить в основі претензій так званого «Русского мира» та війни, що триває проти України.

«Україна. Точка відліку. Чотири нариси Другої світової війни» — 10 том із серії книг «Українські голоси», виданої ibidem Press і зібраної Андреасом Умландом.

Розмова буде УКРАЇНСЬКОЮ.


Professor Olena Stiazhkina studied history at Donetsk National University. Since 2016 she is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Ukrainian History in the second half of the XX century at the Institute of History of Ukraine at the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. Previously, she completed an internship at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM, Austria) and held a professorship at the Department of Slavs’ History at the Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University (Ukraine).

Olena Stiazhkina is a member of the Ukrainian Oral History Association, the Ukrainian Association of Research in Women’s History, and the PEN Club Ukraine. Her previous books include Women in the history of Ukrainian Culture in the Second Half of the 20th Century (Donetsk: Skhidny Vydavnychy Dim, 2002), Gender Relations in a Modern Society (Donetsk: Skhidny Vydavnychy Dim, 2006), A Person in the Soviet Province: Evolution of Failure (Donetsk: Noulidzh, 2013), Stigma of Occupation: Soviet Women of the 1940s in Self-Vision (Kyiv, Dukh I Litera). Her papers have been published by, among other outlets, Indiana Press, University of Tulsa, Istorychni i politologichni doslidzhennia, Nauka. Relihiya. Suspilstvo.


Olena Stiazhkina’s book is Volume 10 in the “Ukrainian Voices” book series.

The “Ukrainian Voices” book series includes English- and German-language monographs, edited volumes, document collections and anthologies of articles authored and composed by Ukrainian politicians, intellectuals, activists, officials, researchers, entrepreneurs, artists, and diplomats.

The series aims to introduce Western and broader audiences to Ukrainian explorations and interpretations of historic and current domestic as well as international affairs.

The purpose of these books is to familiarise non-Ukrainian readers with how some prominent Ukrainians approach, research and assess their country’s development and position in the world. The series was founded in 2019, and the volumes are collected by Andreas Umland.

We look forward to seeing you at the book presentation!

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