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Ukrainian history goes global: British Museum hosts presentation of new research program

World-class scholars have announced a three-year research project to study and teach the history of Ukraine from ancient times to the present day.
Timothy Snyder
American historian Timothy Snyder at the presentation of the Ukrainian History:Global Initiative in London on 27 November 2023. Credit: Viktor Pinchuk Foundation via Youtube/ screenshot from a video.

The Ukrainian History Global Initiative, involving 50 Ukrainian and 40 foreign scholars, was presented at the British Museum in London on 27 November 2023.

The Ukrainian History Global Initiative is a large-scale multidisciplinary research project to study Ukraine’s history that brings together scholars from around the world, including American historian Timothy Snyder (Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna) and Ukrainian historian Serhii Plokhy (professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University).

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The Ukrainian History Global Initiative is a three-year project in the humanities and social sciences intending to establish a scholarly presentation of the history of the lands of contemporary Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian History Global Initiative will seek new empirical and conceptual insights by taking an innovative approach across disciplines and applying new technologies. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine is part of a larger global crisis, the study of Ukraine’s deep past can generate broader concepts of the future,” the founders of the initiative proclaimed.

Thus, historians from the world’s leading universities will bring the study and teaching of Ukrainian history to their universities. The project’s scientific director, Timothy Snyder, noted that to successfully confront Russia globally, it is necessary to reveal “the complex global history of Ukraine, which is closely connected to the world.”

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Ukrainian historian Serhii Plokhy noted that the Ukrainian History Global Initiative provides a unique opportunity “to collaborate with the best minds in the field to bring Ukrainian history to the world and to bring world history to Ukraine.”

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Within the framework of the project, Ukrainian historians and their colleagues from around the world will explore such topics as the beginning of human settlement on the territory of Ukraine, the spread of Indo-European languages, relations between classical Greece and the Black Sea region, Viking Europe, relations between Byzantium and Kyiv, and contemporary issues of nation-building and empire.

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