Resources for Understanding the Conflict in Ukraine


Below is a list of resources, including articles, books, events, and films to help provide context and background for the conflict in Ukraine. The list will be regularly updated. 

  • A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (2005), by Kate Brown
  • Children of Rus': Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation (2013), by Faith Hillis
  • Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post Cold War Order (2015), Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer
  • The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (2021), by Serhii Plokhii
  • The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (2014), by Serhii Plokhii
  • Life Went on Anyway (2019), by Oleg Sentsov
  • A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister (2021), by Olesya Khromeychuk
  • Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation (2017), by Serhii Plokhii
  • Lucky Breaks (2022), by Yevgenia Belorusets
  • The Orphanage by Serhiy Zhadan, Reilly Costigan-Humes (Translation), Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler (Translation)
  • On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine (2019), by Sonia Bilocerkowyz
  • Pride and Panic: Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film (2007), by Yana Hashamova
  • Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? (2014), by Karen Dawisha
  • Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960-1985 (2010), by Sergei Zhuk
  • Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation (2007), by Serhy Yekelchyk
  • Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know (2020), by Serhy Yekelchyk
  • Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West (2014), by Andrew Wilson
  • Ukraine in Histories and Stories: Essays by Ukrainian Intellectuals (2020), edited by Volodymyr Yermolenko
  • Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War (2019), by Paul D’Anieri
  • Ukraine's Nuclear Disarmament: A History (2021), by Yuri Kostenko
  • Ukraine’s Outpost: Dnipropetrovsk and the Russian-Ukrainian War (2022), by Taras Kuzio, Sergei I. Zhuk, and Paul D’Anieri
  • Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia (2021), by Timothy Frye