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Orest Subtelny.
Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 1988.
666pp., cloth, $49.95.
ISBN 0-80205-808-6. CIP.

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Grades 11 and up / Ages 16 and up

Reviewed by Iyvan Michalchyshyn.

Volume 17 Number 3
1989 May

This impressive book written by a York University professor of history should become the standard work about the Ukraine. The book covers Ukraine's history from the earliest to contemporary times. Subtelny, who has written other material in this area, has succeeded masterfully in giving a thorough account of the political, social, economic and cultural aspects of Ukraine's story as a nation. Its big strength lies in the intertwining of these various facets. The book, while being scholarly, is very readable as a high school or university reference.

The book has an excellent selection of photographs, drawings and sketches. These have been thoughtfully laid out to complement the text. The photographs of a recent Ukrainian activist rally add a particularly timely touch with the era of glasnost upon us. A good portion of the book focuses on modern times. Included in the volume are twenty-nine superb maps; their inclusion adds a dimension not normally found in this type of undertaking. There are extensive notes, a useful index and an excellent bibliography.

Ukraine is clearly a work of erudition that will inform readers of the vitality of that nation's history. The language flows easily and I recommend it for all libraries.

Iyvan Michalchyshyn, Gordon Bell High School, Winnipeg, MB.
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