History of Ukraine

“The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine”

One of the most authoritative books covering Ukraine’s thousand-year history by highly respected Harvard historian Serhii Plokhy.




Ukraine: History, Culture and Identities

The Ukrainian Institute together with Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the online education studio EdEra have developed a short introductory course on the history, culture, and society of Ukraine from the Middle Ages to the present.  The course is available free on Udemy.

— Ukraine. The largest country in Europe with its capital in Kyiv.

Ukraine has more than a thousand-year history associated with numerous stereotypes. Like most Eastern European countries, it is a rather young country. Ukraine declared its independence only in 1991. Nevertheless, since then, it managed to survive three revolutions struggling for the protection of democratic values ​​and human rights; radically change the vector of international politics; and advance significantly in the development of arts and culture.

What about the events and processes taking place before the independence was declared? What historical and cultural heritage was preserved by Ukraine when it entered the 21st century?

Find out more as you are guided by experienced researchers, experts in history and political science, and leading professors of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. —

The Ukrainian Institute is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Their mission is to strengthen Ukraine’s international standing through the means of cultural diplomacy. They facilitate international connections between people and institutions and create opportunities for Ukraine to interact and cooperate with the world.

Ukraine in Two Minutes

The Ukrainian Institute and Ukraine World present a series of two-minute videos about interesting facts about Ukraine’s history and culture:

Big Frontier: How Ukraine Emerged from European Borderlands
Deep History: What Medieval Rus’ Has to do with Ukraine
A Global Agricultural Player: How Ukraine Can Feed The Planet
Crimea. A Story of the Occupied Peninsula
Plural Identity: Why Ukraine is so Diverse
Why Ukraine’s Security is Key for Europe
Ukraine Connections: World’s Top Innovations Linked with Ukraine
What Makes Ukrainian Culture Interesting
Why Donbas is an Integral Part of Ukraine and Europe
HI-TECH Ukraine: Why Ukraine can be an IT Powerhouse

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine

A series of short films produced by the Ukrainian Institute in London as a part of the Lysiak-Rudnytsky Ukrainian Studies Programme by the Ukrainian Institute (MFA).

1) Taras Shevchenko: the Serf Who Founded a Nation
2) Lesia Ukrainka: Fin-de-siecle Ukrainian Feminism
3) The Many Voices of Ukraine
4) Les Kurbas: Ukrainian Avant-garde Theatre
5) Holodomor: The Ukrainian Famine of the 1930s.
6) The Bloodlands: Ukraine in World War II
7) Andrei Sheptytskyi: A Count Who Became a Priest
8) Fighting for the Self: Poetry from the Gulag
9) Ukrainian Cinema: Giving a Voice to the Silenced
10) Why do Ukrainians take to the streets?