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The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999

The Reconstruction of Nations Poland Ukraine Lithuania Belarus Timothy Snyder traces the emergence of four rival modern nationalist ideologies from common medieval notions of citizenship He presents the ideological innovations and ethnic cleansings that abetted t

  • Title: The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999
  • Author: Timothy Snyder
  • ISBN: 9780300105865
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • Timothy Snyder traces the emergence of four rival modern nationalist ideologies from common medieval notions of citizenship He presents the ideological innovations and ethnic cleansings that abetted the spread of modern nationalism but also examines recent statesmanship that has allowed national interests to be channeled toward peace A work of profound scholarship and coTimothy Snyder traces the emergence of four rival modern nationalist ideologies from common medieval notions of citizenship He presents the ideological innovations and ethnic cleansings that abetted the spread of modern nationalism but also examines recent statesmanship that has allowed national interests to be channeled toward peace A work of profound scholarship and considerable importance Timothy Garton Ash, St Antony s College, University of Oxford Timothy Snyder s style is a welcome reminder that history writing can be indeed, ought to be a literary pursuit Charles King, Times Literary Supplement A brilliant and fascinating analysis of the subtleties, complexities, and paradoxes of the evolution of nations in Eastern Europe It has major implications for all of us who want to understand the processes of state collapse and nation building in the world Samuel P Huntington, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Snyder s ultimate query in this fresh and stimulating look at the path to nationhood is how the bitter experiences along the way, including the bitterest ethnic cleansing are to be overcome Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs

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    1. The Maidan saga is still evolving, and it recently took an ugly pivot to the past, as has been documented in Foreign Policy journal and elsewhere. Shortly after the new Ukrainian government ascended to power, President Poroshenko appointed an amateur historian whose nationalist views have been the subject of ridicule by historians of Ukraine worldwide to the post of Director at the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance. The historian in question has a record of downplaying and denying the [...]

    2. This is a riveting history of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus, and how these “nations” fluctuated over historical time in terms of geography, language, culture, ethnicityOnly after the extreme onslaught of the Second World War did these regions become more homogenous ethnically then they were in the past. Mr. Snyder goes into detail on the cleansing that these countries underwent from Hitler, Stalin and themselves. The German attack in Eastern Europe unleashed the ethnic hatreds that [...]

    3. Ця книжка раптово актуалізувалась завдяки сучасному популістичному польсько-українському дискурсу, тому найцікавіше мені було читати саме на розвиток відносин Києва та Варшави. Хоча тут багато всього корисного і про нещасних білорусів, які, на думку Снайдера, так і не сф [...]

    4. Jesli Europa jest nimfa -- NeapolJest nimfy okiem blekitnemSercim – cierniami w nodze: Sewatopol,Azow, Odessa, Petersburg, Mitawa –Paryz jej glowna Nakrochmalonym – a zas Rzym szlaplerzemJuliusz Slowacki wrote the above in 1836. Norman Davies cites these words in “Heart of Europe” and offers this translation: “If Europe is a nymph, then Naples is the nymph’s bright blue eyes – Warsaw is her heart, whilst Sevastopol, Azov, Odessa, Petersburg, and Mitau are the sharp points of her [...]

    5. The nation, as a thing, has become such a taken for granted of contemporary culture and politics - in its various forms of the nation-state, of the nation as ethnic group, of the nation as self-determining - that it is sometimes difficult to remember that it is the product of historical, social, political and cultural choices, changes and developments. There are few places on the 'Old World' where this is as obviously the case as east and central Europe, that area fought over, claimed and traver [...]

    6. My "to read" shelves are prioritised; "these can wait" and "these must be read soon". There are books that languish there, on the shelves, if not covered in cobwebs (my wife would never allow that ignominy) then certainly enshrouded in an invisible thick web of time. It is my shame that this book languished on my shelves for so long. It has sat there, in the "these must be read soon", for a number of years. It has sent out signals that "there things here of great worth" but I have constantly gla [...]

    7. An excellent book. Insightful, subtle, clear. I learned an enormous amount about the history and politics of Eastern Europe as well as the evolution of nationalism and state formation. I read it slowly and got much out of it. The proofreader did not.

    8. Тімоті Снайдер для мене є абсолютним зразком західного наукового підходу та академічного письма. Він будує свої аргументи довго, розгорнуто та цікаво. В решті-решт всі шматки сходяться.Опис складного часу для Галичини 1939-1945 рр, коли вона пережила 3 окупації та тисячі-тисяч [...]

    9. Een moeilijk, maar uiterst interessant, boek over het ontstaan van de naties Polen, Litouwen, Belarus en Oekraine. Het verhaal beslaat zo'n 5 eeuwen. Aanvankelijk hoorden al deze landen bij elkaar: de Pools Litouwse common wealth. Daarna volgden eindeloze verdelingen tussen meestal Rusland en Oostenrijk.En dan in de 2de wereldoorlog tussen Nazi-Duitsland en Sovjet Rusland.Dat ging allemaal met veel geweld en onderdrukking gepaard. En dan aan het eind van de oorlog is er nog de "ethnic cleansing" [...]

    10. In this book, Professor Snyder shows how the political identities of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus have formed starting from the foundation of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Hardly any other author could have condensed the century-long history of the four nations into such a well-structured, detail-rich volume. Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in Eastern Europe.

    11. Lesson learned from this book: If you were "Ukrainian," "Polish," or "Belorussian," most of the 20th-century sucked for you. Also, trust no one!

    12. "в шкільних підручниках Радянський Союз зображався "спадкоємцем" Київської Русі, а Польща – "спадкоємицею" середньовічної польської держави династії П'ястів. Поляків і росіян навчали, що їхня "етнічна група" існувала на цих землях протягом дев'ятисот років, чекаючи на відп [...]

    13. Clearly a must-read for anyone from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania or Belarus with even minor interest in history. The book discusses the heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the process of building nations and nation-states it originated. It discusses the emergence of modern day's nationalism that substituted the hundreds-years old political and cultural tradition with spurious national myths and national pantheons. It deals with how the name Lithuania become unquestionably associated with [...]

    14. A good piece of smooth and tolerant historical reading, suitable for large audiences. The biggest asset of this book is its "bigger picture" approach that allows readers to go beyond their national historical narratives, often too one-sided and opinionated. Mr. Snyder offers constructive, yet the empathetic way of understanding and acceptance of mutual history, very much needed nowadays in Eastern Europe.

    15. This was a deeply academic, and thoroughly detailed presentation of the history of nations that arose from out of the remnants of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Not a quick, or light read by any means, but a very enlightening history, that's well worth the time spent absorbing it all. Simply excellent scholarship, that should not be passed over. Highly recommended reading!

    16. A truly amazing and well written book. Man, the things in this region are way much more complex and interconnected than I've believed before

    17. The short version of this is that after the emancipation of the serfs early modern nationalisms of the region (which primarily used Polish as the high literary language) began to use peasant languages (like Lithuanian) as a way to counter the cultural power of Poles, et al, and create a new modern linguistic nationalism. In some ways it seems organically drawn from these newly awakened former serfs in the age of Romantic Nationalism, and in others it seems to have been constructed by (local) eli [...]

    18. Існування окремих української, білоруської, польської та литовської націй зараз майже ні в кого не викликає сумніву, окрім деяких імперіалістів та радикальних націоналістів. Але розуміння стосунку чотирьох націй до Речі Посполитої далі є проблематичним. Чи була ця раннь [...]

    19. Turiu prisipažinti, kad beskaitant šią Tymothy Snyderio knygą, apėmė keistas jausmas, kad ne tik istorijos pamokose bet ir VU istorijos bakalauro studijose (!) praleidau kažką esminio Visų pirma turiu omenyje didžiąją Vilniaus enigmą - kaip gi atsitiko, kad mūsų sostinėje, kurioje tarpukariu tebuvo 2 procentai lietuvių, šiandien ten mūsų suskaičiuojam 2 trečdalius gyventojų? Šį klausimą bei keletą kitų Lietuvos istorijos X faktorių labai gražiai aprašo šios knygos [...]

    20. Well written overview of the changes in state policies and national sentiments in the states that formed out of what was once the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth. Interesting example of past animosities being reconciled between nations as a result of political pragmatism.

    21. interesting book about a region I knew nothing about. Did you know that Poland was the first democracy in Eastern Europe and that the Commonwealth of Lithuania had religious freedom and was a very tolerant place?This book is interesting but long and slow.

    22. Timothy Snyder is an incredibly intelligent writer. His writing style is more sophisticated than an average academic book, but you can still read it comfortably. The book filled a lot of gaps in my knowledge of Eastern European history. I will read more books by Snyder.

    23. A scholarly, but somewhat difficult to follow, history of north eastern Europe States and and kingdoms. Post WWII history was new information to me. I thought it all ended in 1945. I read it to get information for genealogic research.

    24. An incredible book on the little know history of Poland and its imperial relations. It is also a fabulous study in modern nationality formation.

    25. Отличная книга, которая в корне изменила мой взгляд на историю наших ближайших соседей.

    26. Very learned and intriguing perspective on the multiple overlayerede agendas and conflicts that eventually produced the Lithuania we know today

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