A small, stubborn town by Andrew Harding

A small, stubborn town by Andrew Harding

A small, stubborn town by Andrew Harding – life, death and defiance in Ukraine – is a book on a town in Ukraine, Voznesensk. Just as I finished reading the book and I was searching for details on Voznesensk, I saw the news published less…

Getting out by Jonathan Campion

Getting out by Jonathan Campion

Getting out by Jonathan Campion – the Ukrainian cricket team’s last stand on the front lines of war – is a book I borrowed from the library by chance. I was looking for another book and this stood out because of its title. I had…

The Harvest of Sorrow by Robert Conquest

The Harvest of Sorrow by Robert Conquest

The Harvest of Sorrow by Robert Conquest – Soviet Collectivisation and the Terror-Famine – is a classic. I bought it a few months ago and read parts of it. This month I read it cover to cover. What a fantastic book. It is the first…

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth – Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923 – is a non-fiction book on European history. While in the west WWI ended on 11 November 1918, which is now commemorated as Remembrance Day in UK, the fighting did…

Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola

Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola

Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola – Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine – is a fascinating book, well worth reading. The Purges or the Great Terror are well-known. Between 1937 and 1938 over 1.5 million people were arrested and hundreds of…

Communism and Hunger by Andrea Graziosi

Communism and Hunger by Andrea Graziosi

Communism and Hunger by Andrea Graziosi (editor) – The Ukrainian, Chinese, Kazakh, and Soviet Famines in Comparative Perspective – is a book based on presentations given at a conference from 2014. Each author presented a paper on a different topic, on Holodomor, on the Chinese…

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov – The russian Invasion and Ukraine’s War of Independence – is a book about the events after russia’s full-scale invasion. I had to review this book today, on the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion. This month also…

The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis

The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis

The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis is another well known example of microhistory. This is a great book for historians because of style and research, but also for non-historians because it is a fascinating case and it’s lovely written. The book is…

Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie – Cathars and Catholics in a French Village 1294-1324 – translated by Barbara Bray – is another book I read for my studies. First published in 1975 in French and translated into English a few years later, this was…

Not worthy by Lubomyr Luciuk

Not worthy by Lubomyr Luciuk

Not worthy by Lubomyr Luciuk – Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer Prize and the New York Times – is a book published twenty years ago. It was edited by Lubomyr Luciuk, the Director of Research for the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, who called for the stripping…

The Cheese and The Worms by Carlo Ginzburg

The Cheese and The Worms by Carlo Ginzburg

The Cheese and The Worms by Carlo Ginzburg – The cosmos of a sixteenth-century Miller – is a book first published in 1976. It is one of the first and most important books of microhistory. Microhistory is a mode of historical writing which focuses on…

Imagining the Balkans by Marii︠a︡ Nikolaeva Todorova

Imagining the Balkans by Marii︠a︡ Nikolaeva Todorova

Imagining the Balkans by Marii︠a︡ Nikolaeva Todorova is a short book on Balkanism, a take on Said’s concept of orientalism. It is a fascinating read, which I would recommend to all studying Eastern Europe or European history in general. It was recommended to me and…

A Ukrainian Christmas by Yaroslav Hrytsak

A Ukrainian Christmas by Yaroslav Hrytsak

A Ukrainian Christmas by Yaroslav Hrytsak and Nadiyka Gerbish is a lovely short book, with beautiful illustrations. It offers an insight into the history and traditions Ukrainians have at Christmas. It was a bit more religious than I was expecting, but it is a book…

Europe; war or peace? by Walter Duranty

Europe; war or peace? by Walter Duranty

Europe; war or peace? by Walter Duranty was published in 1935. It is particularly flawed as it is very biased and manages to get everything that will happen next completely wrong. That is beyond the point, of course, as this is an important primary source…

Secret police files from the Eastern bloc by Valentina Glajar

Secret police files from the Eastern bloc by Valentina Glajar

Secret police files from the Eastern bloc by Valentina Glajar, Alison Lewis, Corina Petrescu – Between surveillance and life writing – is a must read book. It’s a short book, of just over 200 pages, on communist secret police services with a focus on the…

The pathologisation of homosexuality in fascist Italy by Gabriella Romano

The pathologisation of homosexuality in fascist Italy by Gabriella Romano

The pathologisation of homosexuality in fascist Italy by Gabriella Romano – The Case of ‘G’ – is a short book I read for my studies. Because of the writing and the topic I don’t think it will have a large appeal/interest, so I will say…