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The Making of Modern Ukraine, Lecture 4
One of the features of my class on Ukraine is that I dwelled for quite a while in theory of history and then ancient history. One of the reasons for this is that I wanted to get listeners out from under any myth of eternity: that things are as they must be because they have “always” been such. Another is that the early history if what are now Ukrainian lands is deeply fascinating. Themes that might be familiar in a “western civilization” course, such as ancient Greece, early Christianity, or Vikings, figure here in new forms or with greater prominence. In this lecture I work through the emergence of Europe from the ancient world, but with the Slavs and Ukraine at the center.
The reading for this lecture was Plokhy, Gates of Europe, chapter 2.
Jarisleif and Yaroslav
Valdemar and Volodymyr
німці, Німеччина (Германия)
Slavs, al-Saqlabi, Sklaven, Slaves
Cyril and Methodius
NB: I made a mistake in this lecture in the little excursus on words for “five.” I said that it was an ancient slavic root when I meant an ancient indo-European root. You’ll see what I mean.
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