Resources on the Ukrainian Crisis

The semester is swiftly coming to an end, and many of you are probably hard at work on your final projects. For those of you who may be working on projects on the topic of the current conflict in Ukraine, here is a list of resources, books, and other items that may be of interest.

For those needing a brief overview of the current situation facing Ukraine, the database Points of View has a great primer entitled Crisis in Ukraine. This article covers the basic facts surrounding the crisis, provides several sources you can use in other research, as well as presents two opposing arguments regarding American intervention in the region. There are other articles provided by Points of View that you may also find of use; Diplomatic Relations with Russia, the United Nations, Defense Spending in the United States, the Twenty-Four Hour News Cycle, and more. Any one of these articles would be a great place to begin your research.

Our History Reference Librarian, Ralph Courtney, has put together a Library Guide specifically dealing with Russian history, including the USSR and modern history. You can find that guide here. This guide includes both physical books available to checkout, some databases that focus on history, and other web resources for research. If you notice at the top of the guide, there are also guides for many other historical areas of research all of which are excellent guides in their own right.

Additional to the databases highlighted in the Russian history guide, here are four more databases that may be of use:

  1. Access World News: Full-text content from local, regional, national, and international newspapers. Also includes content from blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos.
  2. History Reference Center: This database includes the full text of reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.
  3. Military & Government Collection: Provides full text for military related periodicals and general interest magazines.
  4. US Major Dailies: Full text articles from a number of major national newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Here is a small collection of books and government documents that may be of interest. While this is certainly not a complete list, hopefully this will be a good place to turn if you need that extra bit of help.

  1. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy
  2. Children of Rus’: Right-bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation by Faith Hillis
  3. Ukraine: Report from the Front Lines: November 30, 2017, Briefing of the Commission on
  4. Security and Cooperation in Europe to the 115th Congress, 1st Session
  5. Ending the War in Ukraine: Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations: May 8, 2018, Briefing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe to the 115th Congress, 2nd Session
  6. Ukraine and the Art of Strategy by Lawrence Freedman
  7. An Introduction to Ukrainian History by Nicholas L. Chirovsky

Finally, on March 16th, 2022, the UAA Department of History hosted a roundtable discussion entitled The Misuse of History and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine featuring UAA professors Dennison, Myers, and Dunscomb, and KPC professor Meyers. If you were not able to attend, here is a link to a video recording of the roundtable.