WHEN: Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 6:30pm
WHERE: TW1.G.01, Ground Floor of Tower 1, London School of Economics
ADMISSION: The event is free, but registration is essential. Please register here.
What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013–14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices.
In this lyrical and intimate book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore’s book blends a narrative of suspenseful choices with a historian’s reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She gently sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it – and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced.
The impulse of the Maidan unrising drove a host of transformational changes, as Ukraine has embarked on an overhaul of its weak state institutions. The annexation of Crimea and the ongoing Russia-backed war in the east of the country propelled an intense identity search, with a new value-based identity shared by most Ukrainians. What is the legacy of the Maidan Revolution, nearly 5 years on? Has it transformed Ukraine? the lives of its participants? What is the significance of smaller revolutions taking place in Ukraine in recent years?
This is a book talk followed by a discussion and a Q&A.