How did Ukraine come into being? Who and when ‘created’ Ukraine and its people? Dr Olena Palko speaks about “a revolution in perception” of Ukraine in the wake of the First World War and the role of experts in thinking Ukraine into being. The presentation is based on the collective volume “Making Ukraine. Negotiating, Contesting, and Drawing the Borders in the Twentieth Century” (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022), co-edited by Olena Palko and Constantin Ardeleanu, which sets to re-examine Ukraine’s territorial definitions and investigate the making of its physical borders through processes of negotiation, delimitation and demarcation to which state actors and local actors, or natural factors, have contributed.
Chair: Raul Cârstocea – Lecturer in Twentieth-Century European History, Department of History, Maynooth University
Discussion with Dr Olena Palko, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Birkbeck University