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Donbas: Ten Top Non-Fiction Books About This Region

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Freedom and Terror in Donbas

Hiroaki Kuromia


Chinese Legion

Nikolay Karpenko


Donetsko-Krivorozhskaya Republic:Shot Dream

Vladimir Kornilov


Lemki in Luganschina: history and culture

Collective work


Ethnos. Values. Communications

Illya Kononov


Donbas and Ukraine

Mykola Scripnik


Donetchina and Luganschina - cosack territories of Ukraine (XVI-XVIII centuries)

Taras Chuhlib


Donetskaya Mafia

Sergey Kuzin, Boris Penchuk


Reflections About Luganskaya Vandeya

Aleksandr Yeriomenko


The Cultural Map of Lugansk

Konstantin Scorkin

Hiroaki Kuromia - Japanese, Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington

Hiroaki Kuromia

Hiroaki Kuromia

No Man Is a Hero in his Hometown

  • The electronic edition Real Gazeta published the ten top books about Donbas. This rank based on the opinion of its readers. The best book about Donbas at present is of Hiroaki Kuromia. He managed to find a necessary tune for description of the Donbas' past. In his opinion, there are key-notions of the Donbas' reality such as Freedom and Terror.
  • On the one hand, Donbas was the territory of freedom, specific industrial Sich. One was running for finding shelter from regimented life, problems with the law, in searching a new life.
  • On the other hand, the Donbas society was very cruel with outrage and suppression of the personality. This synthesis formed the phenomenon of the "Donbas character". It composes of pertinence and doom, pride, and obedience. We would add fatalism and rebelliousness. Historical sketches of Kuromia rhyme brightly with nowadays of Donbas.

Freedom and Terror

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Chinese Legion, Nikolai Karpenko, the Ukrainian Historian

This is interesting research about the participation of Chinese mercenaries- "internationalists" in the civil war of the former Russian Empire. The considerable part of the book is about Donbas because the Red Army had recruited Chinese just in this territory. Nikolai Karpenko treats his heroes with sympathy. He considers that the complex situation determined their participation in the civil war. The tsarist authorities brought them to enterprises. Contrary, in the circumstances of the Empire's collapse they turned up without means for existence. Only Bolsheviks lent them a willing strong hand.

Chinese volunteers

Chinese volunteers

Chinese Legion

Chinese Legion in Donbas

Chinese Legion in Donbas

Ukrainophobia of the Author

At the same time, the author must envisage inhuman acts of the civil war in which the Chinese took part. The obsessive Ukrainophobia may be relevant to shortages of his work. Karpenko doesn't lose a good opportunity to insert the pin Ukraine. He blames speculatively the just arisen Ukranian power in the lack of care on the destiny of Chinese. That was impossible in the chaos of the civil war.

Reflections on the Luhansk's Vandeya, Aleksandr Yeriomenko

  • This is a book of the forced migrant. It gives means the causes of humanitarian catastrophe occurred with Luhansk. Perhaps, there is the first publicist work of such nature. The author, philosopher, and participant of the intellectual study group "Montaigne's Society", keeps his chronicle of the separatist revolt. He gathers personal, diary notes with reflections about the nature of Donbas' question. Lively dialogue with separatists, bitter intellectual debates about the destiny of Great and Small Motherland get on the very unusual mosaic.Yeriomenko proposed one of his meaningful ideas about Lugansk. Not adherence to the "Russian World" destroyed this region, but the militant philistinism did it.
  • The author considers that Lugansk's residents were enable to real civic activities. Even local meetings of Maidan and Anti-Maidan were representing the absolute minority of the town's people.Contrary, the main population was an unmeaning majority without a voice of decision and limited with a frantic world. Due to circumstances, they transformed into inhabitants of "small but pride republic".

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