Book

The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution

Photo of the cover of the book titled "The Ukrainian Night."

Marci Shore, associate professor of history

(Yale University Press)

While the world watched the uprising in Ukraine during the winter of 2013-14 as an episode in geopolitics, the author contends, those in that country 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 book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore blends a narrative of choices with a historian’s reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She 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 strives to provide a lesson about human solidarity in a world where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced.