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Ukraine: Culture

A guide of sources and links about the current crisis in Ukraine, and other sources on Ukrainian history and culture.




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Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) was an iconic Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, and political figure throughout the nineteenth century. Known for many masterpieces as a painter and illustrator, Shevchenko drew his inspiration from Ukrainian folklore and heritage. Due to the distress caused by the Russian empire in 1844, Shevchenko decided to create an etched album of Ukraine's historical ruins and cultural monuments, titled Picturesque Ukraine. A similar album of watercolor and pencil drawings was done in 1845.

The artwork featured above is Chyhyryn from the Subotove Road, created in 1845. Chyhyryn is a city and historical cite located in central Ukraine. Minor industries, such as food and furniture factories, are the basis of the town economy in the 21st century. 

Want to learn more about Ukrainian Culture? Watch the documentary Art of the Ukraine. Be sure to use Socialism on Film to find more documentaries and newsreels on Ukraine. 

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Letters from Heaven features an international group of scholars investigating the place and function of 'popular' religion in Eastern Slavic cultures. The contributors examine popular religious practices in Russia and Ukraine from the middle ages to the present, considering the cultural contexts of death rituals, miracles, sin and virtue, cults of the saints, and icons. The collection not only fills a void in religious scholarship, but also responds to current theoretical challenges. 

Letters from Heaven is characterized by a shift of focus from churches, institutions, and theological discourse to the religious practices themselves and their interconnections with the culture, mentality, and social structures of the societies in question. An important contribution to the fields of religion and Eastern Slavic studies, this volume challenges readers to rethink old pieties and to reconsider the function of religion. 

Try using JSTOR to access more books and articles on Ukraine.