The way of the history of Ukraine to the world context through the tragedy of the Second World War. Views of western researchers

  • L. Prylutska Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University
Keywords: Russian-centric history, «cold war», Sovietology, revisionist historians, World War II, problems of Ukraine


The article analyzes the peculiarities of the study of the history of Ukraine, starting with the period when they had only the Russian-centric character. One of the reasons for this was the false division of nations into «historical» and «non-historical». Considered are discussion aspects in the reflection of historical events, especially connected with the Second World War, during the ideological confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. The conclusion is made about the substantial inhibition of objective historical research during of this «cold war». The reasons for the emergence of revisionist historians, increase attention to microhistory, anthropological discourse, strengthening of the position of historians of the socio-historical school have been clarified. It has been proved that since late XX –early XXI century, interest in Ukraine problems, especially during the Second World War, increased significantly in Western historiography.


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Prylutska, L. (2019). The way of the history of Ukraine to the world context through the tragedy of the Second World War. Views of western researchers. Zaporizhzhia Historical Review, 2(52), 38-45. Retrieved from