April 22, 2021
The Yale History podcast is a new project at the History Department at Yale University that will present a series of interviews with historians from our department on a wide range of historical topics based on their research and expertise. You can find this and future episodes on the Yale History Podcast playlist on Yale’s Soundcloud or listen with the player below.
In the second episode, we explore Professor Marci Shore’s 2017 book, The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution. Shore explores the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution and subsequent war in Donbas through the lens of interviews and first-hand accounts with participants. This work addresses the experience of subjectivity through participation in the revolution. It also explores the role of identity and personal experience in bringing people into the streets during the revolution and in defining the meanings attached to their participation. The interview was recorded even as Russia has begun once again building its troop presence on the Ukrainian border.
Marci Shore is an Associate Professor of History at Yale and a specialist in the intellectual history of modern East and Central Europe. She is also the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968 (Yale, 2006) and The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe (Crown Books/Random House, 2013).
Dr. Shore discusses her work with Kevin Gledhill (Ph.D. Yale, 2020), a Graduate Alumni Fellow at Yale and historian of Iran and the Caspian Sea in the 18th and 19th centuries.
For more on this subject, please read Marci Shore’s book, The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution