Ukraine's attainment of political independence has focused world attention on relations between Ukraine and Russia, the two most powerful successor states to the USSR. This collection of essays by eminent specialists provides a reliable and detailed guide to the subject, examining the historical, political, cultural, religious, economic, and demographic aspects of Ukrainian-Russian relations.
Jaroslaw Pelenski discusses the contest for the "Kievan Inheritance," while Edward L. Keenan and Hans-Joachim Torke consider relations between Muscovy and Ukraine in the early modern period. Marc Raeff's essay is devoted to intellectual and political encounters during the modern period; Edgar Hösch discusses Paul I and Ukraine; and Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak examines the record of co-operation and conflict between Ukrainian and Russian women.
Myth and history in the evolution of Ukrainian consciousness is the subject of John A. Armstrong's contribution. John S. Reshetar, Jr. analyzes conflicting interpretations of the Ukrainian revolution, and Yaroslav Bilinsky discusses Ukrainian-Russian political relations in the recent past. James Cracraft, George G. Grabowicz, and Bohdan R. Bociurkiw consider the development of artistic, literary, and religious relations in their respective essays. Ralph S. Clem analyzes demographic developments and Peter Woroby considers the impact of socio-economic change. There is a concluding essay by Nicholas Riasanovsky and an appendix containing an exchange between Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Jaroslaw Pelenski.