Book Talk: The Russo-Ukrainian War and the Return of History

Many of the roots of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the tensions leading up to the invasion, are to be found in the old, complex and contested historical relationship between Russians and Ukrainians. To discuss this history and its role in the present conflict, Anatol Lieven, Director of the Eurasia Program at the Quincy Institute, will be joined by the distinguished Ukrainian historian Serhii Plokhy. They will talk about Dr. Plokhy’s latest book, The Russo-Ukrainian War: The Return of History (W.W. Norton May 2023).


Serhii Plokhy

Dr. Serhii Plokhy is Director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the most famous living Ukrainian historian. His works include the standard text on Ukrainian history and New York Times bestseller, "The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (2021)" and "Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis". His book, "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (2015)", won the Pushkin House Russian book prize and the Lionel Gelber Prize for the world’s best book in English on global issues.

Anatol Lieven

Dr. Anatol Lieven directs the Eurasia Program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He was formerly a professor at Georgetown University in Qatar and in the War Studies Department of King’s College London. From 1985 to 1998, Lieven worked as a journalist in South Asia, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and covered the wars in Afghanistan, Chechnya and the southern Caucasus. Lieven is the author of several books, including "Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power?" and "Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry."