Crimea: History and People

An online course on the past and present of Crimea and Crimean Tatars— indigenous people of Ukraine
Free tutorial
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2,910 students
1hr 36min of on-demand video

Why it is necessary to study the history of Crimea and Crimean Tatars
Ancient history of the peninsula
The Crimean Khanate
The colonial policy of the Russian Empire towards Crimea
The fate of Crimea and Crimean Tatars in Soviet times
Crimea as an autonomous republic in Ukraine
Temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia
Culture and daily life of the Crimean Tatars


  • No experience is required.


Crimea is a famous landmark that has witnessed many well-known historical events such as the Crimean War (1853-56) and the Yalta Conference (1945). And Crimean landscapes have become an inspiration for writers and artists. However, the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea is much more than that.

In this course, we suggest you discover a different side to Crimea and learn about its complex past by looking at Crimea from the perspective of its indigenous people — the Crimean Tatars. Awareness of Crimea and its history is essential for understanding historical developments in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, problems of indigenous peoples, and political, military, and ideological challenges of the modern world.

Scholars from Ukraine and Turkey will help you do that.

Dr. Olena Soboleva, ethnologist, anthropologist, senior researcher at the Research Institute of Ukrainian Studies (Kyiv), head of the Center for Applied Anthropology, and author of the book “Crimean Tatar Cuisine”

Dr. Martin-Oleksandr Kisly, a historian of Crimean Tatars and lecturer at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, whose Ph.D. thesis is entitled “Crimean Tatars’ Return to the Homeland in 1956-1989.”.

Dr. Maksym Sviezhentsev, a historian of Crimea, received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario with a dissertation entitled “Phantom Limb: Russian Settler Colonialism in the Post-Soviet Crimea (1990-1997).”

Alim Aliev, Deputy Director-General of the Ukrainian Institute, journalist, human rights defender, and curator of cultural and educational projects. PEN Ukraine member, co-founder of Crimea SOS. Rapporteur of advocacy missions to international organizations, EU, and US political institutions on the situation in Crimea.

Dr. Hakan Kirimli, Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University (Ankara), a member of the board of the General Center for Cultural and Mutual Assistance of Crimean Turkic Turks in Turkey, and author of the book “National Movements and National Identity Among the Crimean Tatars (1905-1916)” (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1996).

Dr. Oleksandra Gaidai, a historian, the Head of Academic Programs at the Ukrainian Institute, a specialist in memory studies, an alumna of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and Harvard Ukraine Summer Institute. Author of the book “Stone Guest: Lenin Statues in Central Ukraine.”


  • Kateryna Popravka, professional interpreter, presenter

  • Oles Gardzhuk, communicator, and TV presenter

The online course “Crimea: History and People” has been developed by the Ukrainian Institute and online education studio EdEra with the financial support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

All visuals, photographs, and video materials are taken from open public sources and used exclusively for educational purposes.

Who this course is for:

  • Students
  • Historians
  • Ethnographers
  • Scholars of Islam and the Middle East
  • Journalists
  • Diplomats and international relations specialists
  • Human rights activists


Public Institution
Ukrainian Institute EdEra
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 659 Reviews
  • 14,556 Students
  • 5 Courses

The Ukrainian Institute is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Our mission is to strengthen Ukraine's international standing through the means of cultural diplomacy. We facilitate international connections between people and institutions and create opportunities for Ukraine to interact and cooperate with the world.

EdEra is a Ukrainian online education studio with 8 years of experience in developing comprehensive educational materials. Our mission is to make education accessible and inspiring. The studio has implemented more than 150 educational projects for more than 1,500,000 users. We have cooperated with more than 50 partners from different areas — public sector, large funds and organizations, and corporate sector to create projects that are part of the reformation of the formal education system, improving the qualifications of state-level specialists, social qualitative changes, strengthening business through corporate training, as well as projects for personal development.

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