Ukraine: History, Culture and Identities

A short introductory course in the history, culture, and society of Ukraine from the Middle Ages to the present.
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1hr of on-demand video

Transformation of Eastern Europe by the Viking Age
Origin and decline of Kyivan Rus’
The effect of the Reformation on Ukrainian lands, the creation of the Uniate Church
The Cossacks’ military organization, their role in European wars, and the creation of Cossacks’ state
Ukrainian lands under the reign of two empires during the XIXth century
The rise of culture and art in the 1920s (Ukrainian modernism)
The causes and consequences of Stalinism in Ukraine, the Ukrainian experience of World War II
Ukrainian dissident movement in the Soviet state
Ukrainian struggle for independence and democracy after the collapse of the USSR


  • There is no specific academic knowledge needed. Students should be able to use a PC or a mobile device at beginner level and understand English.


Ukraine. The largest country in Europe with its capital in Kyiv.

Ukraine has more than a thousand-year history associated with numerous stereotypes. Like most Eastern European countries, it is a rather young country. Ukraine declared its independence only in 1991. Nevertheless, since then, it managed to survive three revolutions struggling for the protection of democratic values ​​and human rights; radically change the vector of international politics; and advance significantly in the development of arts and culture.

What about the events and processes taking place before the independence was declared? What historical and cultural heritage was preserved by Ukraine when it entered the 21st century?

We offer you a short introductory course in the history, culture, and society of Ukraine from the Middle Ages to the present.

You will be guided by experienced researchers, experts in history and political science, and leading professors of the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy".

The online course "Ukraine: History, Culture, and Identities" has been developed by the Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and online education studio EdEra.

Who this course is for:

  • Diplomats
  • Academics
  • Historians
  • Journalists
  • Students


Public Institution
Ukrainian Institute EdEra
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  • 9,848 Students
  • 6 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.

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