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Book reviewer for Krytyka.com
In this elucidation of the history of Slobozhanshchyna (Slobidska Ukraine) and Kharkiv, Volodymyr Kravchenko offers Ukrainian historians new perspectives on regional history writing. The book is comparative and employs the notions of borderland and the great frontier, as well as regional and national identity, with methodologies from urban studies and cultural geography, backed by substantial theoretical explanations. Many of its passages are inherently controversial, however this is likely what makes the monograph such a compelling read, bound to attract public interest and discussion.