This Blessed Land

This Blessed Land

Crimea and the Crimean Tatars

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An authoritative introduction to this fascinating region, 'This Blessed Land' is the first book in English to trace the vast history of Crimea from pre-historic times to the present. Written by Paul Robert Magocsi, author of 'A History of Ukraine: The Land and Its Peoples' and the 'Historical Atlas of Central Europe', 'This Blessed Land' will captivate general readers and serious scholars alike.
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, for the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto, 2014
ISBN: 9780772751102
Branch Call Number: 947.71 MAG

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delfon
Sep 08, 2014

The title is a bit of an oxymoron given the history the author brings up. The Land has been settled by a vaste number of different peoples. Current population is 71% Rus, and 30% Ukrainian? But who really is Ukrainian? Initially being Polish/Lithuanian; .
One is treated to an adventurous ride though a small part of Eastern Europe (a playground to the powerful many times); which involves many aspects of past European history. 97% literacy in 1934, sure beat everywheres else. Chinggis Khans legacy. Tatar involvements. Taurians who seem now to have disapppeared. Greeks, Byzantines, Alans, Samartianas, Italians(Geneose), Romans, Goths, Sythians and so on.A centre for the Crimean Khanate -- encompassing eastern Ukraine. Serves to show things are of many shades in Eastern Europe, and anyone with sense, will hold back on judgement.

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