"This book addresses Ukraine's national historical project and the various problems inherent in an ethnocentric approach. Using contributions by a team of international experts on Ukraine, it offers new and insightful questions about approaches to the topic, and the result is a volume of the highest quality. Implicitly or overtly it challenges the current national history, which it perceives as being similar to Soviet versions in its one-sidedness and subjection to an interventionist state. As the editors point out in their introduction, Ukraine's history lends itself particularly well to the transnational approach since it was not a strong nation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As they claim, the accidental outcome of this book is the provision of an alternative reader of Ukrainian history, a welcome development for a new nation with a troubled and complex past."