The Former Soviet Union: Ukraine: Then and Now Reviews

The Baltic States: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-644-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-645-8
The South Caucasus: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-650-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-651-9
The Central Asian States: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-694-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-695-3
Ukraine: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-708-0 / eBook: 978-1-60152-709-7
The Russian Federation: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-692-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-693-9
Library Media Connection, September 1, 2015

This series reveals that the Soviet Union heavily influenced its former satellites economically, socially, and politically. It highlights the atrocities that continue to haunt the cultural fabric of its former satellites. Each title succinctly narrates the current state of affairs of a specific region in order to guide the reader into its history, and then briefly explains the people who occupied the region prior to Soviet domination. Each title contains five focus chapters: geography, economy, politics, social, and future challenges. The pages are sprinkled with colorful paintings, glossy photographs, and boxes that contain pertinent quotes and excerpts from primary sources. Teachers will appreciate the discussion of the actions of the Soviet Union that directly influence contemporary affairs.


The Russian Federation: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-692-2 eBook: 978-1-60152-693-9
Ukraine: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-708-0 eBook: 978-1-60152-709-7
The Baltic States: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-644-1 eBook: 978-1-60152-645-8
VOYA, February 1, 2015

A five-book series on the former Soviet Union, these brief but balanced volumes contain enough information for an introduction to the subject, though only enough to supplement in a survey course, or serve as enough information to whet the appetite of students who may want to delve further into the topics. Each volume is colorful and eye-catching, continuing the yellow and red color scheme of the covers, each of which includes a map of the area being discussed, and the first page of each chapter mirrors the cover colors. All are similarly organized with a timeline, introduction that briefly discusses recent events, and five chapters that cover history, politics, economics, daily life, and the future, followed by source notes, facts, sources for further research, and an index. Some contain picture credits and author information. Illustrations are predominately from primary sources, in both black-and-white and color, and special topics of interest are spotlighted in color blocks. The use of quotations—also in colored blocks—brings the human aspect into the narrative. Although costly considering the length, this series deserves a place in all secondary school collections


The Baltic States: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-644-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-645-8
The South Caucasus: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-650-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-651-9
The Central Asian States: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-694-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-695-3
Ukraine: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-708-0 / eBook: 978-1-60152-709-7
The Russian Federation: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-692-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-693-9
School Library Journal, October 1, 2014

Gr 7 Up—As violence continues in Ukraine and tensions rise between the United States and Russia, these books are both timely (Ukraine includes the Russian annexation of Crimea) and informative. Each one opens with an introduction to its region, followed by chapters about its pre-Soviet, Soviet-controlled, and post-Soviet national, political, economic, and cultural history. Authors are unsparing in their descriptions of communist brutality, which resulted in millions of deaths, economic failure, and environmental degradation, and are also critical of the endemic corruption that has stifled post-Soviet economic growth. Books are illustrated with average-quality photos, and brief sidebars provide additional information about topics such as Chernobyl and the Iron Curtain. This well-written set reveals how communist domination caused almost incomprehensible suffering for millions of people and how Soviet misrule has diminished current and future prospects. Strong and timely additions.


Ukraine: Then and Now: ISBN 978-1-60152-708-0 eBook: 978-1-60152-709-7
Booklist, October 1, 2014

This entry in the Former Soviet Union: Then and Now series is a comprehensive look at Ukraine’s turbulent history, from its foundation to its current state of unrest. Introduced with a time line and brief overview of some of the challenges facing Ukraine today, the book is divided into five chapters focusing on different aspects of the country‚Äôs history, creating a well-rounded study. Each chapter is augmented with maps, photos, statistics, and fact boxes that highlight events of particular importance. Stewart does not hold back when describing Ukraine’s harrowing history, whether explaining Stalin’s imposed famine or the horrors of Chernobyl, but neither does she dwell on them unnecessarily. An excellent resource for middle-school students and a valuable addition to any school library.