Kyiv, Ukraine

The City of Domes and Demons from the Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-2014

Roman Adrian Cybriwsky

Kyiv, Ukraine

Roman Adrian Cybriwsky

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

372 pages | 45 halftones, 6 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $52.50 ISBN: 9789462981508 Published June 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The unrest and violence in Ukraine in recent years shocked the world, and the region’s long-term future remains troublingly uncertain. Focusing on the difficulty of Kiev’s transition from socialism to market democracy, this book demonstrates how Ukraine reached this turbulent point. Roman Adrian Cybriwsky delves deeply into the changing social geography of the city, recent urban development, and critical problems such as official corruption, inequality, sex tourism, and the heedless destruction of the city’s historical architecture—all difficulties that have contributed incrementally to Ukrainian citizens’ anger against their government. This thoroughly revised edition brings Cybriwsky’s account of events and their ramifications fully up to date, offering the clearest picture we’ve had yet of what has happened—and what is likely still to come—in Ukraine.

A Note about Transliteration

Preface and Acknowledgements

1  Far from Heaven

      1.1  A Curious Face

      1.2  Graffito

      1.3  A New American

      1.4  Domes and Demons

      1.5  A Changing City

      1.6  Angry Citizens

      1.7  Linking to the Literature

      1.8  Postsocialist Urbanism

2  The Missing Museum of the History of the City of Kyiv

      2.1  Life in Limbo

      2.2  An Imperium of Raiders

      2.3  Theater at Teatralna

      2.4  A Dubious Home

3  Sketches from the Capital

      3.1  Castle Hill

      3.2  Notes from Euro 2012

      3.3  Monumental Woes

      3.4  Demons at Desiatynna

      3.5  The Ukrainian Fight Club

      3.6  A Missing Mayor

      3.7  A Geography of the President

      3.8  Helipad from Hell

4  Soviet Ways, Post-Soviet Days

      4.1  Looking after Lenin

      4.2  Red Army Birthday

      4.3  One Day in the Life of the Ukrainian Language

      4.4  May 18, 2013

      4.5  Heorhiy Ruslanovych Gongadze

      4.6  A Personal Warning?

5  Historical Memory

      5.1  Place-name Gymnastics

      5.2  Remembering the Great Patriotic War

      5.3  Babyn Yar

      5.4  The Holodomor Museum

      5.5  The Legacy of Chornobyl

      5.6  Rebuilding Religion

6  The Center of Kyiv

      6.1  A Taste of History

      6.2  Ghosts

      6.3  Maidan: Independence Square

      6.4  Khreshchatyk: Main Street Kyiv

      6.5  TsUM in Transition

      6.6  SS. Sophia, Michael, and Hyatt

      6.7  Remaking Andrew’s Descent

      6.8  Podil at a Crossroads

7  A Geography of Privilege and Pretension

      7.1  A Diamond Monster

      7.2  Face Control in Arena City

      7.3  Men in Black

      7.4  The Strange New Neighborhood of Vozdvyzhenka

      7.5  Koncha Zaspa: Gated Hideaway

      7.6  Bullies with Bentleys

8  Landscapes of Struggle

      8.1  The Killing of Oksana Makar

      8.2  Faces of Poverty

      8.3  Petty Traders

      8.4  The People’s Markets

      8.5  The Scourge of Prejudice

      8.6  Roma

9  “Suburbia”

      9.1  The Residential Ring

      9.2  Commerce, Cars, and Billboards

      9.3  The Middle Class and the Malls

      9.4  Four Photographs

10  Seamy Stories

      10.1  “No More Heroines”

      10.2  Visitors from Abroad

      10.3  Sex Tourism

      10.4  Export Wives

      10.5  River Vice

      10.6  The Voices of FEMEN

11  The Defenders of Kyiv

      11.1  Hero City

      11.2  The Grassroots

      11.3  Save Old Kyiv

      11.4  The Republic of Hostynyi Dvir

      11.5  Oleksandr Glukhov’s Apartment

      11.6  The Ordeal of Oleksandr Hudyma

      11.7  The Last Farmstead in Pozniaky

12  Reflections

      12.1  A Souvenir and a Song

      12.2  A Messy Period

      12.3  A Book Review





Review Quotes
“A valuable and timely book. . . . Highly recommended.”
AAG Review of Books
Kyiv, Ukraine is an excellent insight into the city and its people. Cybriwsky deserves praise for his astute, captivating, and perceptive study—an indispensable introduction to present-day Kyiv and its people.”
Canadian-American Slavic Studies
“Provides a complete picture of contemporary Kyiv, an increasingly significant city on the changing map of Europe. . . . Engaging.”
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