Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745337371 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Ukraine and the Empire of Capital

From Marketisation to Armed Conflict

Yuliya Yurchenko

Ukraine and the Empire of Capital

Yuliya Yurchenko

Distributed for Pluto Press

248 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745337371 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337388 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
From the Orange Revolution to Euromaidan, Ukraine has been in turmoil for decades. With Russia now threatening its borders and with simmering civil unrest, the country’s stability hangs by a thread. In Ukraine and the Empire of Capital, Yuliya Yurchenko analyzes these dramatic events through the lens of the country’s post-Soviet past. Providing distinctive and unexplored reflections on the origins of the conflict, Yurchenko challenges the four central myths that underlie Ukraine’s post-Soviet reality: the myth of transition, the myth of democracy, the myth of two Ukraines, and the myth of the other. With a particular focus on Ukraine’s relations with the United States, European Union, and Russia, Yurchenko provides the first deep study of contemporary Ukrainian political economy from a Marxist perspective. 
 
Contents
List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Preface
Map of Ukraine
 
1. Per aspera ad nebulae or to market through a hybrid civil war: survival myths of systemic failure
2. Capitalist antecedents in the late USSR
3. Social destruction and kleptocratic construction of the early 1990s
4. Class formation and social fragmentation
5. Neoliberal kleptocracy, FDI and transnational capital
6. ‘Two Ukraines’, One ‘Family’, and geopolitical crossroads
7. The Bloody Winter and the ‘Gates of Europe’
8. Geopolitics, the elusive ‘Other’, and the nebulous telos of Europe
 
Notes
Bibliography
Index
 
Review Quotes
Simon Pirani, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
“In this thought-provoking book, Yuliya Yurchenko focuses on Ukraine's class dynamics and political economy and puts them in international context. Her analytical approach is a breath of fresh air amidst a fog of stale commentary that assumes Ukraine is all about geopolitical ‘pro-western’ or ‘pro-Russian’ narratives.”
 
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