Naissance d’une nation européenne. Réflexions sur la question ukrainienne Olivier Weber L’aube, 2022 (published in French)

From Lviv to Odesa, from the shores of the Black Sea to the villages of central Ukraine, and to Kyiv and Kharkiv, this book, in the form of travelogues, portraits and philosophical reflections, endeavours to trace the history of Ukraine’s European roots. How the first war, in the Donbas in 2014, further encouraged the aspirations of the Ukrainian people to join the European fold. How the planned invasion only revived the process. How the brutality of Russia’s attack strengthened the assertion of nationhood. Mayors, elected officials, doctors, territorial defence volunteers, farmers, intellectuals, teachers, members of civil society – all testify to this double attachment to Europe and their own land.

Olivier Weber, who witnessed the birth of modern Ukraine thirty years ago, retraces the journey of this nascent State and its young generation – freedom fighters in search of hope.

Translated from the French by Derek Scoins

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