The Crimea was incorporated into the Russian Federation in March 2014 – less than four months after pro-European protests commenced on Kiev’s Independence Square. Both events are emblematic of a dispute in which the Ukrainian people is both united and divided: At its centre lies the question of where – between East and West – the Ukraine belongs.
Until today, differing conceptions of the past are used to justify current positions and back up demands, and even military action is not shied away from in their enforcement. Alexey Miller (European University St. Petersburg) and Georgiy Kasianov (Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Kiev) will join us to discuss what common ground and which divisions are laid out in the shared past of Russia and the Ukraine. Katja Gloger, long-time Moscow correspondent of German „Stern“-magazine, will moderate the discussion.
Are Russia and Ukraine divided or united by their common history? As a prelude to their live discussion as part of the “history@debate” series, historians Alexey Miller and Georgyi Kasianov discuss the dividing lines in the historical narratives of Russian and in Ukrainian history and their importance for the current conflict.
Berlin Policy Journal Interview with Georgiy Kasianov and Alexej Miller.