- Virko Baley
- and Sofia Hrytsa
Country in Europe. It is located in the Steppes to the south of the central Russian upland, with an area of 603,700 km² and a population of 50.8 million (2000 estimate). Ukraine is a historic land, but historically unrevealed. Its political and cultural history has not enjoyed an extended independent existence for centuries. Consequently, Ukrainian culture has had a series of sporadic emergences, between which it kept its identity welded to each of the societies that controlled Ukrainian politics, whether Russian, Polish or Austro-Hungarian. Discussion of Ukrainian culture has always been in the context of countries and empires that ruled various parts of it and its accomplishments were used as fodder to build other cultures opposed to its development, even its existence. In a sense, Ukrainian culture has lived in diaspora in its own homeland....