Roger Hudson details the political and social events that provided Tsar Nicholas II’s prewar visit to Kiev with a tense background.
Vladimir Putin is by no means the first Russian leader to threaten his neighbours with force and annexations. Two centuries ago European statesmen faced a similar predicament. Only then it was Poland at stake, not Ukraine, as Mark Jarrett explains.
During the fierce struggle that followed the Russian Revolution, writes David Footman, an intrepid Ukrainian guerilla leader waged war against Whites and Reds alike.
Britain and Russia came close to blows over Crimea in the 18th century.
It is the issue of Russian identity, rather than strategic or economic importance, that lies at the heart of the Crimean crisis, argues Alexander Lee
The legacy of the Crimean War still resonates in Ukraine, as Hugh Small explains.
The turmoil in Ukraine has a strong religious dimension. Catherine Wanner asks if a common Christian heritage may yet help maintain relations with its Russian neighbour.
In Ukraine, it’s not just the future which is at stake. It’s the past, too.