The Tragedy of Ukraine: Hard Lessons to Learn from the Classics

“The Tragedy of Ukraine: Hard Lessons to Learn From Classics,” Russia in Global Affairs, vol. 16, № 4 October/December 2018, pp. 52-71. DOI: 10.31278/2618-9844-2018-16-4-52-71

20 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2019

Date Written: December 2018

Abstract

As the war in Ukraine enters its fifth year, it remains mired in debt, corruption, and strife. The country seems to be caught up, again, in a vicious cycle that has been repeating itself for decades, if not centuries. Classical Greek tragedy gives us a deeper look at the reasons behind Ukraine’s persistent failure to achieve social stability, and to suggest remedies. The tragic cycle can be broken through a compromise in which individual, social and divine aspirations for justice are reconciled. As long as Ukrainian leaders seek to achieve justice without compromise, the nation’s self-destructive cycle is likely to persist.

Keywords: Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian relations, Maidan, Greek tragedy, Donbass, Russophone Ukrainians

Suggested Citation

Petro, Nicolai N., The Tragedy of Ukraine: Hard Lessons to Learn from the Classics (December 2018). “The Tragedy of Ukraine: Hard Lessons to Learn From Classics,” Russia in Global Affairs, vol. 16, № 4 October/December 2018, pp. 52-71. DOI: 10.31278/2618-9844-2018-16-4-52-71. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3351171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3351171

Nicolai N. Petro (Contact Author)

University of Rhode Island ( email )

Political Science Department
Washburn Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.npetro.net

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