Online Seminar: The Curse of Empire. Russia's tradition of domination over Ukraine and Poland and Germany's share in it

October 26, 18:00-19:30 CET

With Martin Schulze Wessel, Polina Barvinska and Frank Sysyn, moderated by Guido Hausmann    



This seminar is going to be a discussion based on Martin Schulze Wessel’s recent book “The Curse of the Empire. Ukraine, Poland, and the Aberration in Russian History” (Original German title: “Der Fluch des Imperiums. Die Ukraine, Polen und der Irrweg in der russischen Geschichte”). Besides the Russian-Polish-Ukrainian imperial entanglements since the 18th century, another point of discussion will be what role Germany/Prussia has played in it and what it implies for today’s German-Ukrainian relations.

The speakers will be:

The panel will be chaired by Guido Hausmann, University of Regensburg (Germany). At the end of the webinar, there will be a Q&A section where questions from the audience will be read out. The seminar is held in English with simultaneous translation into Ukrainian.

To participate, please register here. A recording of the seminar will be published on the Youtube channel of the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission.


The seminar series is a joint initiative by the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and the Ukraine-based scholarly journal "Ukraina Moderna. We thank for the sponsorship by the German Academic Exchange service (DAAD) with funds of the German Foreign Ministry and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Kyiv.