Ukraine: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)

October 31, 2020
Ukraine: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)

This revised and updated edition of Culture Smart! Ukrainereveals a country in the throes of change. The euphoria of thefamous Orange Revolution has vanished. The momentum for reform hasbeen checked and the forces of authoritarianism have returned. Evenso, modernization continues apace and people are eager to be seenas European. The recent political instability highlights thecontradictions of Ukrainian society. Ukrainians are proud of theirroots, and reticent about the traumas of their past; the countryparticipates in international space programs and produces theworld’s largest aircraft, but still lives in a world ofsuperstitions. The Ukrainian way of life is intertwined withancient customs, the old Soviet legacy, and the search for a newEuropean identity. What strikes visitors to this fascinating andimportant country is the heady mix of ancient history and youthfulenergy, the resilience of the people, and their generosity ofspirit. For the twentieth anniversary of its independence, Ukrainereceived quite a present—hosting the key matches of Euro 2012. Nowit has a game of its own: to show the world that it is a seriousplayer. This new edition of Culture Smart! Ukraine will enable youto visit the country with open eyes. It describes the history thathas shaped the Ukrainian psyche, explains present-day values andattitudes, and offers practical advice on what to expect and how tobehave. It aims to make you feel at ease, whether you are shoppingin a market, dining out, or attending a business meeting.