Online course "Crimea: History and People"

An introductory course in English on the past and present of Crimea and Crimean Tatars, the indigenous people of Ukraine.

About the course

The course tells about the Crimean Tatar state that existed for more than three centuries – the Crimean Khanatethe, about the unique culture of the Crimean Tatars and their long struggle for the right to return home.

History and culture of Crimean Tatars are an integral part not only of the history of Ukraine but also of the global one, given the problems of indigenous peoples and political, military, and ideological challenges of today.

The course is free. Language – English. The course consists of 12 video lectures. To take the course, you need to register on the international educational platform Udemy.

You will learn:

  • why it is necessary to study the history of Crimea and Crimean Tatars
  • the ancient history of the peninsula
  • the Crimean Khanate
  • the colonial policy of the Russian Empire toward Crimea
  • the fate of Crimea and Crimean Tatars in Soviet times
  • Crimea as an autonomous republic within the Ukrainian state 
  • temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia 
  • culture and daily life of the Crimean Tatars

Video about the course

Video lectures were developed by:

Dr. Olena Soboleva

ethnologist, anthropologist, senior researcher at the Research Institute of Ukrainian Studies (Kyiv), head of the Center for Applied Anthropology, and author of the book “Crimean Tatar Cuisine”

Dr. Martin-Oleksandr Kisly

a historian of Crimean Tatars and lecturer at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, whose Ph.D. thesis is entitled “Crimean Tatars’ Return to the Homeland in 1956-1989.”

Dr. Maksym Sviezhentsev

a historian of Crimea, received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario with a dissertation entitled “Phantom Limb: Russian Settler Colonialism in the Post-Soviet Crimea (1990-1997).”

Alim Aliev

Deputy Director-General of the Ukrainian Institute, journalist, human rights defender, and curator of cultural and educational projects. PEN Ukraine member, co-founder of Crimea SOS. Rapporteur of advocacy missions to international organizations, EU, and US political institutions on the situation in Crimea.

Dr. Hakan Kirimli

Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University (Ankara), a member of the board of the General Center for Cultural and Mutual Assistance of Crimean Turkic Turks in Turkey, and author of the book “National Movements and National Identity Among the Crimean Tatars (1905-1916)” ( 1996).

Dr. Oleksandra Gaidai

historian, the Head of Academic Programs at the Ukrainian Institute, a specialist in memory studies, an alumna of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and Harvard Ukraine Summer Institute. Author of the book “Stone Guest: Lenin Statues in Central Ukraine” (2016)

Narrators:

Kateryna Popravka

professional interpreter, presenter

Oles Gardzhuk

TV presenter

The online course “Crimea: History and Peoplehas been developed by the Ukrainian Institute and online education studio EdEra with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.