Dedicated to Ukraine’s 2013-2014 Revolution of Dignity and Democracy. The movement’s first sparks were ignited in Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), which stands in the heart of the capital and is the site of previous mass mobilizations for democratic reform. It has always been a place for gathering and debate, but the Revolution has brought a whole new meaning to the “Maidan.” It is much more than a place. It is a movement that has transformed civil society and demands political accountability. The Revolution’s mass protests forced Ukraine’s corrupt President to flee and ushered opposition leaders into power. Through vivid photographs and accompanying text, this book documents and explains Euromaidan—as a historical event, as a set of shared values, and as a form of self-organisation and creative expression.
This book assembles the most compelling photographs taken by Ukrainian photographers at the Maidan from November of 2013 to February of 2014. Two articles open the book: historian Yaroslav Hrytsak describes its sources, causes, and driving forces; philosopher Taras Liutyi explores the Maidan as a collection of myths. A chronology of events, a map of the Maidan, and a list of those who were killed during the protests accompany the images.