Dr Zbig Wojnowski

Research Interests
Research Disciplines:
  • History
Research Keywords:
  • Cold War, the Soviet bloc, systemic transformation, popular music
  • Ukraine, Kazakhstan, USSR, Central Asia, East-Central Europe


Contact Information


  • The Near Abroad: Socialist Ukraine and the Soviet Empire in Eastern Europe, 1956-85 (University of Toronto Press, 2017)

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • ‘The Lives and Afterlives of a Soviet Misfit: Volodymyr Ivasiuk, the Emotional Crisis of Late Socialism, and the anti-Soviet Turn in Ukrainian Popular Culture’, Contemporary European History (published online March 2022, awaiting issue allocation)
  • ‘The Pop Industry from Stagnation to Perestroika: How Music Professionals Embraced Economic Reform that Broke East European Cultural Networks’, The Journal of Modern History 92:2 (2020), pp. 311-350.
  • ‘Soviet Identity Politics in Ukrainian Crimea: Friendship of the Peoples and Internal Borders in the USSR between the 1950s and the 1980s’, Acta Slavica Iaponica 40 (2020), pp.125-48.
  • ‘Impact of the Prague Spring in the USSR’ in Kevin McDermott and Matthew Stibbe (eds), Eastern Europe in 1968: Responses to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact Invasion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp.71-96.
  • ‘De-Stalinisation and the Failure of Soviet Identity Building in Kazakhstan’, The Journal of Contemporary History 52:4 (2017), pp.999-1021.
  • Guest edited and authored introduction for a special section of Nationalities Papers entitled ‘The Soviet People: National and Supranational Identities in the USSR after 1945’, Nationalities Papers 43:1 (2015), pp.1-7.
  • ‘An Unlikely Bulwark of Sovietness: Cross-Border Travel and the Soviet People in Western Ukraine, 1950s-1980s’, Nationalities Papers 43:1 (2015), pp.82-101.
  • ‘Staging Patriotism: Popular Responses to Solidarność in Soviet Ukraine, 1980-81’, Slavic Review 71:4 (2012), pp.824-48. 
  • ‘De-Stalinisation and Soviet Patriotism: Ukrainian Reactions to East European Unrest in 1956’, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 13:4 (2012), pp.799-829.

Other Publications

  • ‘Moscow’s Divide and Rule’, History Today 72:4 (April 2022)
  • ‘Putin’s “History” of Ukraine Has an All-Too Soviet Legacy’, www.opendemocracy.net (February 2022)
  • Book review of The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution by Marci Shore, The Journal of Modern History 93:1 (2021)
  • ‘The Market Decides? A Short History of Ukrainian Pop Music’, www.opendemocracy.net (April 2019)
  • ‘The East European “1968” and Its Legacies’, blog entry for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, co-authored with Matthew Stibbe (August 2018)
  • Book review of Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream by Diane Koenker, The Journal of Contemporary History 51:4 (2016)
  • ‘Whose Crimea is it anyway?’, www.opendemocracy.net (April 2014) [also available in Russian translation]
  • ‘Economic tensions worsen unrest in eastern Ukraine’, Al Jazeera America (25 March 2014) [also available in Turkish translation]
  • ‘“We are in for a shock”: Teaching Soviet History at Nazarbayev University’, NewsNet (August 2013)
  •  ‘Postcard from Astana’, The World Today 69:3 (April 2013)