Cambridge has purchased access to the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine, 2013-2014 database. The resource is described by its supplier, East View, as:
“[representing] the most comprehensive collection of ephemera and primary source material from the Euromaidan protests that rocked Kiev beginning on November 21, 2013. The collection contains over 500 pages of unique print materials collected by East View researchers at Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the epicenter of the protests. East View’s one of a kind collection provides researchers and analysts with easy, time- and cost-saving access to important documents, on-the-scene photographs, and various other print materials, which in turn would allow these researchers to reconstruct the complex social and political dynamics at play during the protests with better precision.”
Readers can browse by content, source, and object type. The database’s contents are true ephemera: the object types include leaflets and flyers, stickers, ribbons, and fridge magnets. The coverage also includes newspapers and other items relating to events in Crimea, including political leaflets produced in the run-up to the Crimea referendum in March 2014.
Please do note that the file size of some of the Euromaidan Protests database content can be significant, so some pages will load slowly.
This purchase of the Euromaidan Protests database provides a crucial counterbalance to another East View resource recently acquired, the Donetsk and Luhansk Newspaper Collection, which contains newspaper issues from 2013-2015 produced in these regions. While neither database is particularly large, they provide much-needed access to material that might otherwise be lost. Both purchases were made possible thanks to the generous support of the Catherine Cooke Fund
Both databases also complement the University Library’s growing collection of printed books in Ukrainian, Russian, and English about the Euromaidan protests, the ongoing conflict in East Ukraine, and the annexation of Crimea.
Composite of samples of ephemera from the Euromaidan Protests database