That puzzled me, since my answer to that question was much simpler.
Then something else happened when I searched the University library for anything on Ukraine and found Andrew Wilson`s “Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation.” The title fascinated me as a rather silly one. How can we be an unexpected nation if our glorious history dates thousands years back to Trypillian culture? I picked up the book just to make sure the author is a complete idiot. But when I read it from cover to cover, I was shocked as it provided a complete brainwashing-free look at my country’s history – something which my education in Ukraine did not provide.
Of course, I knew that parts of Ukraine came together only in 1954, but I never thought about my country in terms of how artificial it really is.