Ukraina in history


Ukraina in History

Ukraine became independent in 1991. The history of the modern Ukrainian state is thus not very long, but the history of the Ukrainian people goes back more than a thousand years. However, the Ukrainians have during centuries lived in the shadow of Russia and therefore their history has remained unfamiliar for most Europeans, Swedes included. This book gives the Swedish reader a unique chance to fill this knowledge gap. It is the first Swedish historiographic book, intended for a broad public, that describes Ukraine’s history from oldest times until the Majdan revolution and the start of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in 2014.
The book is indispensable for all who want to understand the reasons of the current conflict. It is a must for all Swedes who want to know more about Ukraine than solely what is presented in the media. The book is based on a wide range of scientific, historiographic works written in various languages.
Peter Johnsson is a historian and a journalist, a great storyteller with deep knowledge of East- and Central Europe. Through his earlier books Poland in History and Stalin’s Murders in Katyn he proved that he is skilled at communicating the East- and Center European culture to Swedes. This book about Ukraine’s history confirms this and shows once again Peter Johnsson’s outstanding intellectual and emotional engagement for the people he writes about.

 Barbara Törnquist-Plewa professor in Easter- and Central Europe studies at Lund University



Poland in History

Based on thorough studies of modern Polish history research, this book tells Poland’s history from the oldest times up till 2009. Did the Gotes migrate from Sweden two thousand years ago to the polish Baltic coast or is this only a myth? Did the Nordic Vikings participate in the founding of the Polish state during the 10th century? New archaeological findings in Poland have led historians to consider surprising reevaluations of Poland’s oldest history. These are some of the questions the author discusses in this book. The Polish royal aristocratic state (“adelsrepubliken”), the division of Poland by foreign powers during the 18th century, Poland’s independence during the inter-war period, communist Poland and the emergence of the modern Polish state are carefully described. The last part is dedicated to Poland’s first five years in the European Union.

1. First edition September 2009, sold out. 
2. Second edition November 2010, augmented and updated.



Stalin's Murders in Katyn

Stalin’s conscious execution of around 25.000 polish officers, under-officers, policemen and other intellectuals during the spring of 1940 is one of the second World War’s many horrifying events. The murders in “Katyn”, with the word “Katyn” symbolizing one of many execution sites, played an important political role during the war. It was first after the fall of communism that the Soviet Union started to open its earlier completely closed archives. Today ample documentation is available both on the Polish as well as the Russian side. Based on this documentation I describe the course of events from the beginning of World War II until the Nurnbergs trials and the political aftermath in both Poland, Western Europe and the United States after the war.

1. First edition, April 2010, sold out. 
2. Second edition, September 2010, with a new foreword after the crash in Smolensk.






This book, which only exists in Finnish, was written before Poland’s accession to the European Eunion. I wrote it together with my colleague of many ears from the Finnish TV and Radio, Yrjö Lautela.

Edita publishing, Helsinki 2004


Poland in Europa

Mandatory reading for the one who wants to get to know European history. 
The Swedish Radio’s Polish editorial staff

To follow his gaze gives both unexpected and nuanced perspectives on Poland’s history during almost eleven centuries. 
Małgorzata Anna Packalén, professor at the Slavic institute at Uppsala University

His book is solid work ... the historical review is brilliant.. Peter Englund is subject to excruciating polemic.
Gregor Flakierskie, Tidningen Ångermanland (die Ångermanland Zeitung) 

The book is sold out (Carlsson publishing).