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In this episode, Austin Charron (University of Wisconsin-Madison, www.austincharron.com/) and Oleksandr-Martin Kysly (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) discuss the experiences of the Crimean Tatars before the Second World War and their forced deportation to Central Asia and Siberia in 1944. Our guests also consider the Crimean Tatars’ return to Ukraine from exile, following the lifting of the ban on their return in 1989, placing the so-called “Crimean Tatar problem” in the broader context of late-Soviet national policy and the subsequent challenges faced by the new Ukrainian government in the early 1990s. In addition, they also consider allegiances and the contested nature of Crimean Tatar affiliation to Ukraine in view of Russia's occupation of Crimea since 2014.
"Eastern Europe's Minorities in a Century of Change", a podcast series on the history of minorities and minority experiences in twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe prepared by the BASEES Study Group for Minority History to mark the Institute for Historical Research’s centenary. The co-conveners of the Study Group are Olena Palko (Birkbeck) and Samuel Foster (University of East Anglia)