An eerie parallel in American history to Ukraine’s struggle against Russia

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•  What the Nez Perce War may presage

•  “It’s just heartbreaking how the ambition of a few can cause such damage and destruction”

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If you asked 10 Americans what they know about Chief Joseph or the Nez Perce War, eleven of them would draw a blank. But could there be a parallel to the current war in Ukraine and a war in the western United States nearly a century and a half ago?

Attorney, author, and historian Julia Sullivan says a definite “yes.”

“I’ve actually spent a fair amount of time in Ukraine. I taught at Berdyansk State Pedagogical Institute and Zaporizhzya National University in 2016, and I still have friends there,” Ms. Sullivan says in an email.  “Berdyansk is now under Russian control and the university (along with most everything else) is closed. Zaporizhzya is the site of the nuclear power plant that Russian forces infamously fired upon.”

The author of the new historical novel, “Bone Necklace,” (Brandylane; June 3, 2022), Ms. Sullivan says both wars “are David & Goliath struggles – a small but determined army facing overwhelming odds,”

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“It’s just heartbreaking how the ambition of a few can cause such damage and destruction,” Ms. Sullivan says.

She notes additional parallels between the Nez Perce War and the current situation in Ukraine. In both wars, an unlikely leader arose: Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce and President Zelensky of Ukraine and “both wars are completely senseless.”

“The Ukrainian people, like the Nez Perce, face an impossible choice: submit to autocratic rule or flee their homeland, possibly for good,” Ms. Sullivan says.  “Some Ukrainians may wind up in Canada, where the Nez Perce refugees did.”

She adds that most refugees never return home. But in 2020, nearly 150 years after the war, the Nez Perce returned to Joseph, Ore.

“One day, I hope to celebrate the return of Ukraine,” Ms. Sullivan says.

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