Donetsk is the heart of the industrial revolution that took place in the late 19th century in the former Soviet Union and still influences the culture and way of life to this day. Many families are directly influenced by the coal and metallurg factories that dot the landscape.
Throughout its relatively young history, the city has been influenced by the Welsh (John Hughes founded the city), by Russians who controlled the land for much of the 20th century, and now, to some degree, a Ukrainian resurgence. All of these influences can be seen by the monuments that have been erected to pay honor to those who have played a part in the history of the city.
The college students of today are the first generation to have lived completely outside of Communism. Over the course of the next 20 years, this new generation will influence the next generation and its culture.