Author profile: David R. Marples

David R. Marples is a Distinguished University Professor of Russian and East European History and currently Chairman of the Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Canada. He is the author of 15 books, including ‘Our Glorious Past’: Lukashenka’s Belarus and the Great Patriotic War (2014), Russia in the 20th Century: The Quest for Stability (2011), and Heroes and Villains: Creating National History in Contemporary Ukraine (2007).

Crimea 2014: Recapping Five Months of Change in Ukraine

Crimea 2014: Recapping Five Months of Change in Ukraine

The West is simply unable to predict Vladimir Putin’s next move and NATO is belatedly bolstering its position in the eastern borderland member states.

Igor Strelkov: Moscow Agent or Military Romantic?

Igor Strelkov: Moscow Agent or Military Romantic?

The Ukrainian Security Service insists that Strelkov took his orders directly from Moscow. But how true is this? Who is Strelkov and what is his background and outlook?

Inside the Head of Vladimir Putin

Inside the Head of Vladimir Putin

Whatever the outcome of the Crimean annexation, it is difficult to see where one of the world’s most most self-obsessed and egotistical leaders goes from here.

Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU: Acceptable Compromises and Shared Hypocrisies

Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU: Acceptable Compromises and Shared Hypocrisies

If one can separate the Agreement from economic and human rights issues, it will mark a turning point for Ukraine and a path away from the Soviet legacy toward a European future.

The Ukrainian Army Is Unprepared for War

The Ukrainian Army Is Unprepared for War

The failure to deal with fundamental problems of the army is undermining the war effort and alienating the troops conducting the main fighting.

@FuckYouPutin

@FuckYouPutin

Glancing at social media provides ample evidence of the degeneration of the debate into platitudes and crude insults directed at Vladimir Putin.

Analysing Euromaidan from the West

Analysing Euromaidan from the West

We need to adopt a broader perspective that encompasses the views of all residents of Ukraine. Revolutions are complicated affairs, and there is always more gray than black and white.

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Comparing Ukraine’s Maidan 2004 with Euromaidan 2014

There are more differences than similarities between the two protests, indicating a lack of continuity rather than a revival of past animosities.

Kyiv Revisited

Kyiv Revisited

Euromaidan has unleashed forces dormant for decades and there is no indication of an end game. The relative calmness of this beautiful city in this sense is illusory.

The Destruction of ‘Colonial Remnants’ in Ukraine

The Destruction of ‘Colonial Remnants’ in Ukraine

One should not belittle Ukrainian achievements. Its media is relatively free, and its elections are generally fair, in contrast to those of Russia and Belarus.

Russians as Terrorist Victims

Russians as Terrorist Victims

If we are ever to co-exist in peace and with mutual understanding with Russia, we could begin by signalling that Russian victims of terrorism are no less important than others.

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