Author profile: David R. Marples

David R. Marples is a professor of East European History at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is the author of 15 books, including Ukraine in Conflict (2017), ‘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).

Understanding Ukraine and Belarus: The Beginning

Understanding Ukraine and Belarus: The Beginning

The book describes the author’s travel, stories and experiences from a student in London to a history professor in Alberta, Canada.

The COVID-19 Experiment in Minsk

The COVID-19 Experiment in Minsk

Lukashenka may or not may be the last dictator of Europe. But that he has risked the lives of thousands for a commemorative event is undeniable. It may be the epitaph of his lengthy presidency.

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.

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