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).

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.

Decentralisation in Ukraine: Pros, Cons, and Prospects

Decentralisation in Ukraine: Pros, Cons, and Prospects

Ukraine’s case is complicated by a civil conflict that has involved the direct intervention of a foreign power – Russia – and the more distant involvement of western powers.

The ‘Imminent Collapse of Russia’

The ‘Imminent Collapse of Russia’

Whatever the illusions of the population and the role of propaganda, the fact remains that presidents anywhere with ratings of 80-90% rarely are removed from power.

Ukraine and Russia: Rewriting Histories

Ukraine and Russia: Rewriting Histories

As Ukraine tries to eradicate vestiges of Communist influence, the programme has taken on a distinctly anti-Russian hue that will clearly have an impact on bilateral relations.

Donald Trump’s Echoes of Fascism over Crimea

Donald Trump’s Echoes of Fascism over Crimea

It is no wonder that fascism appears in analyses of Trump. Both share demagoguery, false creation of enemies as the source of problems, autarky, isolation, mass propaganda and a bombastic leader.

Ukraine in Conflict

Ukraine in Conflict

Ukraine is casting off its Soviet heritage and creating something new in a struggle for independence. This marks an end of sorts to the phenomenon known as Euromaidan.

Kiev, Ukraine, colorful tires ,the Berehynia monument

Open Access Book – Ukraine in Conflict: An Analytical Chronicle

Through a series of articles written between 2013 and 2017, this book examines Ukraine during its period of conflict following the Euromaidan protests.

Ukraine and Russia: Wars Over the Past

Ukraine and Russia: Wars Over the Past

Regions of Ukraine have their own singular histories and what is lacking is a unifying narrative and common “heroes” during a time of prolonged crisis.

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