Soviet Union

Understanding Ukraine and Belarus: Advancing My Career

David R. Marples • Jul 21 2020 • Articles

This chapter describes the author’s experiences becoming a professor in Canada during the 1980s and 1990s, and during the Soviet “putsch” in August 1991.

Understanding Ukraine and Belarus: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

David R. Marples • Jul 20 2020 • Articles

RFE/RL was an unusual place, especially the canteen where people of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe would gather together with German staff and British and American researchers.

Glasnost in Ukraine in the Aftermath of Chernobyl

David R. Marples • Jul 20 2020 • Articles

This chapter describes the author’s travel, stories and experiences in Ukraine and the Soviet Union during the initial implementation of Glasnost.

Western Education about Eastern Europe

David R. Marples • Jul 19 2020 • Articles

This chapter describes the author’s travel, stories and experiences as a history professor and PhD student in Alberta, Canada.

Visiting Chernobyl and Kyiv in 1989

David R. Marples • Jul 16 2020 • Articles

In nuclear power, man had harnessed a monster. While it may be true that every form of power production has its dangers, nothing is as irrevocable as the effects of a nuclear accident.

Belarusian Tales: Chernobyl’s Impact on Belarus and More

David R. Marples • Jul 14 2020 • Articles

Both among the authorities and the opposition, there are good and bad people, there is no dividing line between them. That was also obvious in Communist times.

Returning to Chajsy, Belarus: Back to Stalin

David R. Marples • Jul 12 2020 • Articles

The problems faced today seem even more complex than in the late 1980s when, in retrospect, there was more opportunity for open discussion.

Teaching and Publishing in Cambridge and Moscow

David R. Marples • Jul 9 2020 • Articles

This chapter describes the author’s travel, stories and experiences teaching and publishing 20th Century Russian history books in Cambridge and Moscow.

Western Fact Finders: Entering the Soviet Union

David R. Marples • Jul 3 2020 • Articles

This chapter describes the author’s travel, stories and experiences on Western fact-finding missions into the Soviet Union and Ukraine during the 1980s.

Monitoring the Chernobyl Disaster

David R. Marples • Jun 30 2020 • Articles

This chapter describes the author’s travel, stories and experiences during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which garnered Marples international recognition.

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