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.

Reflecting on the Limitations of Academic Freedom

David R. Marples • Jul 17 2020 • Articles

For the first time in my experience, public opinion from outside the university had counted for more than scholarly achievement and peer evaluation within it.

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.

Understanding Ukraine and Belarus in 2020

David R. Marples • Jul 15 2020 • Articles

In the former Soviet states, debates about the past are often the defining element of contemporary politics and Stalinism is still full of secrets yet to be discovered.

Memory Laws: Censorship in Ukraine

David R. Marples • Jul 5 2020 • Articles

Ukraine had about 5000 Lenin statues placed during the former Soviet Union. Their removal seemed logical and natural: after all, what was Lenin to Ukraine?

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.

The Maidan Revolution in Ukraine

David R. Marples • Jul 1 2020 • Articles

The reports from Ukraine made International headlines and the actions in Maidan were visible live on social media. Before long, it was hard to discern truth from fiction.

Understanding Ukraine and Belarus: A Memoir

David R. Marples • Jun 30 2020 • Articles

No writer really knows whether their experiences are unique or common, whether their insights are in any way original. Still, I convinced myself that there were some unusual things about my own.

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