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David Roger Marples

Professor, Russian and East European History, University of Alberta

Dr. Marples is author of 17 single-authored books and five edited books on topics ranging from 20th Century Russia, Stalinism, contemporary Belarus, contemporary Ukraine, and the Chernobyl disaster. His recent books include Stalin: His Life and Times (2022), The War in Ukraine's Donbas (edited, 2022), Understanding Ukraine and Belarus (Bristol: E-International Relations, 2020), ‘Our Glorious Past: Lukashenka’s Belarus and the Great Patriotic War (Stuttgart, Germany: Ibidem Verlag, 2014), Russia in the 20th Century: The Quest for Stability (London: Routledge, 2011), Heroes and Villains: Creating National History in Contemporary Ukraine (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2008) and The Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991 (London: Longman, 2004). In March 2022, he was appointed Research Fellow at the Contemporary Ukraine Program, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta.


  • –present
    Distinguished University Professor of Russian and East European History, University of Alberta


  • 1985 
    University of Sheffield, PhD


University Cup winner, University of Alberta, Hon Lt Col (ret), 6th Int Company, Canadian Armed Forces, Hon. President, Belarusian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Canada