Category Archives: Essays

The “Living Graves” in the Holodomor

By Micah Ball Note: students in Stephen Norris’s Spring 2023 “History of Ukraine” class had an option for their second paper assignment that asked them to record a document from Bohdan Klid and Alexander Motyl’s The Holodomor Reader.  Junior history major … Continue reading

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The Horrors of the Holodomor

By Julia Brannon Note: students in Stephen Norris’s Spring 2023 “History of Ukraine” class had an option for their second paper assignment that asked them to record a document from Bohdan Klid and Alexander Motyl’s The Holodomor Reader. Julia Brannon, … Continue reading

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Why it is important to study memory politics?

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By Marat Iliyasov (Miami University) Why do governments, political elites, or interest groups emphasize some historical events more than others? Why do they choose some historical events for commemorations over others? How do they try to promote or discourage knowledge … Continue reading

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Fighting Addiction and Stigma in Wartime Ukraine

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By Ben Simms Wars can often exacerbate preexisting crises. Defending your country against invaders creates areas of neglect and powerlessness to provide for some people facing health issues. Russia’s war on Ukraine has proven no exception. Many Ukrainians dependent on … Continue reading

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The Long Life of Russia’s Gay Propaganda Law

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By Brendan Weinberg The Russian federal law passed by the Russian State Duma in 2013 was officially called “For the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating a Denial of Traditional Family Values.” It is known better in the west … Continue reading

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Preserving the Past in Lukashenko’s Belarus

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By Laurel Myers In the year since Russia launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine the eyes of the world have largely remained on this war. A third actor— the neighboring nation of Belarus— has played an integral role in the … Continue reading

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