Belarus: From Soviet Rule to Nuclear Catastrophe by David R. Marples

By David R. Marples

Belarus: From Soviet Rule to Nuclear disaster examines the central results of Soviet rule on Belarus because the prelude to an in depth research of the scientific and social outcomes of the nuclear twist of fate at Chernobyl. It areas those difficulties into the modern political context and assesses the facility of the newly-independent country to house a catastrophe of such dimensions.

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28 Once again, however, it is important to focus on the role of the capital city in this process. In his pioneering article, 'The Belorussians: National Identification and Assimilation,' Steven L. ' He points out that in the period 1959 to 1973, whereas the Language and Culture: National Nihilism ? 29 By the late 1960s, the capital city was the publication center for a formidable output of Russian-language works. 6 percent. The situation with publication of newspapers was deceptive. Of a total of 176 published in the republic in 1967, 133 were in Belarusian.

25 This feature of the Soviet period can be exemplified in several ways. One can perceive a distinct change in the size of families in the period 1970 and 1989, and the deterioration of family life in the villages. 5. 3 members. 2 The statistics provide evidence of the depopulation of the Belarusian village. The percentage of the rural population in the overall population of the republic has fallen from 43 in 1980 to 33 today. 3 Perhaps the young people would find it convenient to move to towns for better jobs and education?

By the middle of that decade, he has noted, some 40 years after the beginning of the 'linguistic experiment', none of the 95 Belarusian cities and only a handful of the 117 raion centers possessed a Belarusian school; had a Belarusian kindergarten. Even in villages and hamlets, Belarusian schools had been closed down. 5 million, it contained only Russian-language schools. In the entire postwar period, he continued, not one teacher had been trained for a Belarusian school. Teaching at all higher educational institutions and technical colleges was exclusively in Russian.

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