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By David R. Marples

Belarus: From Soviet Rule to Nuclear disaster examines the imperative results of Soviet rule on Belarus because the prelude to a close research of the clinical and social outcomes of the nuclear coincidence at Chernobyl. It locations those difficulties into the modern political context and assesses the power of the newly-independent nation to house a catastrophe of such dimensions.

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In August 1920, the BSSR was once again proclaimed, though drastically reduced in size to six raions in Minsk Oblast. A formal treaty was signed with Soviet Russia on 16 January 1921, and on 30 December 1922, the BSSR - in its truncated form - formally joined the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In doing so, it had conceivably gained more than the republics of the Transcaucasus which were not permitted to form individual Soviet republics, but most matters of significance were controlled by Moscow, as a result of the 1921 Treaty.

Though this period saw a revival of national state traditions, the number of nationally conscious Belarusians remained small. The Bolsheviks, on the other hand, regarded Belarus as a buffer Soviet Rule: Repression and Urbanization 11 region between Soviet Russia and a hostile Poland (with which Russia was at war until 1920). An autonomous Belarusian state within Soviet Russia and particularly one that was ruled by non-Bolsheviks - was unacceptable to the Bolshevik leaders and perhaps also to some of the large number of non-Belarusian urban residents in the ethnically Belarusian territories.

K. F. D. Chernyakhovskiy. '67 However, the most significant period from the Belarusian perspective was 26 June to 28 July 1944, which saw the recovery of all Belarusian territory, highlighted by the recapture of Minsk on 3 July and culminating in the liberation of Brest by the army of the First Belarusian Front on 28 July. The rapidity of the Soviet advance paralleled that of the German army in the summer of 1941. Though losses were high, the Red Army was determined to cross the former Soviet border and enter Poland at the earliest opportunity.

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