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Conference: Society, War and History – The Military, Political and Social Developments of the First World War in the Baltic Region (1914–1918)
June 26, 2014 @ 8:00 am - June 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
In 2014 the world will mark the centenary of the outbreak of that global military and political conflict which was known long after as the Great War. The war came to involve almost all the countries of the world, and precipitated major long-term political, social and economic changes. In order to assess the events, consequences and significance of the First World War in the Baltic region, the Latvian War Museum and the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the University of Latvia will be holding an international research conference “Society, war and history: The military, political and social developments of the First World War in the Baltic region (1914–1918).” The conference will take place at the Latvian War Museum in Riga (Smilšu iela 20) on 26–28 June 2014.
Conference papers on the following themes are welcome: the military, political and social situation in Europe and the Baltic region before and during the war; the armed forces and military resources of the countries involved in the war; warfare in the Baltic region; fortifications and engineering infrastructure of the First World War in the Baltic region; the consequences and significance of the First World War in the Baltic; evidence of the First World War in museums and archives; the archaeology of the First World War; the history of research on the First World War; preserving the memory of the First World War in the Baltic; or any other theme …
Please submit the themes of papers with a short abstract (up to 300 words) by 1 September 2013 to Juris Ciganovs, Deputy Director of the Latvian War Museum (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), or Andris Šnē, Dean of the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the University of Latvia (e-mail: Andris.Sne@lu.lv).The papers should be 20 minutes long. The languages of the conference will be Latvian and English. The conference papers will be published in autumn 2014. Participation in the conference is free, but participants are asked to cover their own hotel and travel costs. During the conference there will be an excursion to the Christmas Battles Museum at Mangaļi and after the conference, on 29 June, participants will be offered an excursion (at their own expense) through the Kurzeme region, including a visit to the military port district of Liepāja, developed during the First World War.