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From 20 March to 31 October, an exhibition "Drama of the First World War" timed to the 100th anniversary from the beginning of the First World War runs in the National Library of Belarus (circular corridor).


Any war is a great tragedy for the people in whose country it comes. The tragedy of the First World War broke the history of Europe and the fate of all mankind.

The First World War led to enormous sacrifices and remained one of the most dramatic events of the 20th century. Only Belarus lost about a half million people during this was. A great number of military men and civilians became maimed. Many of our countrymen were obliged to go in other countries.

100 years has passed since the beginning of the great tragedy of global importance. A great number of memoirs, books, research papers were written about this catastrophe.

The exhibition "Drama of the First World War" presents about 500 scientific and popular editions of the National Library on the theme of the First World War. Books about its prehistory, domestic and foreign policy of the adverse parties, the beginning and course of military operations, military weapons and equipment, significant battles and consequences of global catastrophe are grouped by category:

  • Event that changed the world
  • Prehistory of the catastrophe
  • In the power of chaos. Memoirs of contemporaries
  • Great forgotten war
  • Weapons and military equipment of the First World War
  • Battles of the Great War
  • Generals of the First World War
  • Marine battles
  • Belarus in the First World War

The exhibition presents contemporary book series: "The Great Forgotten War" "The Military-Historical Library", "Memories" and rare series of pamphlets issued by the Historical Commission at the academic department of G.R.T.Z. "War and Culture". The series was aimed at "providing a wide range of books which are cheap and available by a language and content and in which one would find responses to all events of the present situation".

Besides books, the exhibition contains original postcards from the collection of the famous Belarusian historian and deltiologistVladimir Likhodedov.

The exhibition will run from 20 March to 31 October.
Tel.: (+375 17) 293 29 80.

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