Historians Meet at Tsarskoye Selo to Assess Russia's Role in World War I Topic: World War I
The Third International Academic Conference entitled The First World War, Versailles System and Contemporary World runs October 11-12 at Tsarskoye Selo. It focuses on Russia’s role in the war-time events.
The First International Academic Conference, The First World War, the Versailles System and the Present, was held at the St. Petersburg State University in 2009.
The current conference, organized by Russia’s Ministry of Culture, Russian Military & Historical Society, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Association of WWI Historians, and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Universal History, gathered over 100 historians from the largest Russian and foreign universities and research centers. The honorary guests and attendees include representatives of Tsarskoye Selo, Hermitage, Central WWII Museum and Russia’s Defense Ministry.
The conference will see a presentation of the first modern Russian WWI museum, Russia in the Great War, which is to open at the Martial Chamber of Tsarskoye Selo on August 1st, 2014.
Russia Marks World War I Remembrance Day Topic: World War I
No one is forgotten! Nothing is forgotten!
Russian Soldiers’ World War I Remembrance Day is being marked for the first time in Russia today, August 1. Chairman of the State Duma lower house of parliament, Chairman of the Organising Committee for the preparation of activities associated with the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the chairman of the Russian Historical Society (RHS) Sergei Naryshkin laid a wreath with a black ribbon at the Obelisk to the Soldiers Fallen in the World War of 1914-1918 in Moscow, ITAR-TASS reports.
“The remembrance date was established on the initiative of the Russian parliament in the autumn of 2012 and is timed to the Russian Empire’s entry into the First World War,” the State Duma press service noted. Sergei Naryshkin will also hold on Thursday a working meeting with the Organising Committee members and the leadership of the RHS and the Russian Military and Historical Society dedicated to the preparation for the events marking the 100th anniversary since the outbreak of the First World War. This date will be observed next year. The meeting will be held at the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812.
The First World War began on July 28, 1914, after Austria-Hungary attacked Serbia. The formal reason was the assassination in Sarajevo (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. Historians admit that the accumulated insoluble interstate and inter-allied contradictions caused the war. That is why the declaration by Austria of war on Serbia caused a “domino effect:” Russia said it would not allow the occupation of Serbia, the Germany - an ally of Austria-Hungary, began secret mobilization, and France – Russia’s ally, started to put its troops in the alert.
Germany put forward an ultimatum that Russia end its mobilization, and when Russia refused, it declared war on August 1. A day later, Germany declared war against France, which formed one military bloc with Russia and England, after which England also entered the war.
Contemporaries noted that the war had caused widespread enthusiasm in all countries, but nobody thought that it would last not 3-4 months, but four years and cause unprecedented casualties and destruction. As a result of this war, four empires: the Russian, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman ceased to exist. The total number of the war victims is estimated at 30 million.
Remembering the Russian Soldiers of a Forgotten War Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 3 minutes, 46 seconds Topic: World War I
The State Historical Museum in Moscow has opened an exhibit showcasing designs for a new monument to the Russian heroes and soldiers of World War I. An All-Russian competition resulted in a total of 32 sculptural design entries, which has now been narrowed down to 15. The winning design will be made into a full scale monument which will be erected on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow in Autumn 2014.
Most Russians conclude that the country's entry into the First World War was an event that largely determined the fate of the country in the twentieth century, one that was virtually forgotten or simply non-existent under the Bolsheviks and the Soviets. The label "imperialist war" officially assigned to the First World after October 1917, did not allow an objective assessment of the scale of the tragedy. It is estimated that the number of Russian soldiers who died during the war was any where from 1.8 million to 2.4 million. This lack of empathy is a typical example of the total disregard for human life that the Bolsheviks maintained during their destruction of the Russian Empire.
Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the war in which Tsar Nicholas II mobilized Russia against Germany, a war which brought disastrous results for Russia and an end to the monarchy. August 1st, 2014 has been designated as a Day of Remembrance for the Russian soldiers who died during the First World War.
Kremlin to Celebrate Jubilee of World War I Topic: World War I
The Kremlin has announced that Russia will mark the 100th anniversary of the country's entry into World War I in 2014. Russian authorities intend to refresh the knowledge of its citizens of Russia's participation in the Great War.
The Kremlin will order the burials of soldiers of the Russian army in the territory of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Serbia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Greece and Germany. An online archive of documentary photographs and soldiers’ letters and memories of military operations will be created on the Internet. A monument will be erected in Moscow in memory of the victims onboard a hospital vessel which was sunk by a German submarine in 1916.
Authorities also plan the founding of a uniform museum and archive of World War I.
The immense contribution which Russia played during the First World War was largely ignored during the Soviet years. A century later, it seems only fitting that Russia now honour those who sacrificed their lives for their country.