From the Belarusian People’s Republic to Riga
The notion of independent Belarus in the period 1918-1921,
Dr Alaksandr Smalańczuk
Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences
Centre for Eastern Studies
Prof. Marek Kornat
Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences
Moderation: Dr Łukasz Jasina, Polish Institute of International Affairs
103 years ago, the first-ever independent Belarusian state was called into being, known as the Belarusian People’s Republic, which survived two years. In parallel, the Polish-USSR was delineated in Riga a century ago. How is the Belarusian People’s Republic remembered? Did it offer a chance of creating a stable independent state between Poland and the Soviet Union? To what extent do the memory of the Belarusian People’s Republic and Belarusian hopes impact the shaping of Belarusians’ identity?
These are the subjects to be discussed by historians and historical policy experts during the Polish History Museum’s online debate.
We invite you to watch the debate on the PHM Facebook profile and the YouTube MuzHPtv channel on Saturday 27 March 2021 staring already at 11:00 hours. The debate will be interpreted into Russian.
Organiser: The Polish History Museum supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Patrons: Belsat Television and the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding