Migration of Memory

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla Torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
  • Lecturer: Per Anders Rudling is an associate professor of the Department of History at Lund University, specializing in the areas of nationalism. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) in 2009. He is the author of "The Rise and Fall of Belarusian Nationalism, 1906-1931", published by University of Pittsburgh, devoted to the subject of present-day Belarus nationalism from its origins until the 1930s.
  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Föreläsning

This seminar focuses on the attempts of nation building of a short-lived Belarusian People’s Republic (Belaruskaia Narodnaia Respublika), declared on March 25, 1918, the first attempt at establishing Belarusian statehood in the modern era.

The year 2018 marks the centennial, not only of the independence of states like Finland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, but also of a number of short-lived, ultimately unsuccessful states declared in the wake of the collapse of imperial Russia. My lecture is a survey of one of the lesser known attempts at nation building during this period; the short-lived Belarusian People’s Republic (Belaruskaia Narodnaia Respublika), declared on March 25, 1918, the first attempt at establishing Belarusian statehood in the modern era. The legacy of the BNR is full of paradoxes; politically insignificant at the time, and unsuccessful in gaining international recognition, the BNR at 100 is the last European government-in-exile. Since 1991 the symbolism of March 25, 1918 has been gaining importance and political relevance. Dismissed or denounced by the Soviet authorities, and in the first decade of president Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s rule, from 2008 the authorities has slowly rehabilitated the legacy of the BNR, and the year 1918 is increasingly presented as a key year for modern Belarusian statehood.