On June 6th, 2014, Heads of State and dignitaries from France, Great Britain, Canada, the United States and other Allied countries will gather on Sword beach, Normandy with a contingent of the last living veterans to remember the liberation of France. They will honor the sacrifice made, and heroism shown by men and women in uniform and by French civilians on D-Day and during the Normandy Battle on land, sea and in the air. With deep gratitude for the liberators the Heads of State attending will once again solemnly confirm their bond of friendship and their common steadfast pursuit for a more peaceful world.Read more
The 1918 poster “Joan of Arc Saved France”, by Haskell Coffin (1878-1941), was commissioned by the United States Treasury Department as part of the campaign to raise money for the First World War by having civilians buy war savings stamps. The low priced stamps were pasted into a booklet that when filled could be exchanged […]Read more
American Railroad advertisement poster, Keep ’em going! “Every bad order Locomotive is a Prussian soldier. Every life Locomotive is an American soldier. Let us get on the top Prussian Locomotives and make American soldiers out of them”. Image: German Emperor Wilhelm II being hunted by a US locomotive.Read more
The Egyptians did it, the Greek did it, the Romans did it: they all fought piracy. Even Julius Caesar himself was captured by pirates. After his ransom was paid, he went after them and had them crucified. At this moment researchers attending the Centre for Studies and Research of the Hague Academy of International Law are studying the topic: Criminal Acts at Sea, of which piracy is one aspect. To illustrate the historical background of piracy, we have selected four booklets for you from the Old Books collection of the Peace Palace Library.Read more
The Peace Palace Library in The Hague holds one of the greatest collections in the world of the works of Hugo Grotius [1583-1645], founder of a systematic modern doctrine of international law and universally called the “Father of International Law”.Read more
The Library, not far from the place where he was arrested in 1618 has become the centre of Grotius- Research for scholars from all over the world.