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World War I

  • Conferentie 100 Jaar Vrede Organiseren 1918-2018, Vredespaleis, Den Haag

    October 31, 2018

    Op 10 november vindt de interdisciplinaire conferentie ‘100 Jaar Vrede Organiseren, 1918-2018’ plaats. Als aanvullend programma worden er twee concerten georganiseerd in het Vredespaleis en in de Maartenskerk, Doorn.

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  • Air Warfare/Bombardments: A Bibliographic Overview

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  • Are Syria and Iraq the Middle Eastern Bloodlands?

    July 20, 2017

    Deir az-Zor is a sleepy town on the banks of the Euphrates in the Syrian desert, and did not ring much of a bell for most non-Syrians. Except for Armenians. During the 1915 Armenian Genocide, the Ottoman government deported hundreds of thousands of Ottoman Armenians to Deir az-Zor, where they were left to die or were killed outright. A German diplomat who was stationed in that area wrote that the Armenians were “slaughtered like sheep”. To the casual observer this looked allegorical or even hyperbolical, in any case unreal, removed far away in geography, time, and culture. Until recent times, when ISIS videos surfaced online. And again the desert soil of Deir az-Zor shone red with blood, and once more the word ‘Deir az-Zor’ served as a symbol of bloodshed.

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  • Paardenmarkt: A Toxic Legacy of the Great War

    May 29, 2015

    Countries that in the past have chosen to take the easy way out by disposing their chemical warfare material by ocean dumping are now realizing the unpleasant fact that this material, although out of sight, is not out of mind because it presents threats to public health and the environment. Here, the example of one of the largest World War I ammunition dump sites in Europe, the Paardenmarkt, a narrow submerged sand-bank called off the coast of Belgium.

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  • Aletta Jacobs’ Role in the Organization of the Hague International Congress of Women 1915

    March 31, 2015

    This Spring, on April 25, 2015 , the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will celebrate its Centenary in the Peace Palace. For this occasion, the Peace Palace Library is cooperating with the Atria Institute in Amsterdam to promote and bring awareness to the history behind WILPF and the Congress of 1915 . Atria is the main institute in the Netherlands dedicated to research, advice and policy-analysis on gender equality and to documenting and archiving women’s history. The collection holds, among many others, the archives of Aletta Jacobs and the history of WILPF. This month, Atria’s intern, Ms. Sanne Stevens wrote a special newsitem on the role of Dutch Sufragette Dr. Aletta Jacobs in the organization of The Hague International Congress of Women in 1915.

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  • EUROPEANA 1914-1918: Stories from the First World War

    February 27, 2015

    At the end of last year, The Peace Palace organised a EUROPEANA 1914-1918 Collection Day in the light of the centenary of the First World War. The main focus of the EUROPEANA 1914-1918 Project is to digitally collect and share documents concerning the Great War. From 2011 onwards, eight European National Libraries, other organisations and the general public brought together more than 400.000 documents, photographs and objects in the EUROPEANA 1914-1918 Database. A wealth of information on the First World War! The materials in the database were contributed by the general public during special Collection Days that were organised all around Europe.

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  • International Congress of Women of 1915

    February 6, 2015

    This Spring, on April 28, the Peace Palace will participate in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the International Congress of Women that took place in the city of The Hague in 1915. The women who attended this Congress a century ago, were suffragists who up until that time, met every other year through their national organization at the International Women Suffrage Alliance. A small delegation headed by Dutch suffragist and physician Dr. Aletta Jacobs, believed it to be important to organize a meeting, even during wartime, to discuss the principles of constructive peace.

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  • First World War Centenary: War Poetry and Music

    December 22, 2014

    On Tuesday November 25, as part of the commemoration activities regarding the First World War, an evening of war poetry and music took place in the Small Courtroom of the Peace Palace. The First World War has had devastating effects worldwide; at the same, no other war has caused so many poets, soldiers in the trenches, men and women at the home front to voice their thoughts and feelings in poetry.

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  • Lecture: There is Only War - Neutrals Reflect on the First World War, Tuesday, 2 December, 17:15 h.

    Lecture: There is Only War – Neutrals Reflect on the First World War, Tuesday, 2 December, 17:15 h.

    November 27, 2014

    It should not surprise us that war is never only about the actors waging it. Most non-belligerents in the First World War came into the war with clear expectations of what their neutrality meant and what their country’s international obligations were. Those expectations had been shaped by a century of precedent within an environment that enhanced and protected the rights of neutrals. This Peace Palace Library lecture by Maartje Abbenhuis starts at 17:15. Doors open at 17 h. Entrance fee € 4. Visit of the exhibition this day possible until 17 h.

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  • The Great War in Posters: Communication Instrument and Work of Art

    The Great War in Posters: Communication Instrument and Work of Art

    November 27, 2014

    World War I Poster Exhibition: 14 November 2014 – 12 January 2015, Peace Palace, Main Hall. World War I meant an important new role for the poster: propaganda. The posters produced during the war were part of the largest military campaign ever. They were used raising money for the war, get young men to enlist, provoking enemy states but also to support the wounded soldiers. The main intention was to bring the public closer to the war.

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