20 – 21 April 2017
Scientific conference dedicated to the 270th anniversary of Niasvizh Cadet Corps founding
"War History of the Radziwiłłs"
25 May 1747 Michał Kazimierz Radziwiłł Rybeńko issued an executive order for founding a Cadet Corps. Under the executive order a school for preparing officer material was founded in Niasvizh – the first military educational institution on the territory of Belarus.
It’s a good occasion to recall and evaluate the contribution of the representatives of the Radziwiłł family to the war history. There were seven Radziwiłłs among the hetmans of the Great Duchy of Lithuania! No other family gave that much. Radziwiłłs commanded armies, built castles, participated in many battles, established military schools. After the partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth the representatives of the family served in the armies in the Russian empire, Prussia, and France where they achieved high ranks and positions. Princes Radziwiłłs took part in all significant wars of the 20th century – from the Russo-Japanese War to World War II. The biography of each Radziwiłł as a military man is worth a separate study.
Speaking of the family representatives you can't but mention Niasvizh – a centre of the hereditary possessions and a well-defended fortress which always attracted the enemies’ attention. Niasvizh castle more than once found itself in the centre of military events. The castle housed one of the best artillery parks and unique collections of arms and armour.
Today museum-reserve Niasvizh invites all the researchers interested in the topic to consider various aspects of Radziwiłł war history.
Planned conference field:
– Niasvizh Cadet Corps and military schools on the territory of Belarus in the 18th century.
– Radziwiłłs – hetmans of the Great Duchy of Lithuania.
– Radziwiłłs in confederations, rokoszes, and uprisings.
– Representatives of the Radziwiłłs among the 19th century European military elite.
– Radziwiłł militia and private fortresses, their place in the defense system of the country.
– Army of the Great Duchy of Lithuania in the 16th–18th centuries: recruitment principles, participation in military actions, reformation, and reorganization.
– Princes Radziwiłłs during world wars and local conflicts of the end of the 19th – the first half of the 20th centuries.
– Niasvizh castle in the war events of the 17th– the first half of the 20th centuries.
– Radziwiłł cannons and armour: the destiny of the collections and restoration prospects.
Requests are accepted until 20 March 2017. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to select the materials.
For additional information please contact:
+ 375177024281 Andrei Blinets, chief of the Research and Exposition Activity Department, State Institution National Historical and Cultural Museum and Reserve "Niasvizh".