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Weekly focus #7: Latvia, Poland, Crimean Tatar and History

One month left in CEE Spring, plenty of articles can still be written about this diverse region! This week’s topics are Latvia, Poland, Crimean Tatar and the very broad topic of history.

Cesvaine manor (2017), Latvia. Author: Vaido Otsar. License: CC BY-SA 4.0. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

This week Latvia has multiple things to celebrate: May 1st is constitution day — the date when Constitutional Assembly had their first meeting (in 1920). May 4th had another important event — the Declaration “On the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia” was adopted on May 4, 1990. If you are interested in more topics on how Latvia was formed in the beginning of 20th century, the Latvian list provides some more topics from The First Latvian National Awakening to The Barricades with a couple of military conflicts and times of peace in between. If Latvian history makes you feel depressed, look at other topics from the list — interesting culture topics and inspiring achievements in sports are available.

But not only Latvia celebrates the constitution! This week Poles celebrate the Constitution of May 3 1791. Called the second constitution in the history of the world (and the first one in Europe), it has a great symbolic meaning for the Poles. So this week makes a good occasion to dive deep into Polish history and we have some great ideas on our lists to get you inspired. Do you know how the members of szlachta were protected from unlawful arrest? Or how the Movement for Defense of Human and Civic Rights tried to resist the regime in  People’s Republic of Poland? And if you are interested in the history of Polish technology you can tell the world the story of Sokoł 1000 – the heaviest Polish pre-war motorcycle. Or maybe you would like to try to tell the Polish history through the story of a single company? Then Haberbusch i Schiele may be the article for you – the story of this Warsaw brewery established in the 19th century was closely related to the story of Poland. All the mentioned articles are connected not only by their historical topic but also by the person of the author – their English versions were written by Krzysztof Machocki (user:Halibutt), the passionate Polish Wikipedia editor who passed away this year. So by writing them in your wiki you don’t only bring interesting knowledge to your language. You also commemorate a fellow Wikipedian. In a very wiki-way.

Crimean tatars have been featured in CEE Spring for a few years already and thanks to that its history topics has been quite well covered in several Wikipedias. Yet there is the less covered topic of Russo-Crimean wars or historical figures like Hacı I Giray, the founder and the first ruler of the Crimean Khanate, Tugay Bey, a notable military leader or Refat Chubarov, a present day politician, who was also active during Latvian Singing Revolution and was even elected as member of Riga City Council.

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