The Peace of Brest-Litovsk (3 March 1918)
By: Randall Lesaffer
Image credit: "Брестский мир 1918 заседание", public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
With the start of 2018, the final centennial year of the First World War has commenced. Whereas the Great War has been the object of much public attention in many parts of the world, this has been particularly the case in West Flanders, the province where I live, and even more so in the region from which both my parents come—they both hail from Wervik, a small provincial town on the southernmost fringes of Flanders Fields. Inevitably, in West Flanders, the focus of all commemorative efforts has been on the trench warfare of the Western front, and on life in the territories on both sides. But also on a more global scale, it has been the political and military histories of the war in Western Europe that have generated most attention, with the war in the Eastern Mediterranean a distant second. The events in Eastern Europe and other places such as Central Africa have generally benefited from far less international exposure...