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|“||I like to say that while antimatter may seem strange, it is strange in the sense that Belgians are strange. They are not really strange; it is just that one rarely meets them||”|
I'm a student interested in all history, but particularly focused on the Belgian variety in the 19th-20th centuries. My contributions to Wikipedia tend to be linked to my area of interest, but I also stray into other topics from time-to-time, though there tends to be some method in them somewhere. At the moment, I am working to improve the coverage of Belgium-related World War II content, which I feel is underrepresented on Wikipedia.
I have created a subproject of WP:MILHIST dedicated to Belgian military history and am always looking to recruit more users!
|“||The day will come when history will speak... Africa will write its own history...it will be a history of glory and dignity.||”|
This is something I feel strongly about. There is little doubt that Wikipedia is shaped by a systematic bias in favour of Western, and particularly US, history. This is perfectly understandable, and although it is not bad that US history is well represented, we must now concentrate on remedying the core deficiencies of our project...many of which lie in African history. As African economies develop, Wikipedia has a real chance to become the reference source of impartial, comprehensive information on the history of the continent. An interesting article about the challenges wiki faces in Africa is available here.
Articles to "deal" with:
- Chilembwe uprising (now GA)
- Congo Crisis (now GA)
- Benin Bronzes
- History of Liberia (major overhaul, still much work to do)
- Independence of the Belgian Congo; Patrice Lumumba
Belgium in World War II
|“||[The German government] confirms its determination that in no circumstances will [it] impair [the] inviolability and integrity ...[of] Belgian territory ...||”|
—German guarantee of Neutrality to Belgium, 13 October 1937
Belgium's course through World War II was a long and traumatic one. It's still reflected in Belgian politics and society today, but is sadly neglected in the Anglophone press and media. What books are available on the topic are usually specialized and inaccessible since, almost without exception, they are written in French or Dutch. As for its colonies (and especially the Belgian Congo), there tends to be the assumption in most books that they existed in a form of stasis, unaffected by the war. Wikipedia is not the right place for original research, but I hope to at least make sure that there is some form of impartial and general treatment of the history of Belgium and its colonial empire between 1940-5 which will be of use.
8 articlesBelgium in World War II
But also other WWII-Belgium related articles:
- Battle of Asosa, Siege of Saio
- Liberation of Belgium (under construction on Sandbox)
- Galopin Doctrine
- Plan de Man (created)
- Ruzagayura famine (created)
- Brigade Piron
- Armée secrète (Belgium) (created)
- Rexism (will need rename to Rex or Rexist Party)
- HMS Godetia & HMS Buttercup (both created)
- Battle of the Lys (1940)
- Belgian ship A4 (created, now GA)
- Belgian prisoners of war in World War II
- Strike of the 100,000 (created)
- Committee of Secretaries-General (created, now GA)
- Vlaamse Wacht