Exhibit shows how the Latvian nation came to be

The Latvian National History Museum has opened a new exhibit dedicated to the formation process of the Latvian nation, reported Latvian Radio Tuesday.

The retrospective traces the path of Latvians becoming a nation from a number of ethnic groups.

The changes Latvians underwent become evident upon juxtaposing the portraits of Latvians from the beginning of the exhibit (the 1850s) with those at the very end (early 20th century), revealing an array of socio-economic changes that took place as Latvians became more educated and more self-conscious about their identity.

It also features a dark stand dedicated to the 1905 revolution, a violent event the Latvian society has never really come to grips with, according to Toms Ķikuts, the author of the exhibition.

The productive museum will be soon be unveiling another exhibition, this time dedicated to Latvians in exile after World War 2.

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