In Grodno University. Yanka Kupala taught a course on the history of Freemasonry in Belarus, the website of the Department of History and Sociology of the university.
At the site of the university published a work program for the 4th year of full-time and curriculum, as well as practical training topics and issues to offset. The author of the developments is a doctor of historical sciences, head of the Belarusian culture and regional tourism, Professor Vyacheslav Swede.
The work program is made up of the same name based on the program of study course, approved by the Department of History and Sociology of 17.09.2008 (protocol number 1), reviewed and recommended for approval at a meeting of the Department of History of Belarus 5.09.2008g. (Protocol number 1h), approved and recommended for approval Methodist Commission, Department of History and Sociology of the following specialties: History, History. Foreign Language, History and archival science, sociology. The program was approved by the Faculty of History and Sociology of high school in 2008. The course is taught for the specialty 1-21 January 3 — 01 "History" at the Faculty of History and Sociology GrSU.
To study the course of the course "Massonstvo on the Belarusian land (end of XVIII — beginning of XX century)." (As indicated by the original name of the course in Russian, although the word "Freemasonry" is spelled with a "c" — IA REGNUM) is given 26 hours, of which 10 — lecture and 16 — on practical exercises. After that, students will pass a test.
In the explanatory memorandum to the syllabus states: "In what does not accuse the Masons: in the creation of secret political organizations in order to master the world of power, in the capture of influential positions in government and public administration bodies in the field of ideology and culture in the collapse of the former Soviet Union and today economic problems. And who are these masons and that is Freemasonry? As laity (those who do not know the Masonic secrets), we know almost nothing about them. "
The note explains who the Freemasons: "Freemasonry in the determination of the majority of researchers — is religious, philosophical, religious, ethical, religious, mystical, or moral-religious movement. Some historians consider Freemasonry a secret criminal society, which aims to achieve world domination on the basis of Judaic doctrine of the chosen people, is against the church and the Orthodox religion. Mason — a member of the Masonic movement, a member of a separate organization, societies (lodges), the name, structure and traditions of which are borrowed from the medieval guilds of builders, bricklayers. "
"Almost no one important for the Russian Empire (and hence Belarus), events in which the Masons would not have played his role. Without them, did not break the training of public projects (MMSperanskii, N. Novosiltsev N.I.Turgeneva). They prepared the first Russian revolution of 1905-1907 was the overthrow of the autocracy in the Russian Empire and the establishment of a democratic system in 1917 Masonic character was white movement. Freemasonry, having contacts with the West, have an impact on the economic and cultural development of the Russian empire, its international contacts, the liberation movement "- said the author and compiler. — The purpose of this special course — studying the history of Freemasonry in the lands of Belarus in connection with the socio-political development of the end of the XVIII — beginning of XX century. ".
According to the scientists of the University of Grodno, in the study course "The Massonstvo on the Belarusian land (end of XVIII — beginning of XX century)." Students acquire the following basic knowledge and skills. Basic knowledge: the essence of the Masonic ideology, Inner Life of the Masonic Order; Three periods of the history of Russian Freemasonry, Masonic lodges on the distribution of the lands of Belarus, Great fellow Masons Belarus; involvement of Freemasons in the political life of Belarus. Basic skills: Understand the concepts and Masonic symbolism; Understand the Masonic degrees and systems; Know structure lodges and ceremonies degrees respectively. Essential Skills: Writing lecture notes, outline more monograph, prepare a summary; single out the myths and legends of Freemasonry from his real stories.
The plan of the curriculum included seven topics: Freemasonry, as a movement and a secret association; history of world Freemasonry, History of Russian Freemasonry, Masonic Lodges in the lands of Belarus (the end of XVIII century. — The first quarter of the XIX century). Brothers Masonic lodges (the end of XVIII century. — The first quarter of the XIX c.) Revival of Freemasonry in the lands of Belarus in the early twentieth century.; Brothers Masonic lodges in the early twentieth century. Within these topics, students study the oath of Masons, the value of the pentagram, the legend of Adoniram (Hiram), the highest ideal of a mason, "kraevost" Lithuanian Masons, biographies of prominent Belarusian lodges of Freemasons (Anton and Ivan Lutskevich Lutskevich, Vaclav Lastouski, etc.).
At the competition, according to documents released by GrSU, Professor Swede finds knowledge on issues such as: Operative and Speculative Freemasonry; emergence of Freemasonry in England, the USA and Freemasonry, Masonic lodges composition, organizational structure of the Lithuanian-Belarusian Masonry; Composition Belarusian Masons, biographies of prominent Masons Belarus lies Number of brothers and the social composition of the Masonic lodges (twice), biographies of prominent Belarusian lodges of Freemasons (also twice), etc.
Note Vyacheslav Swede is a member of the professorial meeting of the Grodno State University named Yanka Kupala. He is also an expert on the "Grodnovedeniyu" — this April 20, 2012 informed the official website of the Ministry of Education of Belarus with reference to the center of mass communications of the Grodno State University named Yanka Kupala. The Swede is the co-author of the book "Grodnaznaўstva. Gіstoryya eўrapeyskaga Near city. " The official statement reads: "The book contains excerpts from historical documents, teaching materials, exercises for practical work, which will use it as a textbook for a unique course" Grodnovedenie ", which this year is taught in all schools in the regional center."
Vyacheslav Swede is also a specialist on the history of the War of 1812 and is known for having denied the legitimacy of the use of the term "War of 1812". So, on November 23 in Minsk, in the course of the international scientific conference "The War of 1812, and Belarus' Professor GrSU Swede said about the unacceptability of the use of the term" War of 1812 "in relation to the Belarusian history — he proposed to use the term" Franco-Russian War of 1812 " .