The Lemberg City Council in the Period of Galician Autonomy, 1870-1914: Research on Elites in Power
October 2, 2012
Center for Urban History, Lviv
The book analyses the problem of the forming of a Lemberg power elite connected with the City Council. In the period of autonomy this institution was the center of socio-political and economic life of Lemberg. An important component of the research concerns analysis of the relations in the City Council between Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians. The analysis also includes social and professional status of the council workers. The book also discusses the influence of the City Council on the life and development of the city and its inhabitants.
The research is based on a great number of sources in various languages (Polish, Ukrainian, English, Czech, German), and above all materials from archives in Ukraine, Poland, and Austria.
In his presentation Dr. Lukasz Tomasz Sroka paid particular attention to:
- The book's place in the context of Ukrainian, Polish, and Austrian historiography;
- Austrian policies towards Lemberg and Galicia;
- Relations that developed between Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians in the Council;
- The mechanism of forming a power elite;
- The Council's influence on life and development of the city and its inhabitants.