Wadowice. A Case Study

Wadowice. A Case Study

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March 27, 2014

Center for Urban History, Lviv

Konrad Meus presented his research. In his book "Wadowice 1772-1914. Studium przypadku miasta galicyjskiego" (Wadowice 1772-1914. An Example of a Galician City) Konrad Meus seeks to show the social and economic changes in the nineteenth century that transformed the insignificant town of Wadowice into an important urban center in Galicia (the process of urban growth).

The book analyzes the processes that affected the development of the city, its "civilizational discovery" and "discovery of  modernity." The author focuses mainly on communication capabilities, administrative reforms, social mobility in local terms, educational queries and economic relations. A case study with a comparative analysis, ​​the monograph succeeds in creating a complete image of the city and compares the scale of the social and economic transformation in Wadowice to other cities and towns in Galicia, especially in its eastern part. Accordingly, the book describes and analyzes the urbanization processes in the overall context of Galicia.

In the presentation of his book, Konrad Meus was searching for the answer to the question: Do the cities of Galicia have a shared or parallel history? The presentation was also addressed the following:

  • The state of studying the history of Galician cities (Western and Eastern Galicia).
  • The history of Galician cities – areas of scholarly research.
  • Sources of the history of Galician cities (in Austria, Poland, and Ukraine).
  • Classification of Galician cities according to the criteria adopted by Polish and Ukrainian researchers.
  • Using case studies as a method for researching Galician and European cities.

The monograph "Wadowice 1772–1914. Studium przypadku miasta galicyjskiego" launches a series called Studia Galicyjskie (Galician Studies), which will be published by Księgarnia Akademicka (Academic Bookshop) in Krakow. The purpose of the series is to publish literature on the history of Austrian Galicia.

Konrad Meus

is an associate at the Department of Nineteenth-Century History of the Institute of History at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, a student of Professor Kazimierz Karolczak. His research interests include the social and economic history of the Habsburg monarchy, especially the history of Galicia, the development of Galician cities in the nineteenth century, the domestic economy and community of Lviv in 1772-1918. He is a member of the international research group “Galicia 1772-1918.” Since 2012 he has worked in the Polish-Ukrainian grant group whose purpose is to prepare an inventory of historical materials relating to the domestic economy of Galicia in the years 1772-1867 from the archives and libraries of Poland, Austria, and Ukraine (2012-2015). Deputy Chair of the Society of Admirers of the Wadowice Land, member of the Polish Historical Society, member of the Society of Admirers of the History and Landmarks of Krakow. Scholarship recipient of the Lanckoroński Foundation (2014).