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Elenchus fontium historiae Slovenicae urbanae. – Edition of the Selected Sources for the Slovene Urban History

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.01.00  Humanities  Historiography   

Code Science Field
H220  Humanities  Medieval history 
H230  Humanities  Modern history (up to circa 1800) 
Middle Ages, sources, edition of sources, town, typology of towns, inhabitant of a city, society, economy, culture, law, administration
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (5)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  18164  PhD Matjaž Bizjak  Historiography  Researcher  2008 - 2011  161 
2.  14117  PhD Boris Golec  Historiography  Researcher  2008 - 2011  636 
3.  08466  PhD Dušan Kos  Historiography  Researcher  2008 - 2011  191 
4.  16316  PhD Mihael Kosi  Historiography  Researcher  2008 - 2011  239 
5.  06501  PhD Darjenka Mihelič  Historiography  Head  2008 - 2011  694 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,954 
The planned research project is based on fact that scientific editions of significant sources are among the essential tasks of science of every nation as an indispensable foothold of historical scientific researching of the past. The project group will prepare the Slovene segment to the widely conceived project of the International commission for the history of towns (Commission internationale pour l'histoire des villes), established at the International congress of historical sciences in 1955 in Rome with the intention to join together researchers of history of towns, facilitate their mutual contacts, and in long-term ensure the publication of some fundamental editions of sources among which the Elenchus fontium historiae urbanae was ranked as essential. This was to be scientific edition of selected, key sources for early periods of the history of medieval towns in European states. The project wishes to place Slovenia alongside those European states that have with such publications already enriched their treasuries of achievements in the field of historiography. The project itself means rudimentary work on manuscript sources as the only ones that can offer new knowledge, and at the same time encourages further research studies on the history of Slovene urban past, which is as yet underfed, and its transference to pedagogical practice at all education levels.
Significance for science
The importance of the edition of sources for the development of the historical science is grounded on the fact that every research and every new insight into the past stems from some source. A classical source for history, which examines the past of man in time and space, is a (hand)written record describing more or less simultaneous events or representing a written remnant thereof. The only indispensable base of historical scientific research is the source, the true guide to new findings and knowledge of the past. Slovenian historical science identified the importance of source editions already in the beginning of the 20th century. In the first years after World War II, systematic efforts were made to organise, catalogue, select and publish selected archival materials that contained important data on Slovenian past. Sources, as well as their selection and publication, were given a prominent place among the tasks of Slovenian historiography. The conference on source editions, which was prepared by the Archival Association of Slovenia and the Section of General and National History of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in September 1972 on the premises of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, adopted a draft programme for the edition of sources for Slovenian history drawn up by Acad. Prof. Sergij Vilfan, PhD, and Jože Žontar, PhD. The programme was issued as a brochure that began with the following thoughts: “The conference [...] established that critical editions of important sources were among the topmost priorities of our science. Although such publications are as a rule intended only for a limited number of users, they are of lasting consequence for science and an indispensable resource for historical scientific research. For this reason, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Institute of the History of the Labour Movement, archives and other interested institutions must pay particular attention to this field. [...] The aforementioned institutions must enable qualified scientists to commit to this field and ensure that their work will be subject to appropriate evaluation. The shortage of suitably qualified scientific staff members in our institutions needs to be reversed and technical working conditions call for improvement [...]”. The fifth indent provided for the following with regard to the Middle Ages: “It is necessary to complete the edition of selected charters for the history of towns until 1280 and the earliest town plans [...]”.
Significance for the country
The urban image of the Slovenian area clearly forms part of Slovenian cultural heritage. Another part of Slovenian cultural heritage are (hand)written archival sources documenting town settlements in the Slovenian territory as an important segment of our past as well as present. The edition of selected sources for Slovenian urban history provides new findings and knowledge on an important part of Slovenian past, while at the same time enabling and encouraging further research studies on the history of Slovenian urban settlements, which still remains neglected. Motivations that led to the selection of this project research arise from the realisation that the publication of selected sources for the history of Slovenian towns is a long-wanted desideratum. The project aims at preparing a Slovenian segment within the framework of the European-scale project designed by the International Commission for the History of Towns (Commission internationale pour l'histoire des villes). The commission was established at the international congress of historical sciences in Rome in 1955 with the intention of uniting urban history researchers, facilitating their relations and providing long-term assurances for the publication of some essential editions, i.e. scientific-critical monographic publications of selected key sources for the early periods of the history of medieval towns by individual European countries, including “Elenchus fontium historiae urbanae”. With the preparation of the Slovenian “elenchus”, it is our aim to place Slovenia in the company of France, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia and Austria, which have already completed such projects for their respective areas.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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