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Slovene history

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.01.00  Humanities  Historiography   
6.02.00  Humanities  Archaeology   
6.09.00  Humanities  Art history   
5.06.00  Social sciences  Political science   

Code Science Field
H280  Humanities  Local and regional history, historical geography since the Middle Ages 

Code Science Field
6.01  Humanities  History and Archaeology 
Slovene territory, Slovene ethnogenesis, Roman period, Great Migrations, Middle Ages, Turkish raids, Protestantism, Counter-Reformation, Enlightenment, Illiryan provinces, 19th century, the March Revolution, the era of parliamentarism, economic and social development in the 19th century, decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Slovenians during WW1, Slovenians in the old Yugoslavian state, Slovenians during WW2, Slovenians after WW2, crisis and disintegration of Yugoslavia, Slovenian independence and development up to 2000.
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (29)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  33083  PhD Kornelija Ajlec  Historiography  Researcher  2010 - 2014  363 
2.  08682  PhD Bojan Balkovec  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  674 
3.  07320  PhD Rajko Bratož  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  480 
4.  19135  PhD Alenka Cedilnik  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  115 
5.  31851  PhD Ana Cergol Paradiž  Historiography  Junior researcher  2009 - 2014  200 
6.  13227  PhD Janez Cvirn  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2013  764 
7.  37432  PhD Robert Devetak  Historiography  Junior researcher  2014  163 
8.  22285  PhD Mitja Ferenc  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  540 
9.  30668  PhD Miloš Fon  Humanities  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013  13 
10.  19340  PhD Sašo Jerše  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  140 
11.  28529  PhD Jernej Kosi  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  177 
12.  21755  PhD Walter Lukan  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  103 
13.  14304  PhD Dušan Mlacović  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  203 
14.  18850  PhD Janez Mlinar  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  196 
15.  00862  PhD Dušan Nečak  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  1,200 
16.  11484  PhD Božo Repe  Historiography  Head  2009 - 2014  2,476 
17.  25579  PhD Irena Selišnik  Historiography  Researcher  2012 - 2014  313 
18.  06443  PhD Vasko Simoniti  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  337 
19.  31845  Miha Sluga  Historiography  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013 
20.  21848  PhD Rok Stergar  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  324 
21.  28440  PhD Urška Strle  Historiography  Researcher  2011 - 2013  208 
22.  14605  PhD Viljenka Škorjanec  Humanities  Researcher  2011 - 2013  82 
23.  06249  PhD Peter Štih  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  781 
24.  06248  PhD Marko Štuhec  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  270 
25.  23967  PhD Danijela Trškan  Educational studies  Researcher  2009 - 2014  665 
26.  36648  Jasna Vanček    Technical associate  2013 - 2014 
27.  13806  PhD Marta Verginella  Humanities  Researcher  2009 - 2014  910 
28.  33080  PhD Žiga Zwitter  Humanities  Junior researcher  2010 - 2014  184 
29.  12720  PhD Lilijana Žnidaršič Golec  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2014  243 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  95,857 
1. The Ancient period will cover a period of appr. 8 centuries (2nd century BC (Histrian wars and beginnings of Roman penetration into the northeastern hinterland of the Adriatic Sea) up to appr. 600 AD (decline of Antique structures). This will be the first time the period will be presented in a major scientific synthesis. The work will be based on the extensive historical outlines of two authors, Rajko Bratož and Marjeta Šašel Kos, and several shorter but indispensable contributions from experts in provincial archaeology and numismatics (Slavko Ciglenečki, Jana Horvat, Peter Kos). In addition to the best known aspects of the history of this period, political, administrative and military, there will be a considerable emphasis on settlement and cultural history. The presentation of Antique Ancient history necessarily involves not only the local history of a territory which was never joined under in one political and administrative whole but also on the processes and events in the broader regional and occasionally also pan-European history. 2. The Medieval Period, which is presented in older scientific syntheses as well (e. g. authors Milko Kos and Bogo Grafenauer), will cover 8 and a half centuries between 600 AD up until the first Turkish raids and general crisis in the second half of the 15th century. The entire volume will be written by one author (Peter Štih). His synthesis will feature new views of early medieval processes of ethnogenesis of different ethnic groups, government and social structures. As opposed to older works covering the period, this volume will pay equal attention to all social, ethnic and cultural stratums of society. 3. The history of Modern period will span over three centuries, beginning in the late Middle Ages, cca. 1460, and ending with the reign of Maria Theresa, i.e. cca. 1780). The synthesis will be written by Vasko Simoniti as the main author, with two selected chapters on special topics by Marko Štuhec in Sašo Jerše. The period of Modern history has so far been less present in literature than the Middle Ages (with the exception of Bogo Grafenauer). The many discoveries and establishment of new research topics urgently call for a synthesis of a Modern history. 4. Volume 4 will present around 140 years between the death of Maria Theresa (1780) and the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy after WW1 (1918). This volume will be written by several authors: Janez Cvirn as the main author, and longer integral presentations of the individual subperiods contributed by three other historians (Marta Verginella for the 1st half of the 19th century, Walter Lukan for WW1 and Rok Stergar for individual aspects of social and military history). The period covered in this volume has been the subject of older historical syntheses (Vasilij Melik, Ferdo Gestrin). Recent research in Slovenia and in the neighbouring regions, which will be considered by the authors, deals mainly with the area of cultural history, inter-ethnic disputes in the Habsburg Monarchy and the period of WW1. 5. Volume 5 of Slovenian History will cover the over 80 years since the end of WW1 up until 2000. The main authors will be Dušan Nećak and Božo Repe, and selected topics will be covered by Miroslav Stiplovšek, Mitja Ferenc, Bojan Balkovec, Danijela Trškan. Compared to extensive syntheses by the older generation historians, mainly Metod Mikuž and Tone Ferenc, which dealt mostly with the WW2 period, an important novelty will be a synthesis of the 2nd half of the 20th century, which will also cover the first decade of the independent Slovenian state. The aim of the project is a new, modern synthesis of a medium scope (cca. 2500 pages), which will be a reference work for researchers, study material for university students (primarily postgraduate) and a reliable source of information for researchers specialized in other fields and the interested public.
Significance for science
The History of the Slovenes programme group, the only of its kind in Slovenia, covers comprehensively the entire Slovene history spanning from ancient civilisations to the independent Slovene state of today. It is thus capable of conducting comprehensive synthetic research that exceeds individual periods as well as specialised research for specific periods and topics, in addition to discussing the Slovene history as a whole. In doing so, it sets the research within the European and global context of events, following the principles of comparability. In addition to synthetic depictions, it draws from its basic scientific premise of opening up new topics while also touching upon the old, seemingly solved historiographical issues from fresh, more contemporary and more complex standpoints. This does not apply only to the changed views of the “classic” political and national history, but especially to the many areas that have thus far been neglected or even overlooked, namely social and demographic history, history of elites, urban history (including the question of modernism and conservativism), local history, cultural, economic, sports, environmental history (interaction of people and their environment), history of education, question of identities, history of emotions, history of manners (i.e. etiquette), history of gender (including history of masculinity), history of the body and history of medicine. The group detects an especially burning issue in the problem of applying history, places of memory, public use of memory and oblivion. Several of these topics have already been initiated in the past research period which was otherwise intended mostly for writing syntheses, and will be further expanded and developed in the present research period. The significance of research results is not limited only to the national humanistic and social science framework, but also, at least to the same degree, to the informing of the global history science on the entire history of this area, which was not adequately or even correctly depicted in the major syntheses of extensive European historiographies, often passing by as anonymous. Individual periods in the history of this area (e.g. the time from the 4th to the early 7th century, a significant part of the 16th century, certain periods of the 19th and 20th century) are of great importance for the development of Europe, even essential in some rare cases. For various reasons, the work produced by the Slovene science in this area has not been adequately considered by the global historiography, but the situation is improving significantly and relatively quickly, largely due to the international efforts of members of groups as well as synthetic work and scientific articles which the research group publishes in foreign languages.
Significance for the country
The significance of researching the Slovene history as conducted by the Slovene History programme group can be seen in multiple layers. The most important aspect is its social and cultural role as it creates and publishes fundamental and synoptic works on the Slovene history from the times of antiquity to the present day, thus contributing to the recognition of cultural heritage and national identity. History remains one of the fundamental identities of the Slovene nation (probably serving as one of the pillars in addition to language.) Furthermore, historiographic research and objective relationship to the past are the only foundations that enable realistic assessments of the results achieved and making plans for the future. At a time of rapidly changing circumstances, and the breakdown of old and creation of new integrations, such knowledge is especially important for a small nation. Furthermore, it is important to present the Slovene history to the European and global public, to compare it with the history of similar nations and to depict relations with the neighbouring nations as well as larger powers. All this contributes to Slovenia’s recognisability in the world, to the better understanding of Slovene particularities, and can also serve as (mostly depending on the politics) a foundation for the current and future formation of relationships with the neighbouring nations and, in a wider sense, long-term geostrategic planning of the country’s development. The third aspect of significance lies in the careful balance between production and appearances in the Slovene language and publications, lectures and attendances at conferences held abroad. Even though the programme group has achieved resounding success abroad, as shown by its individual and collective references, and even though a lot of its teaching and research energy is invested in work with foreign students and researchers, and has developed a wide network with universities and institutes around the globe, it sees one of its fundamental missions in preserving and developing the Slovene historiographic scientific language. While also considering development in the world and in addition to the inclusion of researchers in international projects, it perseveres in developing its own methodological and other scientific concepts. This method of work and planned development is ultimately enabled by the balanced composition of the group which comprises experienced and internationally established researchers as well as young colleagues with fresh ideas who have successfully completed their studies within the group and are, despite the difficult financial circumstances, included in the scientific and teaching process at home, while also participating in projects abroad. The fourth aspect of the programme group’s significance arising from its combination of teaching and research work lies in the direct transfer of research results to teaching and public practice. The group stands out by writing textbooks in addition to scientific works, and participates in the preparation of documentary and other materials for wider public use. The persons in charge of individual periods are relevant and frequent partners in dialogue in the public on questions of history. The group is capable of illuminating and presenting to the public various history topics, especially those that are the cause of continuous conflicts and divisions in Slovenia, and of doing so in an eloquent and scientifically supported manner, using various ideas as starting points, while at the same time remaining within comprehensible popular limits.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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