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Man, Nature and Environment between the Northern Adriatic and the Eastern Alps in the Premodern Times

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.01.00  Humanities  Historiography   

Code Science Field
H270  Humanities  Social and economic history 

Code Science Field
6.01  Humanities  History and Archaeology 
environmental history, northern Adriatic – eastern Alpine area, Middle Ages and Early Modern Times, interdisciplinarity, perception of nature, control of nature, natural disasters, interaction town-environment, water and wind energy, climatic history, man and forest/wood
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (13)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  18164  PhD Matjaž Bizjak  Historiography  Researcher  2011 - 2014  161 
2.  11958  PhD Robert Brus  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  740 
3.  02937  PhD Katarina Čufar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  962 
4.  14117  PhD Boris Golec  Historiography  Researcher  2011 - 2014  626 
5.  26070  PhD Kristjan Jarni  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  98 
6.  16316  PhD Mihael Kosi  Historiography  Researcher  2011 - 2014  239 
7.  31243  PhD Peter Mikša  Historiography  Researcher  2011 - 2014  690 
8.  14304  PhD Dušan Mlacović  Historiography  Researcher  2011 - 2014  207 
9.  18850  PhD Janez Mlinar  Historiography  Researcher  2011 - 2014  198 
10.  28439  PhD Miha Seručnik  Historiography  Researcher  2011 - 2014  50 
11.  06249  PhD Peter Štih  Historiography  Head  2011 - 2014  784 
12.  06248  PhD Marko Štuhec  Historiography  Researcher  2011 - 2014  273 
13.  33080  PhD Žiga Zwitter  Humanities  Junior researcher  2011 - 2014  185 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  66,527 
2.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  96,922 
3.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,715 
Environmental history is an entirely untouched field of research of Slovene historiography. This unsatisfactory state of affairs calls for measures which will gradually introduce a new, distinctly socially relevant field of research to the Slovene historiography. The main goal of the submitted project, which is characterized by its pioneer and pilot features, is therefore to open the field of environmental history in the sphere of Slovene historiography.   The project is limited to the Middle Ages and the Modern Times, up to the emergence of industrialization and modernization, which had an all-embracing and global effect on the relations between man, nature and environment. The project is geographically limited to the area between “the northern Adriatic and the eastern Alps”, which means that the spatial emphasis lies in the territory of the present-day Slovenia with the logical inclusion of its neighbouring regions, depending on each respective historical framework and the topic of each part of research.   The project is designed interdisciplinary. The historical and the natural science part of the project are not separated; the conclusions of one part will be of benefit to researchers in their research of the other part. The interdisciplinary design of the project defines its two main research axes: the historiographic and that of natural science. The former is more extensive and is therefore divided into smaller research part (See item 13).   The project with its series of specific and at the same time topic-wise divergent researches (case studies) aims to point at the potential of environmental history within historiography and to the significance of the topics, which environmental history deals with, for the broad social environment. The research will enhance the existing knowledge on the history of the area in question. In order to materialize the set goals the project will originate in the entanglement of the area into broader social, economic and cultural flows. It will follow the comparative method and compare its approaches and findings to broader historiography. Furthermore, the projects aims to establish basic research infrastructure, establish contacts and cooperation with experts and institutions in the neighbourhood which deal with similar topics. The project thus means to place Slovene historiography into the European network of environmental historiography. Moreover, the project aims to educate one or several young scientists who will in the long run systematically deal with environmental history.   The research in the framework of the project will produce qualitatively comparable and internationally referential scientific findings. In quantitative terms numerous publications of various kinds will emerge in the framework of the project. The historical part of the project envisages a preparation of some fifteen original treatises and one monograph. The natural science section of the project will prepare one or two original scientific articles in a journal with IF and publish an original scientific article in a Slovene publication. Both sections will produce several popular articles, whose purpose will be to popularize the topic of the project. An international and interdisciplinary science symposium will be held upon the conclusion of the project; the project’s results will be published in a miscellany.   The project dealing with a socially relevant subject will in a broader social context enrich the knowledge required by the society in connection with environmental issues. The comprehension of the historical component is important for a better grasp of modern happenings in the sphere, and consequently for the process of reaching appropriate decisions. The publication of results and their popularisation will contribute to environmental awareness, to shaping of values which are important for man’s attitude to nature and environment as well as to continual development and social cohesion in Slovenia.
Significance for science
The project has thoroughly opened the research field of environmental history of the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times for Slovene historiography. The conducted researches feature innovation and interdisciplinarity. Slovene history as well as the history of the broader northern Adriatic and western Pannonian area was enriched by the project through new findings, the project also illuminated new aspects thereof. A basis for further development of environmental history within Slovene historiography has been established. Researches carried out within the project provide new groundwork for a comprehensive synthesis of the attitude man–nature–environment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times. The project also represents a contribution to the development of natural sciences. It enabled the training of young scientists in the sphere of environmental history who will subsequently act as (long-term) operators of this research field. By means of international connections, the implementation of comparative research method that has put the findings into the context of international studies, the project has intensified the international integration of Slovene historiography. In the scope of the project, intense contacts were formed with researchers examining environmental history of preindustrial periods in neighbouring countries.
Significance for the country
Research within the project was directed at socially pressing subject matters that elicit an increasingly sensitive reaction of the society. It has enhanced the knowledge required and requested by the society in terms of environmental issues, in which knowledge of historical component is of importance both in the light of management of environmental resources and in the light of planning of future and understanding of environmental changes. The presentation and popularisation of research results have contributed to the intensification of social awareness of the importance of preservation of nature and responsible environmental management. The project was socially important in the light of natural and cultural heritage. Its results will be implemented in the planning of a more sustainable development, as the research that has been carried out is associated with the goals defined in Slovenia’s Development Strategy and stated in numerous international agreements and declarations as well as laid down by national law and European legal order. By means of publication of research results and their popularisation the project contributes (indirectly) to environmental awareness and to the formation of set of values that are important for man’s attitude towards nature and environment. The project thus provides the opportunity for its results to contribute also to social cohesion.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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