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Towns and soldiers in the Opole Region during the Thirty Years’ War   Města a vojáci v oblasti Opolska za třicetileté války



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violence   towns   soldiers   Silesia   Thirty Years´ War   urban history   Opole region


Silesian Quarterly Historical Journal “Sobótka” [Śląski Kwartalnik Historyczny „Sobótka”] has been published in Wrocław since 1946 – initially as a semiannual periodical and a yearbook with the title “Sobótka”, and since 1957 quarterly, with the current title. It is among the oldest regional scholarly journals in the field of history in Poland and a significant element of Polish humanities. “Sobótka” is considered one of the most important periodicals concerning Silesian studies, but the editorial team remains open also to material from other thematic fields. The journal serves for presentation of research on history of Central and Eastern Europe, with a special focus on Silesia and neighboring regions and countries, as well as on regional history. For several years, its publisher was the Wrocław Society of History Enthusiasts [Wrocławskie Towarzystwo Miłośników Historii], i.e. the Branch of the Polish Historical Society [Polskie Towarzystwo Historyczne]; currently, the journal is published under the auspices of the University of Wrocław.


The article will focus on various aspects of the coexistence of urban residents from selected Silesian cities (in the area of today’s Opole) with soldiers of domestic and enemy armies during the Thirty Years’ War. Particularly, it will concentrate on the injustices and violence perpetrated, but also on the duties of the townspeople towards soldiers. However, it will also try to investigate the extent to which the experience of the cities was only negative or to trace the basis of possible cooperation between the cities, or further convergence. It also outlines the standard defence mechanisms cities developed over the long years of war to face the military burden.

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Uniwersytet Wrocławski Wydział Nauk Historycznych i Pedagogicznych Instytut Historyczny   click here to follow the link

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e-ISSN 2658-2082   ISSN 0037-7511




pol   eng

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