Wieś zaginiona. State and prospects for research
Series: Monographs and Materials 5 (MONOGRAFIE I MATERIAŁY 5)
The “village” is not an eternal or a universal phenomenon, but a product of some unique historical circumstances, in which settlement stabilization, intensification of farming and the idea of a self-governing community coincided.
Created in the 12th -14th century, the model of the village survived in a largely unchanged form until the 18th century. The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have gradually decomposed the medieval and early-Romanesque structures of the village, extracting its inhabitants from the “lair” of small autonomous communities, and force them into the steel framework of the modern, industrialized, atomized world.
The main interest of the authors of the texts published in this volume is not a village as such, whether modern or old, but the lost village, understood in different ways. Most of the published texts are written in the Wüstungsforschung movement, i.e. studies on physically abandoned settlements (so-called “pustki” or “pustacie”). In addition to the most literal understanding of the notion of the “lost village” – marking equality between lost and deserted settlements or those abandoned by its residents – the authors also presented some more metaphorical approaches to the topic.
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