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Internal Grant Competition DGC

Cultural and Social Transformations of Society in Subject Towns in the First Half of the 19th Century (the example of the towns of Frýdek and Místek)
Project IdGPP410/10/P067
Main solverMgr. Radek Lipovski, Ph.D.
Period1/2010 - 12/2012
ProviderPostdoktorský projekt GA ČR
AnotationThis project will involve research into questions concerning the transformation of small-town societies in transition from traditional to modern society. It will focus on changes in cultural values and social structures in subject towns owing to the development of proto-industrial modes of production (in this case textile production) and increased immigration to proto-industrial centres. The research will monitor a the social position of representatives of traditional artisan professions with a view to the differences between the rapidly developing textile industry and the other industries. Probate documentation wil be studied in order to characterize a substantial proportion of the social spectrum in small-town societies; this includes lower ranks represented in this case mainly by servants, who probably possessed some personal effects, hence the existence of probate documentation. The research will provide a deeper understanding of social structure in subject towns; up to now, such knowledge has been relatively generalized.