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The Historical Process of Modernization (The Example of Austrian Silesia)
Project IdGA13-28086S
Main solverprof. PhDr. Aleš Zářický, Ph.D.
Period2/2013 - 12/2017
ProviderStandardní projekt GA ČR
AnotationThe project draws on four years of research at the University of Ostrava?s Centre for Economic and Social History verifying theapplicability of research methods and assessing sources. The first main thesis of the research is the claim that although theprocess of modernization was a global phenomenon, it took various different forms depending on specific regional features. Thesecond thesis is that the complex of changes forming the historical process of modernization is the result of an interaction ofexogenous and endogenous factors in the economic and social sphere of each region. The effects of these factors result in a newreality that is qualitatively and quantitatively different from the previous situation. The goal of the project is to verify these twotheses and to plug a gap in Czech historiography ? which still lacks a study dealing with the issue in a comprehensive way withina selected historical region. The basic research of the historical process of modernization will focus on the historical province ofAustrian Silesia from the mid-18th century to 1914.