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Variability in Perspectives on Current Issues in Social Sciences

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Daniel Bešina

Social and human sciences are currently in a special position. On the one hand, they are subject to frequent doubts and mistrust while on the other hand, there is a view that the 21st century will be a century of social and human sciences, addressing their importance in solving key cultural and social issues of humanity.

In general, however, we can observe a decreasing interest in human and social sciences. The authors of the book believe that the rejection of the importance of human sciences is based on a fundamental misconception of facts. Society's education and culture is a prerequisite for the economic level of each country. Innovation is not only a matter of technical importance; it is equally important to understand human cultural behaviour in the broadest possible context.

This book presents studies in selected topics from social, human and historical sciences that demonstrate the relevance of the research in the area under consideration. The contributors to this book are researchers in the departments of Archaeology, Ethnology and Folklore, History, Culture and Tourism Management of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra.

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Significant nurses and their activities in the Slovak National Uprising

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Abstract: This study deals with the so far little known and explored chapter of the course of the Slovak National Uprising. It describes the activities of nurses as active participants in the uprising. These little-known women provided the necessary treatment for the wounded partisans, providing health care during and after the fighting. In addition to opening a topic that has so far been at the margins of interest in Slovak historiography, the study also introduces an element of gender studies on the topic of national history, which is traditionally viewed through political and military-strategic aspects. It consists of 9 biographical medallions, which represent a chronological description across the lives of these little-known characters of armed uprising against the regime of the Slovak state.

Keywords: nurses, war, uprising, Slovakia, Red cross, Slovak state

Authors of monographs, studies and articles usually focus on the description of individual army branches in dealing with World War II. These usually comprise three basic branches: naval, air and ground forces. They also concentrate on the individual facets of armaments and equipment, number of personnel or prototypes of weapons and machines developed to improve a position in a given military conflict. However, they often forget about the people – the ordinary regulars who form these three basic branches. It is they who fight on the front line, use and operate individual machines and machinery. It is mainly regulars, members of units consisting of ordinary men and less frequently women, who form the...

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