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Beyond the Trenches – The Social and Cultural Impact of the Great War

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Edited By Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska, Agata G. Handley and Piotr Zawilski

This collection of articles is the outcome of extensive investigations into archival materials, concerning the involvement of various nations in the Great War. The authors analyse the wartime experiences of individuals and local communities, as well as whole nations. They offer a closer, more personal view of the impact of the Great War. The book re-constructs individual war narratives, and studies the long-term consequences of the conflict. The result is a multifaceted portrayal of the war, seen from local and international perspectives.

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Andrea Brait studied History, Political Science and German Studies in Vienna. She is a University Assistant at the Department of Contemporary History and the School of Education / University of Innsbruck. She teaches and investigates, with a particular interest in remembrance policy and musealisation, the relations of Austria with its neighbouring countries and the field of history didactics; she has provided numerous lectures and publications on these topics.

Anna Caban has been working as an archivist in the State Archive in Opole since 2003. She graduated from the Faculty of History of the University of Lublin. She is mainly involved in provision, protection of personal data and digitalisation.

Bartosz Górecki is an archivist and historian working in the State Archive in Łódź. He studied history at the University of Łódź. His research explores the economic and contemporary history of Poland. He is an active participant in the educational and popularising activities undertaken by the Polish National Archive. Among other publications, he is the author of the graphic novel November Photographs (Listopadowe zdjęcia) devoted to the events of 11 October 1918.

Dr Agata G. Handley is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philology at the University of Łódź. The main areas of her academic interests are contemporary British and Canadian Literature and British culture with a special emphasis on the English North. She is the author of the book Constructing Identity: Continuity, Otherness and Revolt in the Poetry of Tony Harrison (2016) and is a member of the editorial team of Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture.

Prof. Dr Hassan A. Jamsheer, lecturer at the Chair of International Relations of the Warsaw Management Academy. Until 2012, head at the Chair of Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of History, Department of Philosophy and History, University of Łódź. As a historian and specialist in international affairs, he is interested mainly in the Arab and Islamic world. A Member of the Oriental Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences as well as many other international and Polish expert societies.

Dr Sławomir Jan Maksymowicz graduated from the Institute of History at the Pedagogical University (WSP) in Olsztyn in 1995. Since 1995 he has been work←317 | 318→ing as an archivist in the Department of Processing Former German Files in the State Archive in Olsztyn (Oddział Opracowania akt poniemieckich Archiwum Państwowego w Olsztynie). In February 2014 he obtained his PhD degree in History at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. His scientific interests are concentrated on the history of Warmia and Mazury in 1914–1945.

Dr Tomasz Matuszak, a historian – archivist. A Director of the State Archive in Piotrków Trybunalski. An author, co-author and editor of seven book publications. He specialises in methodology of working with archives, in archive studies and in education in archive studies as well as in military history in particular in the history of the Polish air force in 1918–1939.

Dr Kamila Pawełczyk-Dura, she is working in the State Archive in Łódź. Her scientific interests are focused on the history of the Russian orthodox religion, mainly during the Soviet period, on the operation of various churches in realities of totalitarian countries as well as on Russian philosophical, theological and social-political ideas.

Dr Frank M. Schuster studied in Germany and Finland, obtained his doctorate at the University of Basle/ Switzerland, is a historian, literary and cultural studies scholar. Currently he’s a visiting Professor at University of Łódź and a Professor at the Łódź Academy of Humanities and Economics. In addition to his research on World War I and cultural, regional and urban history, his interests primarily focus on the phenomena of multiculturalism, religion and memory in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as on the relationship between history, literature and media, especially photography and film.

Dr Marcos Silber, a senior lecturer at the Department of Jewish History and chair of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel. He has published numerous works on the Jewish experience during WWI in the Polish lands as well as on Jewish autonomism, Yiddish cinema and popular culture and Polish-Israeli relations.

Marek Szczepaniak, a chief of the Gniezno branch of the State Archive in Poznań. In 1981 he graduated from the Faculty of History of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is an archivist and a historian, an expert in religious studies and an educator in archive studies.

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Grażyna Tyrchan works in the Gniezno branch of the State Archive in Poznań and specialises in the local history and education in archive studies. She graduated from the Faculty of History of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She completed post-graduate archive studies at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń.

Tomasz Walkiewicz, a historian and an archivist. In 2005 he graduated from the Faculty of History of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Since 2006 he has been working in the State Archive in Łódź as a senior archivist in the Department of Inventory, Information and Access (Oddział Ewidencji, Informacji i Udostępniania).

Krzysztof Paweł Woźniak, a historian and an ethnographer in the Department of the History of Poland in the 19th Century of the University of Łódź. Investigates into the participation of the German population in the social and economic life of the Kingdom of Poland as well as into the modernisation processes, history of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in central Poland and the history of multi-cultural Łódź.

Ionela Zaharia, M.A. is a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the Babes – Bolyai University in Romania. Her interests and her Ph.D. project are focused on the Romanian military clergy from Austria-Hungary during the Great War.

Piotr Zawilski, a Director of the State Archive in Łódź. He graduated from the University of Łódź (World Archaeology) and the University of Nicolaus Copernicus (Archival Studies). He has been involved in state administration work since 1989. In 1998–2006 he was a Director of the State Archive in Piotrków Trybunalski and since March 2006 he has been the Director of the State Archive in Łódź. Since 2012 Piotr Zawilski has hold the function of the Vice-President of the Association of Polish Archivists (Stowarzyszenie Archiwistów Polskich).

Dr Magdalena Żakowska is a historian and a specialist in the field of International Relations. She works as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of International and Political Studies at the University of Łódź (Poland). She researches into such topics as the image of Russia in the West European cultures, as well as the history and cultural identity of Central, East and South European countries.

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