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The Great War

Insights and Perspectives


Edited By Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska, Agata Handley and Piotr Zawilski

This publication is a collection of articles which summarise results of investigations into archival materials concerning wartime stories of various nations involved in the Great War. The objective of the authors was to analyse the wartime experience of individuals and local communities as well as whole nations. They further tried to present a closer, more personal overview of wartime drama. As a result the book portrays the impact of the Great War on the lives of multicultural communities, re-constructs individual war narratives and studies consequences of the conflict. The use of various types of historical materials from state archives and from other sources enabled the authors to create a multifaceted portrayal of the war seen from local and international perspectives.
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Archive traces of the drama of war. Sources for investigation into the daily life of inhabitants of cities in the Opole District in the archival fond of the State Archive in Opole


The storm which started in summer 1914 reversed the earlier arrangement of political powers, destroyed the economy of both sides of the global conflict and transformed social structure. The Great War opened the door to the formation of nation states and new political systems. The centenary of this breakthrough event represented a pretext and acted as a starting point for extensive research into the archival fond of the State Archive in Opole. The research was aimed at finding new, unknown and hitherto unstudied archival materials. Thanks to the materials, the image of the Opole District, known from historical studies as a direct military – supply base, is complemented and enriched with a panorama of the everyday life of citizens in the face of war. Archival materials presenting this event cover the period from the outbreak of war in August 1914 to the signing of the armistice in November 1918.

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