Armenians in Old Poland and Austrian Galicia: A Demographic and Historical Study

Summary

This monograph, which complements the existing body of work on the Armenian diaspora in a Central European context, is the first demographic synthesis devoted to the Armenian community in Old Poland and Austrian Galicia (1772–1860). It is the story of the biological and cultural trajectory of a human life: birth, marriage, childbearing, family life, sickness, old age and death. The author enumerates the Armenian diaspora in Austrian Galicia and poses questions regarding Armenian identity, religious practices and community life. The book includes a discussion of archival sources and contains a selection of the parish family registers (status animarum) in the annex. These documents, which not only enhance the narration but also detail the Armenian families, can stimulate further research and support genealogical investigations.

 

Publication co-published with Brill Ferdinand Schöningh.

Chapters

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Introduction .......... IX
  • CHAPTER I: SOURCES AND LITERATURE .......... 1
  • CHAPTER II: THE ARMENIANS AND THEIR SMALL COLLECTIVITY .......... 47
  • CHAPTER III: THE ARMENIAN WAY OF MARRIAGE .......... 91
  • CHAPTER IV: OFFSPRING .......... 135
  • CHAPTER V: THE ARMENIAN HEARTH AND HOME .......... 193
  • CHAPTER VI: DEATH AND THE FUNERAL .......... 253
  • AFTERWORD .......... 307
  • DOCUMENTATION: ARMENIAN CATHOLIC CENSUSES .......... 311
  • MAP .......... 511
  • SOURCES .......... 515
  • LITERATURE .......... 525
  • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS .......... 543
  • LIST OF TABLES .......... 547
  • LIST OF FIGURES .......... 549
  • DOCUMENTS IN THE ANNEXE OF SOURCES .......... 551
  • INDEX .......... 553

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Author Biography

Franciszek Wasyl

Franciszek Wasyl received his PhD from the Jagiellonian University in 2012. His main area of interest is the socio-economic history of Armenians and Jews in the 18th and 19th centuries. He is a collector and editor of source materials that document the presence of ethnic minority groups on the territories of Eastern Europe. He has been working at the Research Center for Armenian Culture in Poland (within the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences) since 2019.

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Published
October 11, 2021